2022-04-22 02:07:00

A Go Fund Me page has been created for Nathan Stapleton, after the full extent of his injury was revealed.

The former Cronulla Sharks flyer has been left a quadriplegic, paralysed from the shoulders down, after a rugby incident gone wrong earlier this month.

The 32-year-old, who has an 18-month-old boy and is expecting another child in the coming months with his partner Katie, was caught in a ruck while playing for Boorowa against West Wyalong in the Central West District Rugby Union in NSW on April 9.

The Boorowa Rugby Club announced on Tuesday the 32-year-old is still in a serious condition in hospital after being moved to the spinal unit at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

“During our game last Saturday at West Wyalong, Goldies Men’s player Nathan Stapleton suffered a significant injury during the second half which led to the match being abandoned,” the club posted to its members on Facebook.

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Former Sharks flyer Nathan Stapleton has had a Go Fund Me page created, after a tragic injury playing club rugby. Photo: Brett Costello
Former Sharks flyer Nathan Stapleton has had a Go Fund Me page created, after a tragic injury playing club rugby. Photo: Brett CostelloSource: News Corp Australia

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Just days after the shock announcement, his family have created the Go Fund Me page and said he will approach his “rehab” with the same “determination and commitment” he approached his career with in rugby league.

“Nathan was hospitalised after fracturing his neck while playing country rugby union on 9 April 2022 in West Wyalong,’’ the Go Fund Me page reads.

“Unfortunately, Nathan severely injured his spinal cord during contact and required significant medical assistance.

“Through an incredible effort from members of each club, Nathan was given first aid until paramedics could arrive. Once stabilised, Nathan was airlifted to receive emergency medical treatment in Sydney.

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“Nathan has begun his recovery in hospital, and whilst he shows improvement each day, the extent of his injuries and long term impact remain unclear. Nathan’s spinal cord has been damaged at the C4 level of his cervical vertebrae.

“At this stage, the injury has left Nathan a quadriplegic, paralysed from the shoulders down.

“While the Stapleton family remain hopeful that Nathan will regain some movement, it has become clear that Nathan will require long term support and care.

“Anyone who knows Nathan can attest to his determination and incredible work ethic.

“He has demonstrated this through his success playing in the NRL with both the Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Roosters.

“There is no doubt that Nathan will bring that same determination and commitment to his rehab and recovery. There is no limit to what Nathan can achieve.’’

Stapleton scored 17 tries in 61 games for the Sharks and received representative honours when selected for the Prime Minister’s XIII in 2012.

He also had short stays at the Sydney Roosters and London Broncos, where he called time on his professional career in 2016.

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Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon is one of many who has called on the entire NRL community to rally behind Stapleton, whose career highlight was scoring four tries against the Warriors at Shark Park in 2014.

“It’s so saddening and such a shame,’’ Fitzgibbon said.

“I was at the Roosters when Stapo was there as well.

“It’s just a tragedy for Nathan and his family and whatever the Sharks can do to support them is crucial. Rugby League in general should get behind him. It’s definitely sad news and my best wishes goes to Nathan and all involved.’’

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