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Bryan Fletcher suffers broken ribs, punctured lung after TV stunt goes wrong

Former Australian rugby league player Bryan Fletcher has been taken to hospital after breaking his ribs and puncturing his lung in a television stunt gone wrong.

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Fox Sports NRL host Bryan Fletcher breaks three ribs and punctures his lung performing a stunt for Nitro Circus at Darling Harbour.

Fletcher was working alongside Nathan Hindmarsh in a stunt for The Matty Johns Show. The pair were filming with Nitro Circus at Darling Harbour on Thursday when Fletcher landed heavily in the water. He was taken to hospital with three broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The former rugby league players attempted to do a "bob" stunt which catapulted stuntman Ethan Roberts more than 18 metres in the air to set a world record. Fairfax Media was told Fletcher was coughing up blood after the incident.

Nathan Hindmarsh and Bryan Fletcher jump from a crane onto a 'blob' floating in Darling Harbour for a world record ...
Nathan Hindmarsh and Bryan Fletcher jump from a crane onto a 'blob' floating in Darling Harbour for a world record attempt with Nitro Circus star Ethan Roberts. Photo: Mark Watson

Mike Porra, Global CEO of Nitro Circus Live, offered his support to Fletcher

"I am very sorry to hear of the injury sustained today by Bryan Fletcher whilst participating in a stunt to promote our up and coming Nitro Circus tour," Porra said. "Both guys were very gracious to agree to help us with this stunt and showed great courage, and want to thank them for being a big part of the successful world record of firing Nitro's Ethen Roberts more than 60 feet in the air off the other end of the "blob".

Geronimo: Hindmarsh and Fletcher hurtle to earth.
Geronimo: Hindmarsh and Fletcher hurtle to earth. Photo: Mark Watson

"We wish Bryan a speedy recovery and hope he's up and about soon.

"I will ensure he and Nathan and their family and friends have the very best seats in the house at our May show at Allphones Arena."

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