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Cause of 20-year-old rugby player's heart attack still unknown

The 20-year-old has been hospitalised and he’s believed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

FILE: The player is still receiving treatment at a Cape Town hospital. Picture: Western Province website.

CAPE TOWN - The cause of an under-21 DHL Western Province Rugby player collapsing during a match at Newlands is still unknown.

The 20-year-old has been hospitalised and he's believed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

His team was playing against the Leopards at the time.

Sports physician Jeroen Swart says it's rare for a 20-year-old to experience a heart attack.

"What we are probably referring to is something called sudden cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death, which is also very rare. Basically the heart stops beating due to normally a very serious arrhythmia, which is caused by a number of different conditions which can cause the electrical activity in the heart to get disturbed."

Meanwhile, the player is still receiving treatment at a Cape Town hospital.