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

BY Grant Constable  ·  Wednesday Mar 16, 2011

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.

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