NRL player’s son caught under buggy after game



Cronulla players have rushed to the aid of teammate Chris Heighington’s young son, Rocco, who became caught under a maintenance vehicle after the NRL side’s win over Gold Coast.

The three-year-old entered the field after the siren and was knocked over by the manned buggy, which was being used to collect signage at the southern end of Southern Cross Group Stadium.

He was immediately treated by club doctors and went home with his parents.

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“The doctor said he’s okay,” coach Shane Flanagan said in Sunday’s post-match press conference.

“I think they’re still checking him out. He’s only a little kid (so) you can’t tell them too much what’s wrong with him. So terrible, concerning. Hopefully he’ll be okay.”

Sharks winger Valentine Holmes was one of a number of players who rushed to Rocco’s aid and lifted the vehicle to allow the child to escape.

Skipper Paul Gallen was rocked by the incident.

“It was a pretty distressing sight,” he said.

“It didn’t look good but the boys were there pretty quickly, tilted the buggy on the side and got him out. I can’t imagine what Heighno must feel.

“It didn’t look great but as Flanno said, thankfully, it looks like he’s okay.”


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