A student was flown to an Auckland hospital after a head knock in a rugby game.

Yesterday, Palmerston North Girls' High School were playing against Dannevirke High School in Dannevirke.

Palmerston North Girls' High School principal Karene Biggs said at the start of the first half a student was injured in a tackle and she sustained a knock to her head.

"Medical care was immediate and professional," she said. "As a precaution she was airlifted to Middlemore Hospital to access the best advice and help."

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The student was well supported by her family, friends, NZ Rugby Foundation and the school, she said.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said the 16-year-old girl had sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital by a rescue helicopter.