Dureau given all-clear after scare


2nd June 2013

Catalan Dragons were breathing a sigh of relief tonight after scrum-half Scott Dureau declared himself fine following a health scare during their clash with Widnes Vikings.

The Australian was unable to take a 60th-minute penalty after complaining of double vision - the symptom which led to him discovering he had a brain tumour last September.

He produced a man-of-the-match performance against London Broncos last week - his return from a nine-month lay-off - but was worryingly struck down again today. He sat on the ground when he was unable to see the target of the posts and then, when he tried to stand, fell back to the floor.

Medics immediately treated him and he was taken to nearby Whiston Hospital but there was good news tonight.

"Scott is fine. He got a knock in the game and that gave him a little bit of double vision. It's not connected to what happened before and he's now waiting to get the all clear to go home," a spokesman for the club told Press Association Sport.

Dureau's coach, Laurent Frayssinous, had been unable to give little information straight after the match.

"Scott was complaining of double vision," he said.

"We took him off and we don't know how serious it is. He has gone straight to hospital. He will have come scans and tests but at this moment I don't know how he is - there is no news but fingers crossed."

After his comeback game last week, Dureau spoke of how he had feared for his life when he first found out about the illness, but felt better knowing he had the blessing of his doctor to resume his career.

"I didn't really know what my future held at first; If I would survive the next week let alone play footy again," he said, eight days ago.

"It was a scary time but I'm here now, feeling good as it's been a pretty frustrating and scary five months. It's great to be back amongst the team.

"The tumour was on the left side of my brain. The problem with my eye was that the tumour was pushing behind my eye which caused me a little bit of blurred vision.

"When I came back (from surgery) I could only participate a little in training as it was difficult to see the ball and people coming, that was frustrating and nothing I could do to make it better."