Shannon rugby supporters are being called on to get behind the family of a young player fighting to recover from serious injuries suffered in a game.
On May 17, Awatapu College first XV player Nathanael "Nat" Manville broke his neck in a ruck during a game in Pahiatua.
Shannon club chairman Dean File said Manville played his junior rugby years in Shannon and went to Shannon Primary School.
"His immediate family and other relatives farmed in the Shannon area for a number of years," he said.
The family is being supported by the Manawatu club and the Rugby Foundation, and fundraising had been carried out by his own school and Tararua School, the opposition team at the game where the accident took place.
The Shannon club had also joined the cause with its own appeal, File said.
"I am sure that . . . our rugby community . . . can appreciate how hard this must be for such a young man and also his wider family," he said.
The club was accepting donations and planning was under way for a fundraising auction, for which prizes were being sought.
Manville underwent major surgery the day after the accident to insert bone grafts on to the fracture and plates into his spine to provide support.
Since then he has progressed from intubation and life support to beginning physiotherapy.
On June 24, he was transferred from Christchurch to Burwood Hospital's spinal unit to begin rehabilitation work. He is expected to stay there until December.
His mother had given up work to move to Christchurch to support him, File said.
The Manville family are keeping the community up to date on his progress, with a Facebook page: Nat Manville Road to Recovery.
To help the Manville family, money can be donated via the Shannon RFC ANZ Levin account using the reference Nat Manville: 06 0669 0122085 00.
File asks donors to include their name in the reference.
The club was also auctioning a signed Hurricanes jersey and a Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland jersey on Trade Me.
To donate items for the upcoming auction, contact Dean File, on 362 7835, 021 544 364 or email@example.com
- Manawatu Standard
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