Teen rugby player hurt

Shaanaaz de Jager

A PORT Elizabeth high school pupil, who was seriously injured in a rugby game at the weekend, has vowed to return to the sport.

Framesby High School matriculant Juanre Roberts, 17, had to undergo nearly three hours of surgery at Greenacres Hospital on Saturday evening after his jaw was broken in two places during a rugby game against Daniel Pienaar High School.

Three players were injured in another match and treated for injuries, but discharged on the same night.

Juanre sustained a concussion, his jaw was broken on both sides of his face, his wisdom teeth were knocked out and dental plates damaged.

“It sounded like a hammer had knocked against the wall when his jaw broke,” Juanre’s father, Juan Roberts, said. Juanre, the school’s first team left wing, is also the first team cricket captain.

Juan, a police captain and a former flyhalf, described what had happened to his son as “a malicious tackle and unnecessary”.

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