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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Eoin Reddan hits the turf after Lee Byrne kick meets his face

Eoin Reddan hits the turf after Lee Byrne kick meets his face

Ireland scrumhalf Eoin Reddan must surely be a contender for the record of quickest injured in an international, as he was knocked out just 22 seconds into the much talked about Wales vs Ireland Six Nations game on Saturday.

Reddan went to charge down a kick from Lee Byrne and managed to cop the ball flat in the face, seemingly knocking him out cold before he hit the turf. And hit the turf he did, as the thump on the ground would have done him no favours, meaning his immediate removal from the park.

He suffered concussion and while there were concerns over him not being able to play in the big game against England this coming weekend, he has since been included in the match day 22, and his start will depend on his visit with a neurologist.

This knock, while it was horrible to watch, reminds me of a few others we've seen over the years. Strangely enough all three come from down under, which is fitting as they coined the phrase 'Falcon' after all.

The most memorable are the knocks to Cory Jane and Kurtley Beale , and then a poor referee last year got in the way of a clearing kick, taking the full brunt of it.

Posted at 11:42 pm | 16 comments

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The Other Conor March 16, 2011 11:33 pm

First! hahaha mother fuckers my time has come!

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Benson March 16, 2011 11:40 pm

Enjoy it Conor. Wear that sash with pride :)

Lights out Eoin. That looked really bad. A week's recovery seems quite quick though. It should be longer surely

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Anonymous March 17, 2011 12:11 am

seems like lee byrne injuries anybody that touches him

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Anonymous March 17, 2011 12:26 am

I was at the Wales vs USA game in Chicago Summer 2008, and Ryan Jones got knocked out catching the kick off. That was the concussion that ruled him out of a Lions call up.

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Anonymous March 17, 2011 1:18 am

knocked out? by that? seriously?!?

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Anonymous March 17, 2011 1:19 am

Byrne has one of the biggest boots in world rugby. Not to mentioned, Reddan's face slamming of the ground didn't help.

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Jono March 17, 2011 2:26 am

It actually can knock you round pretty bad, especially if you don't see it coming.

Just in case anyone's wondering the term Falcon, refers to a rugby league player in Australia, called Mario Fenech. He was Maltese, his nickname (in a joking way) was the Maltese Falcon.

He got tonked like two or three times in the face with the ball and the legend was born.

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Good Doctor March 17, 2011 4:14 am

Fair play to Reddan to get there so quick and put his body on the line.

I was really happy to see him go off though. Not because I wanted Stringer to come on, but because normally when someone is concussed the medical staff end up letting them play on and it's really just very dangerous and very irresponsible to do that, so it was good to finally see someone who obviously wasn't fit to play come off with no argument.

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Laz March 17, 2011 7:46 am

A week of training, mental preparation, psych up, anthems, adrenalin.. then knocked out within seconds.

That has got to suck.

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Anonymous March 17, 2011 7:48 am

one of da best line from da movie friday - u got knock da Fuck out!

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RememberTheMer March 17, 2011 8:23 am

Point of the ball. Didn't mis did it.

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GTI March 17, 2011 12:24 pm

got one time knocked out for a sec myself after falling on the head.
Really feels bad when lying on the floor and being confused.
You want to play on becasue you dont feel a lot of pain but you know you arent right in your head^^...

P.S
As Benson said..enjoy beeing the first Conor! experienced it myself too one time :D

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edbok March 17, 2011 12:28 pm

Don't remember seeing one where the player didn't get up. But Reddan took that flush, boy that must have hurt.

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Von March 17, 2011 12:29 pm

Cheers for that Jono - I did wonder!!

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Guy March 17, 2011 3:55 pm

22 seconds!!!
probably the fastest knock-out in rugby ever??!!
hope he gets well soon anyway.

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No.7 March 18, 2011 3:17 pm

Good way to discover new star constellations during the day I suppose...

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