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Poole leaves hospital after surgery

Scarlets wing Mike Poole has left hospital after undergoing three operations to stabilise a serious neck injury.

Poole, who is on a year's contract with the Scarlets and Wales' sevens squad, was hurt playing for Llanelli in a Premiership game against Swansea 11 days ago.

He suffered a fracture and dislocation to his neck and was transferred from Swansea's Morriston Hospital to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff, where he had surgery.

Poole, 27, has now returned home.

Scarlets head of medical Andy Walker said: "Mike underwent a third operation at the Heath Hospital on Sunday and is doing well.

"The operations have stabilised his spine and Mike is now on the road to recovery and was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

"We will continue to monitor and review Mike's condition over the coming weeks.

"Once again, on behalf of Mike, his family and the Scarlets we would like to express our gratitude to all the staff and medical teams at both Morriston and Heath Hospitals for their excellent work as they continue to monitor him."

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