South Sydney Rabbitohs great Nathan Merritt is fighting for his life in hospital after being found unconscious on Friday

  • Taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown
  • Listed as being in critical condition
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Retired NRL star Nathan Merritt is currently in a critical condition at a Sydney hospital after being found unresponsive on Friday.

The former winger for South Sydney was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown and is reportedly on life support. 

News Corp has reported that information about his condition has been shared with his family, friends, and former teammates. 

Prior to this incident, Merritt was staying with his aunt when he suddenly collapsed.

Merritt, who retired from the National Rugby League (NRL) in 2014 after 237 games, is considered one of the greatest players in Rabbitohs history. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs legend Nathan Merritt was found unresponsive on Friday and is in a critical condition in hospital

Merritt retired from the National Rugby League (NRL) in 2014 after 237 games and a grand final win

Merritt retired from the National Rugby League (NRL) in 2014 after 237 games and a grand final win

With his 219 games for Souths, he ranks fourth on the list of the club’s all-time games played. His outstanding performance also includes scoring 151 tries, which places him third on the all-time club try-scorers list, and accumulating 673 points, making him the sixth highest point scorer in the club’s history.

Despite the Rabbitohs’ poor performance in 2006 and 2011, Merritt managed to top the NRL’s try-scoring charts in both years. 

The Redfern-born athlete also achieved recognition at the highest level of the sport. Merritt represented New South Wales in the State of Origin in 2013, made two appearances in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII, represented City Origin twice, and earned three NRL Indigenous All Stars jerseys. 

His exceptional performance in the 2012 Indigenous All Stars game earned him the Preston Campbell Medal for Man of the Match.

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