Rugby player dies after serious head injury from a tackle

A 31-year-old man has died in Cape Town after being injured in a club rugby match over the weekend.

Kyle Barnes, a wing for Goodwood Rugby Club’s first XV, was the victim of a tackle that has left him with a life-threatening neck and head injury.

The father-of-two underwent surgery to alleviate the swelling on his brain, but on Tuesday he was declared brain dead.

Barnes is a father to twins, who turned eight today.


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