Lochlann a special guest for Reds fans
SPRINGSURE 11-year-old Lochlann Fanning, the boy who made international headlines after he broke a two-month silence to bag a rugby referee, was a special guest at Queensland Reds training this week.
Lochlann has made steady progress since spending 10 days in a coma after a horse-riding accident at his family's property in May.
After five months in hospital Lochlann is now on his feet and able to attend school for a couple of hours a week.
He arrived at Ballymore on Tuesday after completing his most recent treatment at Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital.
He spent more than an hour with the QR Reds and chatted to players including Elton Flatley, Julian Huxley, Berrick Barnes and coach Jeff Miller.
"It was an awesome day and I got to meet all the squad,'' Lochlann said after his visit.
"I want to lead the team out in the Super 14, so that is my goal between now and February.'' Flatley said Lochlann was an inspiration to the team.
"We have kept in touch and I'm delighted to see him looking better every time we meet,'' Flatley said.
"He is very brave and we are honoured to have him as a fan.