15 May 2009
Ex-rugby player seeks compensation over spinal injuries
A former rugby player is seeking compensation over injuries he sustained during a match.
Durham University student Steven Cox, 24, was playing in a game between St Cuthbert's and St Chad's College - which has a student body comprising a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
He alleges that the referee did not manage the scrum properly and gave the instruction to engage when he was not in position, north-east publication the Journal reports.
As a result of the impact of the scrum, Mr Cox suffered a broken neck and a dislocated spine.
He is taking legal action against the referee's Rugby Football Union insurers.
Mr Cox, who has now returned to his studies but who will be reliant on a wheelchair for the rest of his life, said: "I was at the spinal unit at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for six months.
"I thought if I didn't get myself back to university and do something with my life, I would only be making it worse for myself."