Leeds man of steel plays on despite broken neck

Jordan Anderson. PIC: Simon Hulme
Jordan Anderson. PIC: Simon Hulme
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A talented rugby player is recovering after breaking his neck during a match - but still went on to play the full 80 minutes.


Shaw Cross Sharks’ scrum half Jordan Anderson sustained the injury just before half time of Saturday’s away game at Elland.

The 20-year-old from Bramley was treated all through half time and continued to play on in the second half, resulting in him playing the full 80 minutes.

The Sharks number seven said: “I was going to kick the ball and saw the guy running towards me. I turned by back and he hit the back of my head and landed on me.

“I was checked over by the physio, who did all the usual concussion tests and I was given the all clear.

“I had no pain and felt OK.”

The Sharks went on to win 60-6.

He added: “After the game I felt a bit sore and had a stiff neck.

“I just put it down to the game and just carried on as normal.”

The following day, Sharks physio Rob Stephenson called Jordan to check on him.

He said: “I told him I still had a sore neck and a bit of a headache and he told me to go to the hospital and get it checked out.”

Jordan, who has been playing rugby since the age of 11, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by his dad, David, where he was x-rayed and sent for a CT scan.

Doctors discovered Jordan had broken a bones at the back of his neck and another at the front. He is now recovering at home and has to wear a neck brace 24 hours a day while he waits to hear from a neurosurgeon the full extent of the damage caused.

He said: “They confirmed that they aren’t bad breaks in my neck because they aren’t around my spinal cord.

“They just have to keep an eye on me because at the front of my neck there’s a bone that’s chipped but not moved.

“If it moves they will have to put a pin through it. I just want to get back playing again.”


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