NSW rugby league authorities have sent their condolences to family and friends of a 29-year-old father of two who died while playing in a match yesterday afternoon at Ballina.
Zane Purcell was playing for the Lower Clarence Magpies’ reserve grade in their afternoon match against Ballina Seagulls at Kingsford Smith Park when he collapsed after a tackle not long into the game.
A head clash in the tackle is believed to have knocked out Mr Purcell, who was treated on the field by a paramedic using CPR before he was taken by ambulance to Ballina Hospital, where he died soon after.
The Country Rugby League says it is providing counselling to the family and both teams who participated in yesterday’s match. In a statement to Echonetdaily, a CRL spokesman said that ’in respect for the family, we will not be making any further comment at this time’.
Mr Purcell’s teammates and family members have paid tribute to their mate and loved one and extended sympathies to his wife and young children on his Facebook site.
A report is to be prepared for the Coroner.