A young rugby league prospect who is the cousin of Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner has died after collapsing on a footy field at the weekend.
Joel Dark, 19, collapsed last Sunday after suffering a head knock in a tackle during his debut game for Newcastle Central in the local league’s first grade competition.
A fellow player gave him CPR and he was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he has been in a critical condition until he died on Friday.
He would have turned 20 at the weekend.
Rugby league officials have confirmed that Joel Dark (pictured) died on Friday, days after collapsing on the footy field
Dark is the cousin of Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner
In a statement, NSW Rugby League said officials were ‘saddened to hear of the tragic passing today of Central Newcastle player Joel Dark.’
‘Joel, 19, had been in a critical condition in John Hunter Hospital since he collapsed on field during a Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League First Grade match against Western Suburbs at St John Oval on Sunday 6 September.’
The statement said Newcastle Rugby League has postponed all fixtures for this weekend out of respect for Mr Dark’s family.
‘The NSWRL and the Rugby League community extend their most sincere condolences to Joel’s family.’
Cordner described Dark as ‘one of the best blokes you will ever meet’ on social media this week.