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Monday, March 15, 2010

Ugo Monye and Kelly Brown both okay after bad head clash

Ugo Monye and Kelly Brown both okay after bad head clash

Both Englands Ugo Monye and Scotlands Kelly Brown have suffered no long term affects from their horrible head clash that ended both their matches at Murrayfield on the weekend.

Brown walked off with help from medical staff, while Monye was eventually stretchered off following the big knock that reminded many of the unfortunate injury to Scottish winger Thom Evans not too long ago.

Apparently by Saturday night, Brown was already entertaining the Scotland squad by singing and playing guitar. His chances of playing in the next match will be based on cognitive therapy tests this week.

Monye was taken for a precautionary x-ray and scan, but the results showed that no significant damage took place, so he was discharged to the care of the England medical team.

"If appropriate, a further injury update will be made when the England squad reconvenes on Monday," said the Rugby Football Union.

Scotlands Evans, who following his injury against Wales has had to have double spinal surgery, summoned the strength to give a pre-match talk to the players on Saturday.

Evans future in the game is still unknown at this stage, but the fact that the 24 year old was walking is a miracle in itself. According to his brother Max, he came within a millimeter of paralysis or death.

Dan Parks has recounted how moving it was to have Evans talk to the side.

"It was a really touching moment. He's a great guy, Thommy, and I'm going to miss playing with him," said Parks, who will be joining Cardiff.

"It was a great occasion, very emotional, and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. It was great to see him and great to see him up and about, walking around."

Time: 02:06

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