Teen rugby player in ICU after being injured during match

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A 15-year-old rugby union player is in intensive care after being injured during a school match on Brisbane’s north-side.

St Joseph’s Nudgee College player Alexander Clarke was accidentally hit by another player as a try was scored yesterday afternoon, 9NEWS has been told.

Alexander was left with a serious spinal injury and has undergone surgery to his neck.

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His friends have been left devastated by the incident, describing the avid sportsman as “nice and friendly”.

“Everyone is thinking of him,” friend Joey Kingston said, adding “everyone at Nudgee’s sending prayers for you”.

Alexander is the fourth Queensland teenager in a month to suffer a spinal injury playing rugby union.

A statement by Nudgee Principal, Peter Fullagar, said the Year Nine student’s surgery was successful but he may yet have to undergo another operation.

Nudgee Principal Peter Fullagar said the Year Nine student's surgery was successful. Picture: 9NEWS
Nudgee Principal Peter Fullagar said the Year Nine student’s surgery was successful. Picture: 9NEWS

“The surgical team at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital was satisfied with the outcome and continue to monitor Alexander to assess if a second surgery is required within the coming days,” Mr Fullgar said.

“The extent of his injury is unknown at this stage, and may not be known for days or weeks to come as Alexander recovers.”

The teenager is except to remain in ICU for another three days.

Terrace rugby player Conor Tweedy dislocated his C4 and C5 vertebrae just two weekend ago after a scrum collapsed during a second XV match.

Conor Tweedy was injured just two weekends ago during a match. Picture: 9NEWS
Conor Tweedy was injured just two weekends ago during a match. Picture: 9NEWS

The Year 11 student is now facing a long road to recovery.

“I don’t want to get my hopes up too much,” Conor said.

His family have offered their unconditional support to the Clarkes, issuing a statement saying, “Our hearts go out to him and his family”.

“We really hope their closest are providing them with the support they want. If they think we can offer anything now or in the future, we would love to hear from them,” the Tweedy family said in a statement.

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