19 April 2007
Paraplegic rugby player wins compensation from RFU
A rugby player who was suing for compensation after he broke his neck during a game in 1999 has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
Christopher White was playing for Stamford Rugby Club against a team from Stocken Prison when he sustained injuries that left him paraplegic.
Despite being only 17-years-old at the time and standing just 5ft seven and weighing just nine stone nine pounds, he was representing the team in an adult game.
Moreover, he had not had any specialised training to be playing the hooker position.
Mr White, who is now 25-years-old, argued that given his lack of experience and diminutive stature he should not have been allowed to be involved and was suing the RFU for up to £5 million.
However, although the RFU denied liability for the accident, after overnight negotiations between the parties involved an out-of-court settlement was reached after the first day of the trial.
Wheelchair-bound Mr White is the son of Bob White who formerly played for Leicester.