Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Monday, 28 May 2007, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Legend Brooke has brain operation
Zinzan Brooke
Brooke won 58 caps for New Zealand
All Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke is recovering in hospital after suffering head injuries in a fall while in Spain coaching the Barbarians.

The 42-year-old, who won 58 caps, had surgery to relieve pressure on the brain caused by a blood clot.

"He got the injury while getting out of a taxi at the hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning," said Barbarians press officer Alan Evans.

"He fell down and hit the back of his head on the ground."

His pregnant wife Alison is at his bedside and his brother Robin told Television New Zealand that the injury was "serious but not life-threatening".

The incident occurred in the town of Elche, 150 miles from Valencia, where he had been coaching the Barbarians.

606: COMMENT
VB

Brooke played most of his career at number eight and was regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation.

He scored 17 Test tries, a record for a forward, as well as kicking three drop goals, and coached Harlequins after retiring as a player.



SEE ALSO
Rugby union positions guide
05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment
Zinzan Brooke column
22 Mar 07 |  Rugby Union
Zinzan Brooke column
24 Nov 06 |  Rugby Union


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads
Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us