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Rugby player loses £500k claim over ‘reckless’ tackle

A RUGBY player who sued the player who injured him in a match has lost his claim for £500,000 damages after being told injury was an ‘inevitable and unavoidable’ part of the sport.

Hayward’s Heath full-back Dominic Fry (pictured), 26, lost his spleen after being flattened by opposing player Ryan Ball, 26, in a match against Hove, East Sussex, in October 2013.

He said the winger — now a male model — led with his knee and elbow in a ‘reckless’ tackle, with no chance of winning the ball.

But at the high court in London, judge Jeremy Freedman said Mr Ball had only mistimed his attempt to charge down Mr Fry’s kick. ‘His minor error of judgment cannot found a claim in negligence,’ he said. ‘The fact that serious injury has befallen a player does not mean that another player should be held liable.’

Mr Fry, who now crews on luxury yachts, said the injury thwarted his plan to work as a personal trainer in Canada. The judge

said he felt sorry for him but that ‘a claim such as this cannot be decided on the grounds of sympathy’.