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Andy Blyth

Andy Blyth

In March 2000, Andy was playing for Sale Sharks against Saracens. A crunching tackle led to a spinal cord injury that left him paralysed.

“I was fishing for the ball and had the whole Saracens pack come steaming over the top of me. It was literally a click of the fingers and I couldn’t feel anything from the neck down.”

Thankfully complete paralysis was temporary, but it was almost a year before Andy was able to leave hospital and begin his long-term recovery. Restart Rugby was able to help with rehabilitation and medical costs and, following Andy’s recovery, we also supported his education fees to enable him to qualify as a chartered surveyor.

Andy’s mobility will remain impaired for the rest of his life, but he has made remarkable progress. Ten years after being told he might never walk again, he climbed to the top of the world’s highest free-standing mountain – Kilimanjaro – to raise funds for other injured players. He is also a Restart Rugby Ambassador and gives inspirational talks to current players about his injury and recovery experiences, as well as giving advice to others who have suffered spinal injury.