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Brumbies player in a critical condition after accident

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 29 Mar 2009 at 12:08
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26-year-old Brumbies rugby player Shawn Mackay is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Durban on Sunday morning.

Rugbyweek reports that ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said the player was knocked down while leaving the Clapham Grand night club in Morningside with fellow team mates at 4.15am.

“When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found him lying on the his side on the road… he had suffered massive injuries and had to have advanced life support intervention,” Banks said.

He was taken to St Augustine’s Hospital. The man’s name was being withheld until his team made a formal announcement.

It is understood Mackay, 26, was struck as he and several players were making their way back to their team hotel after they went out following the 35-14 loss on Saturday night.

The Brumbies said Mackay was nursing a broken leg and head injuries but is in a stable condition at Durban’s St Augustine’s Hospital.

“Shawn is a popular member of the playing group and obviously our thoughts are with him,” Brumbies spokesman Nick Smith told AAP.

“While we are still gathering details our primary concern is for Shawn’s health and safety.”

Mackay, who came off the bench in the loss to the Sharks, joined the Brumbies at the start of the season from the Waratahs.

The vehicle that hit Mackay was said to have driven off but returned 10 minutes later and Police have been on the scene and are investigating the incident.

The Brumbies will remain in South Africa this week ahead of next weekend’s match with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.09 12:47:48 by Claytie Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • thoughts and prayers are with this dude and his family

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.03.09 13:09:08 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Any idea where I can get updates on the VCup?

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.03.09 13:14:20 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

    JustPlainSHARKCurrie Cup player
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Yeah, Rob, this is horrible…just hope he recovers…must say he is probably in the best medical hands available!
    I echo your sentiments.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.03.09 15:07:06 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • May he have a full recovery , pity when something like this happens.

    The vehicle that hit Mackay was said to have driven off but returned 10 minutes later and Police have been on the scene and are investigating the incident.

    This is a very popular trend in SA. :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.03.09 19:15:02 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

    csbSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 5) :

    I am sure the driver was NOT the same person either :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.03.09 19:18:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Yip , hopefully its a competent invesigating officer that tracks down eye witnesses.Problem is though by then he/she is sober.


  • Comment 7, posted at 29.03.09 19:27:10 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

    csbSuper Rugby player
  • Sheez another Rugby related disiaster. :sad:

    New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens is in awe of the courage of grieving player Zar Lawrence, who stayed in Hong Kong to contest the sevens tournament this weekend following the death of his younger brother.

    Wiremu Lawrence, 15, was killed when the car he was driving hit a tree in Manukau City early on Saturday morning.

    Zar Lawrence learned of the news later that morning but, with the blessing of his family, vowed to play on.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.09 07:16:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • All the best for a speedy recovery.

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    But his 15-year old brother was driving?

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.09 07:54:01 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.09 08:08:05 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • I wish you a speedy recovery :cry:

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.09 08:36:59 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach
  • Very sad, heres hoping for a full recovery.
    Man the Brumbies will surely have no fond memories of Durban after this, and their hotel rooms being cleaned out of their personal belongings.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.09 08:43:28 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • First of all I hope Shawn a quick recovery.

    I have to say though there are bits to that article that don’t match up with some random chatter/news/other readings that I’ve seen in the past day or so.

    From what I’ve heard that immediately after the accident both the doorman from the club (an ambulance assistant) and our very own Jannie attended to him getting him stabilized the best they could and providing him oxygen before emergency services arrived.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.09 19:21:39 by Milissa (Expecting!! New Sharks Supporter due Aug '09) Reply

    MilissaVodacom Cup player

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