A rugby union steward who injured himself while tackling a pitch invader at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff has been awarded compensation for his injuries.

Mark Day, 48, was awarded £5,500 in compensation after rupturing his Achilles tendon while working as a safety steward at the Wales vs Australia international match in 2013.

He took the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to court after sustaining the work related injuries, however the WRU disputed his claim, arguing that he did not take time off work and he only suffered soft tissue damage.

Mr Day successfully argued against the WRU, saying that he had suffered increasing pain and swelling in his left calf and he couldn’t afford to take time off work.

Mr Day was keen runner before his injury and enjoyed running with his local running club but because of the injuries he sustained he is now prevented him from doing this.

Victoria Hillier, the presenting officer, told the court he was a social individualand his injury had affected this.

She said: “He was a keen runner with Caerphilly Runners and he tried to run a number of weeks afterwards but he was unable to do so.

He regularly participated in marathons and half-marathons and this loss of amenity affected his social life and general health.”

It was for these reasons that the District Judge, Bethan Japheth, sitting at Pontypridd Court, awarded him the £5,500 in compensation plus costs and interest.

Mr Day, who is still a steward at the Millennium Stadium, said after the hearing: “I’m just glad it’s all over because it has been going on for 18 months.”
“Now I’m just looking forward to the Rugby World Cup in September and October and getting back to business.”