A Leeds Carnegie player is in intensive care following a horror crash on the A66 in Cumbria.
Winger James Tincknell is in a stable condition in Middlesbrough’s James Cook Hospital after suffering serious head injuries in the smash on Monday when his car left the road and crashed into a wall.
His club are in contact with his family to offer support.
Head coach Neil Back said: “Obviously, he’s in the best place, getting the best possible care and we’re keeping a close eye on it.
“Hopefully, he will be fit and well and back on his feet soon and back in the environment with the players.
“These things happen – in sport and in life. We’ve just got to get on, safe in the knowledge that everything that can be done is being done to support one of our players.”
The 6ft 4in former England Counties three-quarter, from Cockermouth, has burst on to the scene with Carnegie this season.
Tincknell, who only took up union a few years ago, was rewarded for his impressive start to the campaign with a new two-year-deal in October, despite only joining from Wharfedale last summer.