- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 26-year-old former University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player has died from a head injury he sustained in a rugby match in Anchorage.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (https://bit.ly/1HjPMgb ) that Aaron Kohring died July 2 at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Anchorage police on June 27 received a report that a player was unconscious and responded to the Alaska Mountain Rugby Grounds.

Kohring, a flanker with the Turnagain Bore Tide Rugby Club, was injured during a match.

Alaska Rugby Union president Cameron Vivian says Kohring’s injury was the worst he had ever heard of, and that protective head gear is not a requirement. In practice players are taught to tackle with minimal impact.

Kohring was the nephew of former Alaska lawmaker Vic Kohring.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com


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