*Image courtesy of HullLiveHull Kingston Rovers issued a statement confirming that Shaun has been hospitalised with a serious infection and is undergoing treatment that will rule him out for the rest of the 2018 season. The Rugby League Fan Club confirmed that he had contracted meningitis and pleurisy.
Shaun has been Kingston Rovers' captain since the start of 2017, and in 2010 played for England. He was due to play against Widnes Vikings this weekend.
Fans reacted immediately to the news with hundreds of get well messages on the Hull Kingston Rovers and Rugby League Fan Club Facebook pages. Some of the messages came from fans of other local clubs, who put their rivalry aside to pass on their wishes for a speedy recovery. One said, “This is when the Rugby League family come together… doesn't matter who you support at times like this”. Another added, “Get well soon… it’s so nice to see the many supporters of rival clubs wishing him well, like you all have said it doesn’t matter who you support we are all Rugby League family”.
Other fans mentioned how meningitis had touched their own lives – including one who said her grandad had sadly been taken by meningitis.
All of us at Meningitis Now are thinking of Shaun, his family, and everyone at Hull Kingston Rovers and hope that Shaun is soon on his way to playing rugby again.