Owen Williams has 'significant spinal cord injury'
June 25, 2014
Cardiff Blues and Wales centre Owen Williams has sustained a significant spinal cord injury and has undergone surgery to stabilise a fracture. He remains in hospital in Singapore although arrangements are being made for him to be flown back to Wales.
A statement by Cardiff Blues said he had "suffered a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord". They added that his family are at the hospital with him "along with senior Blues management and medical staff …
"[We] will be making no further comment, but will continue to share further updates when they are available. We would also ask that the privacy of Owen Williams and his family is respected at this time."
Williams, 22, sustained the injury during a match at the inaugural World Club 10s tournament on Sunday. He was taken to hospital but only now have the extent of his injuries become public.
Players and supporters from all over the world have sent messages of support to to Williams and his family. The twitter hashtag #staystrongforows has attracted a huge following over the past 24 hours.
Williams made his Wales debut during last summer's tour to Japan, winning the most recent of his four caps against Australia last November.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Concussion, relegation and the mother of all surprises - it's the Monday Maul.
Huw Richards assesses where Wales are after a mixed Six Nations, with front row seats still very much available for the World Cup
John Mitchell lapped up the action on 'Sensational Saturday' - but warns not to expect a repeat come Rugby World Cup time later this year
Craig Dowd warns England, Ireland and Wales they should play to their strengths rather than those of the All Blacks and the Wallabies