Rugby world devastated after 20-year-old star left paralysed

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Taylor Gough, pictured here in hospital after his accident.
Taylor Gough was paralysed after a car accident. Image: Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers rugby player Taylor Gough is “unlikely” to ever walk again after he was left paralysed in a car accident.

The 20-year-old has been in intensive care in hospital since the accident last month, unable to move his legs.

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His mother Kerry has now told BBC Radio Leicester he is “highly unlikely” to walk again.

“I cannot tell you how hard it's been from the minute I took that call,” she said.

“We're just thankful he's actually alive. We're very thankful that he's got his brain - he's still Taylor.

“We're just trying to take the positives. When they said he could have five minutes off the ventilator to wean it in, he was asking for 15 minutes. Then they said he could do an hour, and he was doing two.

“Every single step of the way, he's pushing himself. He wants to do more and more, just like he was at his rugby.”

Taylor Gough, pictured here during the Leicester Tigers squad photo call for the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season.
Taylor Gough poses for a portrait during the Leicester Tigers squad photo call for the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Rugby world in shock over Taylor Gough news

Gough’s devastating plight has left the rugby world shattered.

Leicester Tigers chairman Peter Tom told the club’s website: “We were all very sad to receive the news and, since finding out, everyone at Tigers has had Taylor in their thoughts.

“We have remained in daily contact with his family and will continue to support Taylor and them through this situation.

“He is a popular member of our squad and Taylor is one of us. And at Tigers, we look after our own.

“I have no doubt the Tigers community, rugby community and Leicester community will rally around him and his family as they navigate this tough time.”

Teammate George Ford said the club is reeling.

“It is devastating news. You never want to hear anything like that happen to one of your close mates,” the England international said.

“He's a good young kid who works really hard.

"When we all found out, it was pretty shocking, but we have all sent him messages and he is up and talking to us all and has his family around him.”

A donation page has raised over $50,000 for Taylor and his family through the Matt Hampson Foundation.

Hampson also played for Leicester until he was paralysed after a training accident in 2005.