A PRE-SEASON tournament involving four East Lothian rugby clubs was cut short after a player was taken to hospital.

Preston Lodge had welcomed North Berwick, Haddington and Musselburgh to the Pennypit on Saturday afternoon to contest the East Lothian Cup.

However, during the sixth game, between North Berwick and Musselburgh, there was a serious injury which saw the rest of the tournament cancelled.

Iain Dove, president of North Berwick RFC, said: “Preston Lodge have only got one pitch.

“Our player was lying on the pitch for about an hour, near enough an hour by the time the ambulance came up.

“He is absolutely fine – nothing broken but some muscle damage to his neck and shoulders.

“Thanks to everybody.

“They brought over a canopy to shelter him from the sun and a quilt to keep him warm.”

East Lothian Courier: Musselburgh (blue) taking on hosts Preston Lodge for the East Lothian CupMusselburgh (blue) taking on hosts Preston Lodge for the East Lothian Cup

The player was taken to hospital but was released later that evening.

The tournament was played over a round robin format and originally was to involve the four clubs plus Ross High and Dalkeith.

In the opening game, the hosts defeated North Berwick 24-0 before Musselburgh were 22-0 winners over Haddington.

Musselburgh then won 27-6 against Preston Lodge before North Berwick defeated Haddington 12-0.

The final completed game saw PL win 21-0 against Haddington before the sixth game was abandoned in the second half due to the injury.

Preston Lodge took to social media to highlight what had happened and said: “Thank you to everyone who attended the East Lothian Cup yesterday.

“We are glad to hear that the injured North Berwick player is okay and on the mend.”