Campbelltown boy Jarrod Fletcher in hospital after rugby league clash

A 13-year-old boy remains in hospital after he collapsed from a head knock during a junior rugby league game on Saturday.

Jarrod Fletcher was elbowed in the face and taken off the field during a game at Campbelltown. But the Macarthur Saints player was allowed back on and then collapsed.

He was flown to the Children's Hospital at Westmead in a serious condition but has since improved and remained in a stable condition on Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

His mother Kellie Erwin said her son was still in intensive care.

"Jarrod is now off life support and has been breathing on his own. He's spoken but is not a very well boy," Ms Erwin posted on Facebook.

A member of the East Campbelltown Rugby League Supporter Group wrote a message of support for Jarrod and explained he had spoken to his family on Sunday night.

Macarthur Saints: Jarrod Fltecher's rugby league team. Picture: Facebook

Macarthur Saints: Jarrod Fltecher's rugby league team. Picture: Facebook

"Out [sic] thoughts are with him, his family, his club Macarthur saints, his team mates and his coaching staff at this time," the member posted on their Facebook page. "Get well mate."

Another person posted a message of support, adding that he thought it was time head gear should be made compulsory.

"I think its time that the young players should all be made to wear head gear?," posted Kspsms Kps.

Jarrod's injury came just two days after 16-year-old Tyler Horton was knocked unconscious after he was kneed in the head during a rugby league game at Bathurst.

Tyler underwent emergency brain surgery and has since come out of an induced coma.

His mother Paula Horton told Channel Nine about the distressing moment when her son failed to get up. "It's every parent's worst nightmare," she said.

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