Great news – Thom Evans flies home to Scotland

Great news that Thom Evans has returned home from Wales to continue his recuperation following two neck operations. The Scotland winger was stretchered off during Scotland’s RBS Six Nations defeat to Wales after suffering a serious neck injury and was immediately admitted to the University Hospital Wales. Hopefully he will make a good recovery and will be starring for Scotland again soon.

The Glasgow Warriors player praised both the hospital staff and those on duty at Millenium Stadium on the day of the match.

“The care I received in Cardiff was outstanding and I owe a great debt of gratitude to my main surgeon Sashin Ahuja and neuro surgeon John Martin who accompanied me in the ambulance and who was present during my first operation,” said the 25-year-old, whose team-mate Chris Paterson also suffered kidney damage in the same match.

“I cannot thank enough the Scotland team doctor, James Robson, physiotherapist Lisa Casey and WRU doctor Mike Fardy for their extreme professionalism whilst on the Millennium Stadium pitch.

“I have been amazed and moved by the many, many messages of support from well-wishers inside and outside the rugby world who have taken the time to send me and my family their best wishes.”

Spinal surgeon consultant Ahuja commended the Scottish Rugby Union and Welsh Rugby Union medical teams for the high standard of care Thom received on the pitch which was essential for his successful treatment later.

“I was watching the game and could see the medical care provided on the pitch was excellent,” Ahuja said.

“Thom was admitted with a very unstable injury to his neck. He was scanned and operated on within hours of admission.

“The first operation was critical to protect the spinal cord as the vertebra had slipped.

“This was performed on the Saturday night and was successful with Thom showing immediate signs of recovery.”

Evans will wear a collar for at least six weeks to allow the soft tissue to heal and his outpatient and rehabilitation care will continue in Glasgow.

Scotland team doctor Robson added: “We have witnessed the rugby and medical families acting as one to ensure Thom has received the very best of treatment, just as Chris Paterson did in the aftermath of his kidney injury and we are most grateful.”

Thom Evans flies home to Scotland | Glasgow and West | STV News.

Scotland wing Thom Evans to undergo second operation on neck injury – Telegraph

Thom Evans is to undergo a second Operation on his injured neck. Apparently this is an “optional” surgery which he has opted to have carried out now rather than later. Hopefully this will help his recovery and he will be back playing rugby as soon as possible,

Chris Paterson, who was also taken to the same hospital after suffering serious bruising to a kidney, was due to be released either last night or this morning. Paterson, who made his 100th appearance for Scotland in the game against Wales, is expected to stay in Cardiff for a few days rest. The injury is likely to keep him out of rugby for at least 10 weeks.

Six Nations 2010: Scotland wing Thom Evans to undergo second operation on neck injury – Telegraph.

Thom Evans Scotland Rugby Player Has Neck Surgery

Thom is carried from the Field.

Sad news after today’s defeat at the hands of Wales. Sky has this

Scotland wing Thom Evans has undergone neck surgery after being injured in the RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

The 24-year-old Glasgow player was carried off following a sickening first-half collision and taken to Cardiff’s University Hospital.

Scotland team doctor James Robson said tonight that Evans was “moving his arms and legs”.

Full-back Chris Paterson, who won his 100th cap today, will also be detained overnight at the same hospital after suffering damage to his right kidney.

Robson said: “Thom has sustained damage to his neck that has required surgery.

“He is moving his arms and legs, and we are hoping for a speedy recovery.

“Chris sustained damage to his right kidney during a collision in the first half.

“On behalf of the players, their families and the entire Scotland party, I would like to thank the hospital staff and the medical team at the Millennium Stadium for the quality of their care.”

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson added: “Our thoughts are with Thom and Chris. We wish both a speedy recovery.”

Hopefully both players will be OK and back playing for Scotland shortly.

Thom Evans Scotland Rugby Player Has Neck Surgery After Sickening Collision In Six Nations Match | UK News | Sky News.

Scottish Hearts broken by the Jonah Jinx

With Brown and Blair playing for Scotland, I should have known we were jinxed. With 70 minutes to go, a great performance from Scotland meant they were leading by ten and seemed to have the game sealed.

Sadly it was not to be and Wales scored the final try with Scotland down to 13 men.

A great game and we should congratulate the Welsh on keeping it going until the final whistle, but nothing short of heart-breaking for Scotland.

Never mind there is, as always, next year!

BBC Sport – Rugby Union – Wales 31-24 Scotland.

Rugby Union Commentator Bill McLaren Dies

Rugby union commentator Bill McLaren has died aged 86

Sad news that the “Voice of Rugby” Bill Mclaren has died. To me he was the ethos of Rugby as a sport and a true gentleman and epitomised all that is best in Scotland

Sky has this:

McLaren spent almost 50 years as a national broadcaster, beginning his career on BBC radio in 1953.

Known as the “voice of rugby”, he was honoured with an OBE, a CBE and an MBE for his services to the sport.

Until 1987, McLaren combined his broadcasting career with his role as a PE teacher, coaching several players who went on to play for Scotland.

McLaren died in hospital in his hometown of Hawick in the Scottish borders.

Rugby Union Commentator Bill McLaren, Known As ‘The Voice Of Rugby’, Dies Aged 86 | UK News | Sky News.