Auction of game-worn international rugby jerseys to help paralyzed Sean Corner

The national rugby teams of Canada and Wales have come together to help Sean Corner.

Fifteen of the jersey’s from their match last Saturday at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium have been placed on eBay’s auction site with proceeds from the bidding going to the paralyzed Hamilton Hornets rugby player. The 21-year-old Corner suffered a spinal cord injury last Sept. 9, in a clean tackle during a post-season friendly match. He will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

Traditionally in international games, players swap jerseys at the conclusion of their contests. The Canadian players decided they would auction off the jersey presented to them by the Welsh opponents. The Welsh team donated four jerseys signed by its national team members who played in the game.

“These will be very special jerseys worn in front of 74,000 at Millennium Stadium, the biggest crowd Canada has played in front of in its seventy-four year history,” said Canada hooker Marl Lawson. “One hundred percent of the profits from these sales will go directly to the Sean Corner Benefit Fund.”

Bidding will continue until Saturday. As of Tuesday afternoon, bids ranged from a high of $US388 to a low of $US189.

Money from the auction will be used to help defray costs not covered by provincial health coverage, such as immediate expenditures to renovate the Corner’s family home to accommodate a wheelchair, and the cost of a specialized automobile for the former Mohawk College player to drive. Corner was injured just a day after Rugby Canada’s catastrophic insurance ran out.

Interested bidders can find the auction items by Googling “Wales Test Jerseys.”

Corner played six years with the Hornets Rugby Football Club. He played rugby for three years at Hill Park high school. and went on to play at Mohawk College where he earned athletic and academic awards. He then became starting scrumhalf for the Hornets’ 1st XV.

The Hornets will be organizing several fund raising events over the next few months and details are available at their website,

Donations to a benefit fund are also being accepted and can be made by cheque, bank draft or money order to:

Sean Corner Benefit Fund
c/o Hamilton Hornets RFC
P.O. Box 4397, Station D
Hamilton, ON L8V 4L8

If a tax deductible receipt is required, cheques should be made payable to Rugby Canada with “Paralysis Fund” written in the comments area of cheque and send to:

Rugby Canada / Sean Corner
c/o Hamilton Hornets RFC
P.O. Box 4397, Station D
Hamilton, ON L8V 4L8