More than £35,000 has been raised within 24 hours to help Ospreys player Ifan Phillips after he suffered life-changing injuries in a motorbike crash.
The 25-year-old Wales U20s international, who is the son of ex-Wales and Neath hooker Kevin Phillips, was involved in a collision in Swansea on Sunday and has been receiving treatment at Morriston Hospital. Ospreys boss Toby Booth said his career has been cut short.
An online crowdfunding appeal was organised within just a few hours of confirmation of the tragic news to try to help Phillips and his family moving forward. As of Thursday at 10.30am, more than £35,000 had been raised.
The JustGiving page read : “We want Ifan to receive the absolute best medical care to make his transition as quick and smooth as possible. This money will help take care of the needs of Ifan and his family after this devastating event.”
Hooker Phillips has played 40 games for the Ospreys, making his debut in 2017.
The rugby community has rallied in impeccable fashion to support one of their own, with many Wales internationals and regional players throwing their support behind Phillips.
Fellow Ospreys including George North, Adam Beard, Rhys Webb, Keelan Giles, Owen Watkin, Mat Protheroe, Sam Parry, Dewi Lake, Tom Botha and Max Nagy have pledged their support.
The Ospreys’ closest rivals, the Scarlets, have backed Phillips in strong numbers with players including Rob Evans, Johnny McNicholl, Rhys Patchell, Wyn Jones, James Davies, Ryan Elias, Josh Macleod, Kieran Hardy, Sam Costelow and Steff Hughes supporting.
Cardiff’s donors include Josh Adams, Rhys Carre, Rey Lee-Lo, Rhys Priestland and Josh Turnbull.
Dragons players who have donated include Aaron Wainwright, Ross Moriarty, Leon Brown, Ben Carter, Matthew Screech and Ollie Griffiths.
Further rugby figures to have lent a hand include Wales international Keira Bevan, Tom Shanklin, David Flatman, Alix Popham, former WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips, Dmitri Arhip, Richie Pugh, and Richard Hibbard.
Support has also poured in from the grassroots and wider Welsh communities, while one donation has been made of a staggering £2,500.
In a statement, South Wales Police said: “Officers are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision that occurred at around 1.38pm on Sunday, 5 December on the B4603, Morfa Road, Landore, Swansea, opposite Landore Social Club.
“The collision involved two motorcycles, a green Triumph Street Scrambler and a Kawasaki. One rider was taken to hospital, where he remains and is being treated for life-changing injuries.
“The road was closed for a number of hours whilst investigations continued, and we thank anyone affected during this time for their patience.
“We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or has dash-cam footage, anyone who stopped to provide assistance, or anyone who saw the motorcycles prior to the collision.”
The Ospreys said: “Ospreys can confirm hooker Ifan Phillips was involved in a serious road traffic accident in Swansea on Sunday afternoon and is now being treated at Morriston Hospital.
“Ifan is in a stable condition and he is uppermost in the thoughts of all of us at the Ospreys
“On behalf of his team-mates, coaches, staff, all Ospreys supporters and the rugby community, we want to extend all our love and support to Ifan, his family and his friends.
“Ifan’s family are overwhelmed and very grateful for the support they have received in the last few days.”
Ospreys’ regional rivals the Dragons, Cardiff and Scarlets all offered their support.
The Dragons tweeted: “The thoughts of us all @dragonsrugby are with Ifan, his friends and family at this difficult time. Take care, stay strong we will support you in any way we can.”
Cardiff tweeted: “Thoughts are with Ifan, his family and everyone at the Ospreys at this difficult time. If we can help in any way, you know where we are.”
And the Scarlets said on Twitter: “The thoughts of us all at @scarlets-rugby are with Ifan and his family, as well as team-mates and colleagues at the Ospreys at this time.”