Rugby player is airlifted to hospital

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A young rugby player was airlifted to hospital after suffering a back injury during a match.

The 16-year-old Lutterworth RFC player was hurt during a match with Oakham RFC under-16s at about 12.45pm on Sunday.

Officials called the emergency services and a helicopter from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance landed on the pitch.

A spokesman from the air ambulance said: “The teenager had been kneed in his back by a fellow player and as a result was suffering from severe back pain.

“The paramedics immobilised the patient in order to help prevent further damage and airlifted him to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, for assessment and treatment.”

The spokesman was unable to give an update on the player’s condition at the time of going to press.

Last year 10 per cent of incidents that the air ambulance service attended were sports-related.