RL coach crushed in bike smash horror

Leigh Miners Rangers coach, Winston Sarsfield (right), who is in a serious condition in hospital after he was involved in a road accident
Leigh Miners Rangers coach, Winston Sarsfield (right), who is in a serious condition in hospital after he was involved in a road accident

AN AMATEUR rugby coach is in a serious condition in hospital after he was knocked of his bike and crushed by a lorry.

Winston Sarsfield, first team coach of Leigh Miners Rangers ARFLC, was cycling towards the junction of Spinning Jenny Way and King Street, Leigh, shortly after 9am on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old father-of-one collided with a heavy goods vehicle before his leg was caught underneath causing a severe break. He was rushed to Wigan Infirmary and underwent an emergency operation.

However Mr Sarsfield’s condition worsened during surgery and doctors placed him in intensive care after he began having breathing difficulties. His brother Mark – a former Leigh player – thanked the amateur rugby world for their messages of support and said he was hopeful Winston would a full recovery.

He said: “There has been a lot of people wishing him well, which has meant a lot to the family. “We’ve been inundated with messages of good luck. Obviously, everyone has been upset since the accident but hopefully Winston will be fine.

“He has a severely broken leg and needed an operation straight way. He had trouble breathing during the procedure and had to be taken to intensive care. But the main thing is he is now off his ventilator.”

Mr Sarsfield has been coaching with Leigh Miners Rangers since 2003 after previously working with the club’s youth teams. He represented Leigh Miners Rangers, as well as Leigh East and Wigan St Patrick’s, during his amateur rugby playing career.

Leigh Miners club manager Mark Wood said: “Winston is a really well-known and popular character. He’s been involved with us for 30 years and a coach at the club for eight. Everyone hopes he makes a full recovery.”

Leigh Centurions chief executive Allan Rowley said: “Eveyone would like to wish Winston a speedy recovery.”