Gold Coast man dies after collapsing during Rugby League match

A Gold Coast man has died after collapsing during a rugby league match at Murwillumbah yesterday.

The 28-year-old man from Coolangatta was playing at a sporting field on Nullum Street when he collapsed after allegedly being tackled around 3.15pm.

Officials at the ground rushed to the man’s aid and attempted to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived on scene and took over.


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The man was then airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition, however died overnight.

Country Rugby League released a statement this morning, revealing that they will be offering counselling to all involved in the tragic accident.

“Country Rugby League send their sincere condolences to the family and friends of 28-year-old Grant Cook who tragically passed away whilst playing for The Murwillumbah Mustangs Rugby League Club yesterday.”

“Country Rugby League will be offering counselling to the family and both teams who participated in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League match.”

“In respect for the family of Mr Cook, CRL will not be making any further comment at this time.”

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner outlining all the circumstances leading up to the man’s death.