Rugby community rallies around Tombs


By NSW Rugby Media

The rugby community has rallied behind former NSW Waratahs player and Wallaby Richard Tombs who was injured playing in a social soccer match in Sydney at the weekend.

NSW Rugby and NSW Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore has extended the organisation’s support to the Tombs family.

"We are monitoring closely what’s happened to Richard and our thoughts are with him and his family during this incredibly challenging time. He has the support of his family and friends as well as the entire rugby community, and we are with him every step of the way,” Hore said.

Tombs’ family issued a statement today: “Last Saturday Richard suffered a severe spinal injury playing in an over 35s football game at Lionel Watts Reserve in Belrose. He underwent surgery that evening but the full extent of his injury is not clear at this stage. Richard is conscious and stable in the intensive care ward at the Royal North Shore Hospital.”

The family said what happened was “just a tragic, freak accident while Richard was playing goalkeeper.

His wife Carissa, the couple’s three daughters Latika, Talani and Ukiesha and the rest of Richard’s family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received and wish to say thank you to everyone who has reached out to them.

The family has kindly requested their privacy be respected as they deal with this very difficult situation and Richard is not allowed visitors.

People are asked to leave any messages for Richard or his family on his Facebook page.

The family are also grateful for the dedication and compassion of all staff at Royal North Shore and the paramedic team. They appreciate Richard is receiving outstanding care.






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