How Sean Connery helped a rugby player recover from a life-threatening neck injury - Ruck

How Sean Connery helped a rugby player recover from a life-threatening neck injury

Following the tragic passing of Sir Sean Connery, best known for portraying James Bond, at the age of 90 we look back at as story that summed up the man.

His acting career spanned decades and his many awards included an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.

Sir Sean’s other films included The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.

Former Scotland international Thom Evans told The Scotsman of his surprise when the Scottish legend came to his aid during his recovery.

It all started with a few missed calls. Thom explained: “There was a text, too. “At the time I couldn’t move my arms so Mum read it out to me.

“We just looked at each other. How did he get my number? I guess superstars always find a way.

“But I wasn’t sure this was really Sir Sean.

“I’ve got this friend, you see, who’s a legend at impersonations.

“A short while later the phone rang: 
it was the voice we all know so well.

“‘Very funny, Niall,’ I said, ‘but I’m not really in the mood, mate.’ Then the voice said: ‘Who the hell’s Niall? This is Sean Connery… ‘”

Thom had just finished up his second round of “miracle” spinal surgery when the James Bond star invited him to a fashion show he was hosting in New York.

“That was the big turning point in my recovery.

“I was in a very fragile state, all skin and bone.

“But Sir Sean came right over, said how pleased he was to see me, and I felt good.”


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Fullback: Gareth Bale

Although more known for his achievements in football, Gareth Bale was actually a keen rugby player in his school days and has even played alongside future Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton.

Winger: Prince Harry

As an avid fan and patron of England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU), Prince Harry still loves the sport quite a bit and advocates it as a great discipline for youths to develop valuable social skills such as teamwork and respect for others.

Prince Harry enjoys a game of touch Rugby with young children at the Inspire Suffolk centre for young people in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Centre: Gethin Jones

The television presenter captained the Manchester University 1st XV to the final of the BUSA Championships for the first time in their history, represented Lancashire and had trials with Sale RFC. Also played for Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd.


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