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A good practical rule change with safety in mind. Surprising!
Posted 09:21 07th August 2012
This is at least a step in the right direction.
Although comparisons can't be drawn between the hits in gridiron adn rugby, the effects of concussion can. As I posted on another thread, there have been a few high-profile cases of ex-NLF players committing suicide due to ongoing health and psychological issues, as a result of repeated concussions.
Some of the instances of players being allowed to carry on playing have been ridiculous - Gio Aplon, this year, for example.
Also. good to see that it is being treated similarly to a blood substitution.
Posted 15:35 06th August 2012
Pleased to hear about it, just get frustrated at the amount of time law changes take to be implimented. Still waiting for the 23 man squad rules that eliminate uncontested scrums to be implimented at test match level and they have been used sucessfully at club level up north for about three years!!!! Good grief, no wonder the IRB are percieved as an inept, impotent and pathetic waste of time.
Posted 11:41 06th August 2012
A good idea. A bit like a blood-bin, it gives the professionals time to assess the player correctly, without the spotlight literally focusing in on them. Whilst they are always given the time on the pitch, I imagine that there is pressure (for the player, if no-one else) to carry on. Whether the pressure is real, or imagined, all players want to carry on. By taking them off the pitch and to a place of calm for the assessment, I think a better assessment will be possible.
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