Crowdfunding appeal raises over £58k for Ifan Phillips

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Ospreys hooker Ifan Phillips has revealed that he has had his leg amputated following a serious motorbike accident.

Phillips has now returned home from hospital after the road traffic incident on December 5 left him with life-changing injuries.

A crowdfunding page has been set-up to help him as he adjusts to life post-rugby and it has almost reached £60,000.

The 25-year-old said in a statement posted on the Welsh club’s Twitter account: “I went into theatre on arrival, but following ongoing surgery it was not possible to save my leg. As a result I had to have an above the knee amputation.

Keeping active

“Your kind donations will all be going towards my rehabilitation and hopefully getting a prosthetic leg, which will enable me to experience new opportunities.

“Those who know me well will know how active I am as an individual and I WILL continue to be so.

“All your donations are greatly appreciated so thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Phillips’ crowdfunding appeal is hoping to raise £100,000 to support him and his family during his recovery.

A Wales U20 international, Phillips made 40 appearances for the Ospreys after making his debut in 2017.

Ability to bring some joy to family driving Ben Youngs

England and Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs has revealed that he is playing for his family as he reaches the final chapter of a glittering career.

Youngs is determined to extract everything possible from his final years on the rugby field knowing that his success is a source of comfort to a family that’s struggling.

His brother and Leicester team-mate, Tom, is in Norfolk caring for his sick wife Tiffany, who previously recovered from Hodgkin Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

When asked about his motivation, Youngs replied: “The family. It’s been a tough time and it continues to be a tough time.

“My responsibility is to try and bring some joy. That’s a pretty easy motivation for me. I want to be able to do that.”

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