Teen injured in rugby tackle, but makes it to school ball

23:28, Aug 03 2014
Jack Durry
GOING DOWN: Jack Durry clutches his neck as he goes down during a high school rugby game.

A rugby player who was air-lifted to hospital with a neck injury, still got to his school ball - in a neck brace.

Jack Durry, 17, was hurt playing for Waiheke High School 1st XV against Kings College, when an opposing player fell on his head during a lineout near the end of the game.

The accident happened in front of his mother who heard his neck crack and performed first aid.

"It was a bit horrible when he looked up at me and said he can't feel his foot," Durry's mum Cheryl said.

"I just went straight out there because I do first aid at the school, I went out and held his head.

"It was a bit heart-wrenching but it was a good outcome in the end."

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called about 11am and Durry was taken to Auckland hospital in a serious condition where he was given a scan.

However, he was cleared by hospital staff of serious injury and was on the 5pm ferry back to the island to put on his suit for the school ball that evening. He even snuck the neck brace off for photos, but was forced to have an early night.

"I felt so sorry for him," Cheryl Durry said.

"He was trying to rip himself off the tape that was holding him down in the bed. It was such a shame, he had big plans."

The keen prop has been ruled out of rugby for the rest of the season but his family are just happy he is OK.

"It is all positive and I think we will be all sweet," she said.

Waiheke won the fourth-division game 14-10.