June 6, 2014(ISN) – (Victoria) Whether you’re suiting up for the national team or playing for a club, rugby is all about community. As such, Rugby Canada would like to send its support to Calgary Hornets and Prairie Wolf Pack player Bruno Payette following a neck injury he suffered while playing against the Calgary Canucks this past Saturday.
Payette was taken to hospital in an ambulance where he was treated for a broken neck and has since undergone surgery to have his vertebrae fused together. The surgery was a success and he should have as healthy a recovery as possible after such an injury.
Payette, originally from Red Deer, is a hard-nosed back-row forward for the Calgary Hornets RC and the Prairie Wolf Pack of the Canadian Rugby Championship.
Following a morning training session, the Prairie-based members of Canada’s Men’s Team – Hubert Buydens, Nanyak Dala, Andrew Tiedemann, Gordon McRorie and Nick Blevins – gathered to take a photo share their support and fond memories of their friend and teammate.
“We’re all wishing you a speedy recovery big guy (Payette) and sending love and support to you and your family” said McRorie.
“Love goes out to Bruno and his family. Bruno is one of the toughest and all-around best guys I’ve ever played with. I know he’ll pull through,” said Blevins.
“I remember one year he showed up to Wolf Pack camp and wasn’t on the roster or anything, but was determined to make the team. Not only did he make the team, he started the first game of the season,” chuckled Blevins.
“We’re wishing him all the best from camp here in Burnaby,” added Blevins.
Blevins, McRorie and the other Wolf Pack and Canadian players will open the June International Series on Saturday at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby against Japan before taking on Scotland and USA in Toronto and Sacramento.