Queensland Rugby League has today issued the following statement on Sunshine Coast Falcons player James Ackerman.

James was playing for the Falcons against the Norths Devils at Bishop Park in an Intrust Super Cup yesterday when he was injured early in the first half.

He was treated immediately by the on-duty doctor and qualified first-aid staff, before being transported to hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire rugby league fraternity are with James and his family and friends at this difficult time,” QRL Managing Director Rob Moore said today.

NRL Welfare officers and councillors are assisting the players, coaches and referees involved in the match.

Moore said it was not an appropriate time to comment further on the incident or the status of the Round 15 match, which was called off early in the first half.