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Charity rugby game in memory of tragic Benjamin Robisnon

By Michael Sadlier

Family and friends of the late Benjamin Robinson are to play in a charity rugby match tomorrow at Shaw's Bridge in his memory.

Ben, a 14-year-old pupil at Carrickfergus Grammar School, died in January 2011 as the result of 'second impact syndrome' following several heavy tackles received during a rugby match. Since then his parents have campaigned tirelessly to highlight the risks of concussion, promoting the 'recognise and remove' protocol.

The 'BR Barbarians' are set to face a team from Ballynahinch RFC, the NGN XV, named after former Ulster player Nevin Spence, his brother Graham and father Noel who lost their lives in a farming accident in 2012.

The game is due to kick-off at 7.30pm and ahead of the action Colin Williamson, a head injury specialist nurse at the RVH's Regional Trauma Centre, will make a short presentation about head injury awareness and how to recognise the signs and symptoms during and after a rugby match with parents, teachers and young players urged to come along.

"The last thing we want to do is frighten anyone and scare them away from a game that we love," said Ben's father Peter.

"However, it is so important that when it comes to head injuries, that players and their parents, teachers and referees know what to look out for, so that another family does not have to go through what we have.

"Ben loved rugby and so the match will be an opportunity for us to do something in his memory and have a little fun. We hope to raise awareness of the risks of concussion and some money for a number of fantastic charities."

Everyone is welcome, the presentation will begin at 7.00pm with the game following at 7.30pm.

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