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New patron announced

The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust is delighted to announce that the former England rugby player, Jonathan Webb, has been appointed Patron of the charity.

A Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who specialises in knee surgery and sports medicine, Mr Webb combined his medical training with a first class rugby career. His medical and sporting background mean that he has good understanding of the potential risks and implications of spinal injuries.

During his rugby career, Mr Webb played for Bristol and Bath Rugby Clubs. He played 33 tests for England, winning two Five Nations Grand Slams and reaching the Rugby World Cup Final in 1991. He scored 296 points for his country in total. He was voted Rothmans Rugby Player of the Year in 1992 and became England’s most capped full back.

Mr Webb, who lives in Abbots Leigh, Bristol, commented : “I am delighted to become a Patron of the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust. My rugby career means that I am all too aware of the risks of spinal injury and the devastating impact it can have on an individual, their family and friends.

I have seen first hand the good work that SSIT does supporting the regional spinal injuries centre in Salisbury and individuals with spinal cord injury in the region. I am looking forward to helping raise awareness of the charity and in so doing increase funds.”

Retiring from rugby in 1993, Mr Webb is an orthopaedic surgeon at Nuffield Chesterfield Hospital in Bristol and is one of the founders of The Fortius Clinic in London. He also provides medical support for a number of regional sports teams including Bristol Rugby Club, Bristol City Football Club and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.