Jack is 26 years old and earns his living as a self employed sports rehabilitation therapist. He has played rugby all his life; captained his university, captained his county, his club team were u17 national champions having previously reached the last 16 of the Daily Mail Cup and played semi professional rugby with Ealing Trailfinders. He is a natural sportsman and in recent years has done a lot of surfing.
On 8th March 2014, Jack was playing for Wimbledon RFC against Haywards Heath when he was trapped under a ruck and sustained a fracture dislocation of 5th cervical vertebra with full spinal cord damage at that level . This was orthopedically stabilised in a 14 hour operation at Haywards Heath but the neurological damage could not be repaired. Jack remains paralysed but, has some upper arm movement and with this is able to use an electric wheelchair. There is no expectation of improvement.
Jack is in a long term relationship but has no dependants. Many people are fundraising for Jack - running marathons etc , many people are donating to his cause. Wimbledon RFC have been very attentive and supportive as have the injured players assoc on behalf of the RFU. The Voyagers have made a donation of £5,000.