Queensland Rugby Player James Ackerman Dies In Hospital After Tackle

Sunshine Coast Falcons prop James Ackerman has died in hospital, after he was injured in a tackle last Saturday.

He had been in a critical but stable condition on Monday morning, but the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) confirmed his death this afternoon.

25-year-old Ackerman was playing against the Norths Devils at Bishop Park when he was injured four minutes into the game. Doctors worked on him for forty minutes on the ground before he was transported to hospital. The game was called off.

In a statement, his family said:

“We want to thank the tireless medical staff from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital who kept us informed during the night. We are very grateful to the doctors and nurses from the hospital.”

“All his former teammates and his former clubs for coming and seeing James. Your support has been overwhelming during this difficult time.”

“James loved the game of rugby league, he always played the game with his heart on his sleeve. We will miss you.”

Tributes are flowing in thick and fast for Ackerman, who leaves behind his parents, his two brothers, his wife Saraa, and his children Olliver and Milly.

QLD managing director Robert Moore said:

“We send our deepest condolences to James’ family and friends, and the Sunshine Coast club. This is obviously a very difficult and traumatic time for a considerable amount of people – and we ask for the privacy of the family to be respected. Our immediate priority is to provide support for the family as well as the players, coaches and referees who were involved in this game.”

RIP mate.

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