The Warringah Rat who cheated death and got back on the rugby field

By Matt Findlay From being in a coma to running out in the Australian Club Championship just 12 months later, boom Warringah recruit Ruaridh Mackenzie’s journey to Rat Park has been arduous to say the least, but equally as remarkable. In December of 2016, just after he’d signed with the Glasgow Warriors, the now 22-year-old was diagnosed with a severe case of viral meningitis and spent months in hospital and a number of days in a coma during that period. For those playing at home viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord and, in extreme cases like Mackenzie’s, can be life threatening. “I got sick a couple of months after I got to Scotland, so it didn’t work out as planned,” Mackenzie, who’s father Gregor earned a single Test cap for Scotland in 1984, said. “I was in hospital for a couple of months, in a coma for three or four days and lost about 20 kilos. “Glasgow obviously told me not to worry about rugby �
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