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Not sure it was a tumour??
He was awesome.
I reckon we could have won a competition on his shoulders. He was so quick for a huge man, and skillful.
I remember he played in a trial against St George at Parra Stadium, he returned the ball from the kick off and burst straight through their line. Of all the super league signings that year he was the one I was most excited about.
What a talent.
Yes, agree. He was a good bloke and a tough bugger for someone so young; v sad what occurred to Ritso. That was one of my favourite era's besides early 80's as we bought Canterbury big 4 (who were genuine good players) and Ritson and also Raper. Great memories but v sad and hope he is having some good quality of life.
The tackle from Lomax was a shocker, but, it was actually credited with saving Ritsons life.
Ritson had not had any indications of problems, but when he was sent for Xray/scans following the tackle it revealed the tumour and was told he would never play again. IIRC, the medicos at the time said that had it not been discovered when it was, Ritson would have likely suffered a severe brain seizure and would not have recovered. I don't reccolect the time frame that was given him had he had a seizure but it was not that long and would have been fatal.
Definitely a sad story and did not see it, yet I understand he has had problems over the years but at least he's alive and thankfull that a bad head high saved his life.
Is he still paralysed??????
A good kid when he came across to the Eels with huge amount of untapped potential. It was a pre-existing condition that he had, the Lomax tackle whilst very ugly by today's standards probably actually saved this kids life and his condition was then diagnosed.