Ospreys won’t risk Tipuric

Date published: October 1 2014

The Ospreys are taking no chances with openside Justin Tipuric, who will be rested for this weekend’s clash with Zebre.

The Welsh international made his comeback from injury last week against Edinburgh, but was forced off with a head injury this weekend during the Ospreys’ 19-14 win at Munster.

With the concerns over the dangers of concussion, and a short turnaround for Friday’s game in Parma, it was decided that it would be safer to give him the week off.

And while forwards coach Chris Gibbes insists he has suffered no after-effects from the injury, which caused him to come off after just 25 minutes, the Ospreys felt that it was not worth risking him.

“There are no after-effects in terms of concussion with his head knock. He is fine,” Gibbes told Wales Online.

“But the way the regulations are with head clashes, he is going to miss this week’s game.

“Basically you have to have a clear 24 hours before you can start the process and because of the tight turnaround he is going to miss that window.

“We are putting him at the centre of things and it’s the right thing to do.

“It was awesome to see him back out there running around.

“It was just disappointing he got injured when he did.

“He is a very different type flanker than the traditional southern hemisphere type open-side.

“He is such a versatile player and an all-round player. He’s got a really good skill set. He could be a back.”