TV rugby pundit Jonathan Davies's cousin fighting for his life following head injury sustained in match
TV rugby pundit Jonathan Davies's cousin is fighting for his life from a serious head injury in a match.
Police officer Dylan Rees, 30, suffered a bleed in his brain and was critically ill in intensive care with his family at his bedside.
Former Wales hero Jonathan tweeted: "Best wishes to my cousin Dylan Rees who suffered serious head injury playing rugby.
"Come on buddy pull through."
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Dylan was playing centre for Clwb Rygbi Cymru Caerdydd - Cardiff's Welsh language rugby club - when he collapsed after a tackle just 40 seconds before the end of a game.
He was concussed but conscious when match officials called an ambulance as a precaution while the game continued.
But he suffered a serious brain bleed and underwent an emergency operation before going into a coma.
Other top rugby stars including former England hooker Brian Moore were also praying that Dylan pulls through.
Gareth Williams, team manager of Clwb Rygbi Cymru Caerdydd, said: "Dylan went into a tackle situation with one of the opposition.
"It was innocuous and not malicious in any way.
"Dylan was knocked unconscious but came around and was given first aid by physios from both teams.
"An ambulance was called but at that stage he was conscious and inquiring about the result of the game.
"But at the hospital they discovered he'd suffered from a bleed in the brain and had to operate immediately.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Dylan and his family.
"You just don't expect these things to happen - players are tackled a million times over without a problem."
Dylan was playing against Llandaff RFC in the match last Saturday afternoon.
Jonathan Owen, secretary of Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd, added: "Dylan Rees who was playing rugby for the seconds on Saturday is very ill in hospital at the moment. He is currently critical but stable.
"He was concussed in the final few moments of the game on Saturday in a normal tackle situation.
"It was nothing malicious, just one of those normal rugby scenarios. He must have received a knock to his head as he was concussed.
"He received immediate medical assistance and an ambulance was called and Dylan was taken to hospital.
"Everybody was of the view that this was precautionary and nothing more, as Dylan was able to speak as he waited for the ambulance.
"He even asked "Did we win?" as he was taken into the ambulance.
"Unfortunately he has suffered a bleed on the brain and things have become very serious.
"He's had an operation and he's now being sedated in the ITU ward at UHW. He is very ill and his recovery is likely to take a long time."