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Strict Ruling On Concussion

London: Rugby union’s governing body has taken steps to ensure that players who suffer suspected concussion during a match in the 2015 Rugby World Cup are substituted. This follows Wales’s
10 Feb 2015 06:40
Strict Ruling On Concussion

London: Rugby union’s governing body has taken steps to ensure that players who suffer suspected concussion during a match in the 2015 Rugby World Cup are substituted.

This follows Wales’s decision to allow George North to play on against England last Friday after the wing appeared to have been temporarily knocked out, causing widespread consternation.

The match at the Millennium Stadium attracted a television audience of 8.8 million and a number, including former internationals such as Will Carling, Lewis Moody and Rory Lamont, who suffered a number of concussions during his career, expressed concern that North, who suffered concussion in November, was not replaced 19 minutes from the end after suffering a second blow to the head having earlier sustained an accidental kick to the face from England’s Dave Attwood.

World Rugby is investigating why North, who is undergoing concussion protocols this weekend, was not taken off. Wales’s medical staff did not have access to television replays, a facility that will be in place for every World Cup match, along with an independent doctor who will have the final say on whether a player returns to the pitch, and were unaware that the wing had suffered another blow to the head.

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