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A 14-year-old rugby player died following a series of tackles during a Co Antrim schools fixture last year

A 14-year-old rugby player died following a series of tackles during a Co Antrim schools fixture last year

A 14-year-old rugby player died following a series of tackles during a Co Antrim schools fixture last year

A schoolboy rugby player died on the final whistle just minutes after he was seen holding his head following an earlier challenge, an inquest in Northern Ireland has heard.

Ben Robinson, 14, was not taken off and continued to play in the Co Antrim schools fixture. He collapsed following a tackle and never regained consciousness.

One fellow player said: "He is clean out there."

Ben was playing for Carrickfergus Grammar School against Dalriada High School in Carrickfergus in January last year when he collapsed.

He was treated by a medic at the scene, Dr Paul Loan, and taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he was pronounced dead.

His father, Peter, told the Belfast inquest of his concerns as footage of the match showed his son holding his head, then getting back to his feet following a series of bruising tackles.

"He was hunched, he was not his normal body position, you could see that," he said.

The inquest saw him talking to a team-mate in the middle of the pitch at one stage.

Family lawyer Gabriel Ingram said the other boy was looking "quizzically" at the victim.

He added: "He appears to have his head off to the right and forward slightly."

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