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World Rugby accepts George North should have left field after concussion

I'm not an advocate of watering down the sport so that mums feel it safe to let their angels play, but only in the sense that knock outs can and will happen. It is how injuries are dealt with if and when they happen.

People react strangely with head injuries, we've seen many players get hit in the head and try to stand up, only to fall flat on their faces again - these are serious situations. The sport is not entirely safe - by the very nature of the game, it never will be safe. However it's having the brain capacity and power to think for someone who has been hit so damn hard he cannot think for himself. North has one thing in his mind "play for Wales, defend for Wales, Win for Wales" if a new rule came in saying after 68 minutes only 5'10" players can play on the wing, he'd do his best to force himself into the centre, he's not coming off unless he's dragged off. So you can't ask any player like that to make a decision about his own injuries - so you rely on management and/or team medical staff... who apparently are blind as ****ing bats!

Are they telling us that out of the entire Welsh management/players on the bench/medical staff no one saw that? No one said "North looked a bit odd going down there, someone just double check that.." You've got forwards coaches, backs coaches, kicking coaches, physios, doctors, waterboys but apparently no one wore their specs then...

Don't get me wrong, if North croaked as a result of this, it wouldn't have a big bearing on my life nor anyone I know, but it doesn't speak well for the game when a group of people can spout a ton of bullsh*t and another 'brand new' collection of people known as 'World rugby' can happily accept it...

They must be as moronic as their ******* name!

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

In that case I'd say it's outrageous. Too many people with fingers in pies is going to create problems.. An independent doctor who couldn't really care less whether he upset the Welsh, English or Mongolian RFU by pulling a player from the pitch is who is needed.

I still believe in my last point above, about players playing through injuries in order to maintain a pitch presence.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

I'd like to think the violence was a relatively solo affair, some boozed up pleb headbutting another less boozed up pleb's fist...

As far as I know, 'stabbings' haven't made a big appearance after rugby...

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

...that's all well and good 10stone10... but some more detail could help...

e.g. boot size. Boxers or y fronts? etc.. who are you??

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

For once I agree with everything you've written.. :)

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Scotland left frustrated as France kick their way to victory in Paris

I disagree, Scotland's ill discipline has always been a great factor in teams lumping points on then, their defence is traditionally fairly solid. So the fact France camped on Scotland's 5m line is also pretty traditional and the fact they left with no points is down to Scotland's discipline rather than French play.

Agree with you that Parra looks like the more dangerous 9 for France.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Scotland left frustrated as France kick their way to victory in Paris

mhmm

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

On the concussion head trauma front, can someone clarify if the checks are done by an independent doctor?

I heard something contrary being batted about the other day, something to do with it being 'Team doctors' that do the checks...

I think there is a huge amount of pressure for everyone involved... imagine telling a character like Bakkies Botha etc, that he's concussed and cannot play the rest of the game when he is super hyped up... I'm not talking about fear of aggression from the players, but I am talking about them being the least bit entertained by the prospect of sitting on the bench watching the rest of the game, especially the more 'hard' playersa that are convinced it's not a big deal...

I think there needs to be a huge drive with the clear backing of players, coaches, fans, medical teams and everyone involved somewhere along the lines to say "it's ok" for players to sit out after a head injury. Perhaps there is also a large problem when it comes to competitiveness within a team for a certain position. In my opinion George Ford should be starting ahead of Farrell, however there is a fine line, I think Ford is trying to seize the opportunity and if he; for instance, was told 10 mins into a match that he needs to be checked for a knock to the head, would he be willing to give up his place in that game to his 'team mate/position contender'? and potentially risk never getting a good look in again, until Farrell gets injured/makes a mistake, by which point he might also be injured or out of form, i.e. all the planets might not aligned quite right again...

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

Stroudos has a very good point here...

I wear a cap whenever I'm playing 4,5 or 8...don't bother when playing 7 or 6, but I've got to admit it doesn't tend to do a lot except from protect my ears from become cauliflowered and provide a sort of cushion against studs and the like...

The problem with concussions and KO's is the fact that the head moves and the brains stays in the same place, so padding of scrum cap thickness isn't going to do an awful lot in some respects.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland break down Italy in second half for comfortable Rome win

Personally thought seeing Italy with a potential playmaker was actually fairly exciting... even if the game did seem to run away towards the end...

3 Weeks, 13 Hours ago