In a mid-week game for the Second XV school team on December 10, , Mike was playing at centre, instead of his usual winger role, with boys mainly of his own age-range, hoping to impress the coaches and keep his permanent starting spot in that First XV nailed down. Mike Scott, aged 15, about six months before he sustained his injury. Pic: Mike Scott He had scored a try in the first half and the game was going well — when everything changed. Mike Scott on the Sealions voyage Having collected the ball following a breakdown, Mike was attempting to set up a ruck, and as he left the ball to his side, his head hit the ground and he went over causing a compression injury as his head was pushed towards his chest, twisting his neck.

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We exist to inspire true rugby spirit, championing care and empowering our seriously injured players to live life to the full. Listen to how you can help our seriously injured players by donating to the Trust. DONATE About Us It is a sad fact of everyday life that people suffer personal injuries through accidents in their homes, workplace, on our streets and roads and also in the pursuit of leisure activities and sports. In this regard rugby is no different from any other contact sport and unfortunately player injuries occur from time to time.

Such injuries can be of a very serious nature, resulting in permanent disability in some cases. The Irish Rugby Football Union Charitable Trust was formed in to assist severely injured rugby players in their everyday lives, and help to restore their confidence and independence. There are currently 36 seriously injured players registered with the Charitable Trust in Ireland, most of whom are wheelchair bound and have some form of permanent paralysis.

The support provided by the Trust takes many forms and includes financial assistance for medical, nursing and caring expenses, home alterations, education and training costs, provision of wheelchairs and specialised equipment together with motor vehicles and vehicle conversion costs.

The Trust also maintains regular contact with each injured player and their families. This is partly funded by direct grants from the IRFU along with various fundraising campaigns and donations. Fundraising events include sponsored walks coinciding with Lions tours and the Rugby World Cup, golf tournaments, sports quizzes and gala dinners on the eve of a home Six Nations match along with the Friends of the Charitable Trust scheme. The Friends scheme is important to the Trust as it provides a regular income from subscriptions with membership currently in excess of A Friends scheme for clubs is also in place with each member club receiving a Friends plaque for display in their clubhouse.

Our Corporate Patrons are equally important in supporting our seriously injured players with many of our Corporate Patrons supporting fund raising initiatives and often creating their own. Smith and J. Please donate online now.

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