21 May 2017

Wgtn rugby players offered counselling

6:57 pm on 21 May 2017

Concussion education and counselling are being offered to under-21 rugby players across the Wellington region after the death of a young player, Daniel Baldwin, this week.

Daniel Baldwin and family dog Patti.

Daniel Baldwin died in Wellington Hospital after a head injury from playing rugby put him in a coma. Photo: Supplied

Another Wellington Colts rugby player suffered a head injury during a game yesterday, at which players paid tribute to their former team-mate.

The game was called off as the injured player was taken by ambulance to hospital.

He has since been discharged and is said to be feeling well.

A Wellington Rugby spokesperson said concussion education and counselling opportunities would be made available to all under-21 players in the coming weeks.

Players and officials at the game yesterday wore black armbands and stood for a minute's silence to honour Daniel Baldwin.

The Hurricanes also paid tribute to the 19-year-old with a moment's silence before their game last night.