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Rugby League Cares sends brilliant message to Frank Pritchard following an update on the former Hull FC man

Rugby League Cares is a tremendously important charity at the heart of the sport, caring for past and present players.

The charity, which transcends through every level of the sport from junior to professional, has sent out a powerful message to former Hull FC forward Frank Pritchard who was placed in an induced coma last week following complications with asthma after contracting COVID-19.

Since then, Pritchard has come out of the coma and is said to be in a ‘stable’ condition with round the clock care.

And, on behalf of the UK Pacific Island Rugby League Group, RL Cares sent out this message on social media site Twitter:

“The UK Pacific Island RL Group would like to send its thoughts and best wishes to Frank Pritchard, who is staging a strong recovery after emerging from a coma with Covid-19. We’re all thinking of you and your family at this difficult time, keep fighting big man🖤“.

Pritchard had been in the ICU at Liverpool Hospital and has had an ongoing problem with asthma issues, which meant that the 38-year-old was placed in an induced coma.

According to Canterbury Bulldogs stalwart Phil ‘Gus’ Gould, though, Pritchard is “stable”.

“Just an update on Frank Pritchard from his Brother. He’s out of the coma and in a ward. Lungs are still weak, but in stable condition. Will keep you updated. Prayers are helping. Thanks everyone,” Gould tweeted two days ago.

Pritchard had been in the ICU at Liverpool Hospital and has had an ongoing problem with asthma issues, with the 38-year-old being placed in an induced coma following complications that forced him into hospital.

Pritchard registered almost 250 appearances for the Penrith Panthers and Canterbury combined as well as having brief stints with the Parramatta Eels and Hull FC in Super League.

‘Frank the Tank’ made 26 appearances for the Black and Whites in 2016, scoring five tries and forging a reputation for himself as one of the most potent attacking forwards in the competition.

The 38-year-old also played almost 30 games for New Zealand and turned out eight times for Samoa before retiring at the end of the 2017 season with Parramatta.

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