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Fri, Apr 16, 2010
The New Paper
'Shameful & dirty', not only in rugby

SCHOOL rugby player Adhe Noviello, 17, is out of a coma.

And when The New Paper visited him at his ward at the National University Hospital yesterday afternoon, he had just finished his lunch and was about to take a nap.

The 17-year-old team captain of Bedok Town Secondary school made headlines last month when he was admitted to the intensive care unit after being injured during a rugby match against Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road).

Mayhem at the rugby pitch
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The New Paper understands that Adhe, who is a forward in the team, complained of being roughed up during the match on March 31.

Noticing that Adhe was not looking well, his coach took him to the sidelines during half-time. Adhe vomited three times and was sent to the hospital.

His parents, who were with him yesterday, declined to comment.

Since Adhe's injury, several other cases of violence in school sports have emerged.

On Monday, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) flanker Leonard David Wee was punched by an opposing player from St Andrew's School (SAS) after the Schools National B Division Under-17 rugby final.

The violence, which erupted after the final whistle, left the 15-year-old ACS (I) flanker with a bloodied nose and mouth. ACS (I) won 8-7.

However, the recent cases of violence are not just restricted to rugby.

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