Spanish international critical in hospital

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Spain’s 52-7 win over Holland in a World Cup qualifier at the weekend has been marred by an accident which has left one of its players in a critical condition.

Auckland-born lock Pohutukawa Leauma apparently fell over a distance of eight metres, in circumstances still not completely clear, and suffered serious head injuries in the evening after the game.

Emergency surgery

He underwent emergency surgery in an Amsterdam hospital, after which the Spanish Federation announced that the player’s condition was ‘stable, but extremely concerning.

Leauma, a New Zealander of Samoan origin who represented Samoa U20, is now under observation. He had initially been named in Spain’s squad and would have made his debut in the World Cup qualifier after completing three years’ residency, but a last-minute doubt was raised over his qualification and he was withdrawn from the squad.

The incident happened at a venue owned by one of the sponsors of the Dutch team.

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