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A Murwillumbah player collapsed on the Nullum Street sports field just before half time in a preliminary finals match against Casino. It is believed he suffered a head injury.

Police, who arrived at the field at around 3:15pm, found the 28-year-old player unconscious.

They were told the man had collapsed shortly after being tackled during the match.

Officials at the ground attempted to resuscitate the player until the arrival of Ambulance paramedics.

He was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition and died overnight.

The Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League(NRRRL) said players will be offered counselling.

President Brian Ricks said the NRRRL will today consider whether to hold a replay of the unfinished match.


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