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Cardiff Blues confirm Owen Williams has suffered 'significant' spinal cord injury

The 22-year-old Welsh centre incurred the injury at the World Club 10s.

Owen Williams in action for Wales against Australia in 2013.
Owen Williams in action for Wales against Australia in 2013.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

CARDIFF BLUES HAVE confirmed that Wales centre Owen Williams incurred severe injuries to his spine and cervical vertebrae at the weekend.

The 22-year-old sustained the injury during the first half of a play-off game against the Asia Pacific Dragons, at the World Club 10s on Sunday afternoon. Capped four times for Wales since his June 2013 debut for Wales, Williams has appeared four times for his country.

Cardiff Blues have today confirmed that Owen Williams has suffered a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord. He underwent an operation on Monday to stabilise a fracture and is currently recovering in hospital in Singapore.”

Brian O'Driscoll and Owen Williams Williams is fended off by Brian O'Driscoll in September 2013. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Blues’ statement continued, “The family of Owen Williams are now at his bedside along with senior Blues management and medical staff. Arrangements are currently being made to co-ordinate his safe transfer home at an appropriate time.

“Cardiff Blues and the Williams family would like to thank the many hundreds of well-wishers who have offered messages of support.”

The club will be making no further comment but will share further updates when they are available. They ended their statement with #StayStrongForOws, a hashtag that has been widely used by the rugby communuity since the severity of the injury became apparent.

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