Rugby player recovering after neck injury

Oval Zone Rugby / Gareth Jenkins

A Pwllheli rugby player is recovering at home after breaking his neck during a league match.

Outside half Matthew Parry (35) needed emergency surgery for a serious spinal injury after playing against his former club Bethesda last Saturday. The Division One North game was abandoned five minutes before half time.

Mr Parry, a scaffolder, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor but later transferred to a specialist unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital for treatment to fuse the bones in his neck and insert a plate.

In a statement, the club said Mr Parry was in pain: ”The use of his left hand is limited and his speech is intermittent. We are told to be hopeful that these symptoms should improve with time.”

”On Mathew’s behalf we want to thank the many of you who have sent your best wishes. The WRU have responded speedily and we are grateful for their support.”

After the abandoned match, Bethesda RFC said: ”We wish Mathew a speedy recovery.”

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