Gwent Police are appealing for information after former Wales Dragonhearts full back Scott Bessant was discovered seriously injured at approximately 5.15am on Sunday 13th August 2017.
A member of the public found him lying on Pentwyn Lane next to the bridge, where the Pontypool to Blaenafon Cycle Path crosses.
He is currently in hospital with life changing injuries and remains in intensive care in a stable but critical condition.
If you were in the area between 1am and 5am or have any information that might help our investigation please call 101, quoting log 136 13/8/17. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Bessant, 34, played for Newport Titans and Torfaen Tigers during his rugby league career, leading to his Dragonhearts caps. He was once in contention for a place in the Celtic Crusaders squad, which was only thwarted due to illness at the time. He went on to coach the Titans and has more recently been on the Tigers coaching staff.
Last week’s incident slightly mirrors that of what happened to Rugby League journalist Gary Carter who was attacked in London in November 2015 and remained in hospital for months due to brain injuries. He eventually woke and resumed his writing career. Everyone at Wales Rugby League and the Rugby League community in general is now hoping and praying for the same outcome for Scott.