Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Baby Black Rugby Star Robert Hickland Dies

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Robert HicklandBaby Blacks rugby star Robert Hickland, 17, has died from severe neck injuries sustained while playing last month.

This New Zealand under-17 representative was playing for Feilding High School's first 15 against Rathkeale College 1st 15 on June 28 when he broke his neck in a tackle. He was taken to Christchurch's Burwood Hospital where he underwent operations and appeared to be improving before losing the fight.

Feilding coach Rick Francis had earlier praised Robert, and described him as a future All Black, was a rare talent.

My deepest condolence to Robert's family. Rugby World has missed a star in the making. May his soul Rest In Peace.

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Blogger Anna said...

we are all going to miss you robert we are going to miss your cheeky smile. i give my condolence to your family and friends and also your girlfriend rachel goss. rachel keep strong for robert i know this is a hard time for you but kia kaha for robert rachel
love yah rachel
keep safe and keep smiling
remeber the happy times u shared with robert
love anna
Rest In Peace
you were taken from us to soon
the future all black rests in peace now
we will always remeber you robert your cheeky grin especailly miss you.
your in a better place now.

July 19, 2008 at 7:39 AM


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