James Wragge, pictured playing for Cherbourg, was injured in a rugby league at Bundaberg.
James Wragge, pictured playing for Cherbourg, was injured in a rugby league at Bundaberg. Keagan Elder

Seriously injured footballer in good spirits after surgery

UPDATE (MAY 29, 8.30PM): James Wragge is in good spirits a day after an innocuous tackle left him in hospital.

The Maryborough Brothers player underwent surgery at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital earlier today.

The winger was playing for the club's reserve grade team in their game against Past Brothers when a legal tackle turned into every player's nightmare.

He ended up in an awkward position, and was so severely injured he was airlifted to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Reserve grade coach Lincoln Wilmot said when Wragge initially sat up when paramedics arrived there were hopes the injury wasn't as bad as feared.

But Wragge, a winger, is understood to have three broken bones in his lower back and could be bed-ridden for up to six months in recovery.

Wilmot said Wragge was in good spirits, and the club has opened a Gofundme page to raise money for the winger.   

UPDATE (MAY 29, 11AM): HEARING that James Wragge had movement in his lower limbs was a "huge relief" for Alex Dreger, after seeing the rugby league player injured during a weekend game.

The Maryborough Brothers coach initially held fears of a serious spinal injury for Wragge, after he fell from a legal tackle during their reserve grade game against Past Brothers on Sunday.

"It's a relief for me - the biggest concern was that there was serious damage," Dreger said.

"It's really good to see he's okay."

Wragge was airlifted from the scene by an RACQ Lifeflight Helicopter.

A spokesperson from Royal Brisbane said he was in a stable condition.

Maryborough Brothers president Nic Golusin said it was a huge bonus to hear Wragge was recovering, saying the club had been "overwhelmed" by support from the rugby league community.

"We've had lots of calls and well wishes from the Bundaberg Rugby League community, and the actual committee themselves," he said.

"The president of the opposition also expressed condolences and wanted to be kept in the loop with his condition."

Mr Golusin said the club was planning to fundraise to cover Wragge's medical expenses

EARLIER (MAY 28): A man is in a Brisbane hospital after he was injured in a rugby league game in Bundaberg.

James Wragge was playing for Maryborough Brothers in their Bundaberg Rugby League reserve grade game against Past Brothers at Salter Oval.

Wragge was caught in an awkward position after a legal tackle, and there are fears he sustained a serious spinal injury.

He has been airlifted to a Brisbane hospital.

A former Cherbourg Hornet, the winger scored three tries in his six reserve grade games. He played one A-grade game earlier this season.

Past Brothers eventually won the game 28-24.

Wragge is the second player in a fortnight to be airlifted to Brisbane after a serious injury during a game in Bundaberg.

Past Brothers player Lara Bray suffered a severe leg injury after an innocuous during her side's 16-12 win over Isis Devils on May 13.

Bray had a major operation on her leg and is currently recovering in hospital.