This is the heart-warming moment a youth player reached out to an opponent following a tackle that left him injured.
Jacob King, of Dowlais under 9’s “went missing” from his team-mates following the fixture against Abergavenny to instead check in with an opposing player who was left injected from a fair tackle he made. Settyn Jones, 8, of Abergavenny was left with a twisted knee following the challenge but shook hands with the opposing player after a good game of rugby.
Fans have applauded the scenes after pictures posted online went viral, with thousands of liking, sharing and commenting on the images. It has been described as a moment that shows “what rugby is all about” with both players receiving praise from all over social media for sharing the moment at Bailey Park, Abergavenny on Sunday. You can read more about the latest news on Welsh rugby by clicking here.
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“Jacob is a sensitive boy and went to check up on the player he injured, he never wants to hurt anyone and ran off on his own accord to make sure he was alright, instead of celebrating the match with his team” said mother Leigh King who claims her phone hasn’t stopped ringing since the pictures were shared on social media.
“It is lovely to see and really reflects both the clubs, we had such a warm welcome and everyone has been so complimentary we just want to say thank you to the club for all the kind words and wish I set up a speedy recovery” she added.
Chris Jones was refereeing the match and is the father of the injured Abergavenny player. He praised the Dowlais youth team and described the game as a positive and well played match.
“I’m fine, they have twisted his knee but with a few days of rest he should be fine I think. I only have positive things to say about the Dowlais team, they are great kids and good coaches who were all supportive throughout the match .We would like to add thanks to the Dowlais player for checking up on Settyn ’they added.
Sharing the images on social media, the Abergavenny Mini Rugby Club praised the sportsmanship shown by the two players stating: “The players’ attitudes from both teams throughout the game were exceptional. a credit to the Dowlais RFC, but I’m sure any other member of the Dowlais team would have done the same.The coaches can be very proud of what they’re doing, as should the parents. the future. “
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