At the age of 62, a life-changing injury on the Rugby field led Trevor Stott-Briggs to write his book “TSB – Confessions of an Ex-Hooker (Aged 66 & a Half) A.K.A. Don’t Stop Believin”, which was published in 2017. Trevor speaks about how he only started playing Rugby after his schools days and later on in his life he went on to become a co-founder of the Philippine Rugby Football Union and then one of the founders of the Dubai Sharks Rugby Club, while also refereeing, coaching and playing vets Rugby in the UAE.
In the opening chapter of his book, Trevor details how in the final moments of a 10-a-side vets Rugby game he broke his neck when a scrum collapsed, which left him a paralyzed quadriplegic. He goes onto speak about (in his book too) his recovery process and stand out moments during his rehabilitation, while in each chapter there is a new story of “memory jerkers” to aspects other than Rugby, which had an influence on his life leading up to the accident.
Trevor is by no means a professional Rugby player who sustained a catastrophic injury, and yet the Rugby community reached out to him and showed such incredible financial support during his recovery, which took a few years to complete. Depression is often associated with people who have suffered serious injuries to their neck and spine, which leaves them paralyzed. Trevor talks about how using humour (which he uses so well in his book) and remaining motivated and positive made his road to recovery more of a pleasant journey and that writing a book which was filled with “doom and gloom” was pointless. Trevor, who has since recovered and can walk once again, says while it was a positive life-changing accident on the Rugby field, he has no regrets of playing the sport in his 60’s or what happened on that day which left him severely injured.
Trevor gives his opinion on the current laws around scrummaging and if enough is being done, whether it be in professional, semi-professional or amateur Rugby, to raise awareness and put measures in place to prevent spinal injuries. Trevor also mentions the importance of networking in Rugby, which he touches on in one of the chapters of his book, and that the message he wishes to leave with those who read his story, is to don’t stop believing in yourself in all facets of life.