A MATCH was abandoned after a Warrington Wolves physical disability rugby league player was seriously injured.

The Wire took part in Sunday’s PDRL festival at the home ground of Oulton Raiders – facing off with Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos.

But their final game of the day against the latter opposition was halted and ultimately cancelled after Barry Whalley, who has represented England internationally in the sport, suffered a serious injury.

Paramedics were called to the scene and the patient was taken to hospital, although he has since been discharged.

Posting on Twitter, the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation said: “Our player received excellent care from the St John’s Ambulance and then NHS ambulance services, and also from Pinderfields Hospital for which we’re really grateful.

“He’s been taken home to get further care from his local hospital.

“Huge thanks to all involved.”

Rhinos added in a tweet: “Unfortunately, our second PDRL game against Warrington Wolves has been abandoned due to a serious injury to a Wire player, requiring an ambulance.

“Both teams are in full agreement with the decision, and we all wish the very best to the injured player.”

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed that one unit was dispatched to the scene yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman told the Warrington Guardian: “We received an emergency call just before 1.30pm on Sunday, June 29, to reports of an injured male at Oulton and Woodlesford Sports and Social Club.

“An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and one patient was conveyed to hospital.”