SKIPTON Rugby Football Club will be starting the new season a month earlier than planned next Saturday (August 8) with a benefit match for a former player who was tragically crippled in a climbing accident.
Jack Morgan, who played 85 matches for the club and was Player of the Year in 2003-04, broke his back whilst climbing in Scotland and is now confined to a wheelchair. His wife, Laura, has since given birth to a baby.
Jack played for only one other club, Halifax, and the two teams will meet at Sandylands, Skipton, next Saturday for the special benefit match.
Although paralysed from the neck down, Jack is far from giving up the active life. He is due to start work as a lecturer at Craven College in September, and is already training to take up hand cycling and wheelchair racing. He is also planning to become involved in charity work for the disabled.
Admission is £3 and Skipton RDC will donate all proceeds to the Morgan family to buy special equipment.