Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa spent a second night in hospital after suffering a neck injury in the Gallagher Premiership match against Saracens.


Fatialofa, a 27-year-old second row from Auckland, had been on the pitch for just over a minute of Saturday’s 62-5 defeat at Allianz Park when he was hurt while taking the ball into contact.

Play was held up for almost 10 minutes as he received medical attention and, having been carried from the pitch on a stretcher, he was taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

“We will provide a further update on Michael’s condition when we have one,” read a statement on Worcester’s website.

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“On behalf of Michael we would like to thank all those who have passed on messages of support and concern.”

Fatialofa’s wife sent a message to their supporters via Worcester Warrior’s Twitter account.


“Haven’t had a chance to reply to a single person yet but Michael is overwhelmed (in the best way) by all the prayers and support — it’s truly helping keep his spirits high, just so thankful honestly for the outpouring of love!

“We can tangibly feel the presence of God enveloping us in this horrible situation and have such trust that He is good through it all. Update wise: Michael is stable in Intensive Care right now. Please keep praying for any improvements.”

Alan Solomons spoke of his ‘massive concern’ for the player on Saturday.


“For me, a neck injury like that is a massive concern and I am worried about it, but I haven’t had any report from the hospital,” Solomons said.

“It seemed like he dropped his head as he went into contact, but I haven’t studied the footage. It seems like he’s taken a blow to the neck.

“The medics have taken all precautions and have done everything possible. We’ve contacted his partner to let her know.”

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall added: “Our thoughts are with Michael Fatialofa. It didn’t look great. His health is the most important thing.”

– PA, additional reporting RugbyPass

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