Eastbourne Rugby Club skipper Joe Tobin is today recovering in hospital after suffering a season-ending knee dislocation during Saturday’s 49-0 league win over Rye.
The second row forward was hit by a double tackle in the 10th minute which left him prostrate on the pitch.
Referee Mark Weller immediately stopped the Sussex League 1 clash at Eastbourne’s Park Avenue ground before moving the match onto an adjoining pitch while Tobin received medical treatment.
The match itself was delayed by 15 minutes before the high-flying Blue & Gold went on to secure a comfortable seven-try victory over their East Sussex rivals.
A collection was held in the clubhouse after the game for self-employed carpenter Tobin which raised £500.
Coach Mal Chumbley said that the player, who is currently being treated at the DGH, would know the full extent of his injury later in the week.
“Joe is going to have another scan to see how much tissue damage there is and doctors will be able to assess how bad the injury will be,” said Chumbley.
“Everyone at the club wishes Joe well.
“It was one of those things. Joe was taking the ball forward, bulldozing through their defence as he normally does, and he got hit by a couple of tackles.
Chumbley praised the quick-thinking actions of the referee in stopping the game.
He said that the Eastbourne skipper will be missed for the remainder of the season.
He was injured doing what he does best, making foraging runs and taking with him a couple of tacklers.
l For a full match report see page 38