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Sydney teen in hospital after rugby clash

Jarrod Fletcher, 13, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after receiving a head knock during a junior rugby league game on Saturday. Nine News.

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

It is understood Jarrod Fletcher was knocked in the head and kept playing before he later collapsed on a field at Campbelltown.  

The Macarthur Saints player was flown to the Children's Hospital at Westmead in a serious condition but has since improved. He was in a satisfactory condition on Monday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jarrod Fletcher has been taken off life support but remains in intensive care.

Jarrod Fletcher has been taken off life support but remains in intensive care. Photo: Facebook

His mother Kellie Erwin said on Sunday 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.

Macarthur Saints: Jarrod Fltecher's rugby league team. Photo: 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 Fletcher during an earlier game for the Macarthur Saints.

Jarrod Fletcher during an earlier game for the Macarthur Saints. Photo: Facebook

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.