Rugby union: Former Mold player James King undergoes emergency surgery to save ear after freak accident for Ospreys

A FORMER Mold Rugby Club youth player has undergone surgery to re-attach his ear after a freak accident.

James King was playing flanker for Welsh regional rugby union side Ospreys in the Pro12 League when the incident happened.

An innocuous clash with Cardiff Blues back-row Xavier Rush somehow resulted in 21-year-old King’s ear being left hanging off the side of his head.

It happened just six minutes into Ospreys’ 17-12 win over the Blues on Sunday and has sidelined the promising young player for up to four weeks.

“It was just hanging off by a thread,” said Ospreys coach Sean Holley.

“He had emergency surgery on it and, fortunately, they saved his ear.”

The former Wales Under-20 international was taken to the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital where his ear was re-attached and he was later told his sided had earned their first win in four games.

“It was a very nasty injury, he literally tore the ear off the side of his head,” said Holley.

“He said he didn't really feel a lot of pain as the adrenaline took over, he just felt it flapping and, to his credit, he held it on and carried on in the defensive line for a little!

“He is back in training and a bit embarrassed about his bandage, but he is thankful that they managed to save his ear and he now realises the seriousness of it.”

King’s old club Mold will hope to continue their improvement and their climb up the Swalec League Division One North with a victory at bottom side Llandudno on Saturday.

Les Byrne should have a fully fit squad to choose from after a lengthy Christmas break.

In Division Three North, Flint head to third-placed Llangollen and leaders Shotton Steel are without a game.