By Simon Galinier
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In France, the application of the concussion protocol during the match has tightened in recent seasons, since less than 10% of concussed players remain on the field, compared to 30% in 2017, according to FFR-LNR figures revealed by L’ Crew. But this is far from being the case everywhere abroad. Recent international test matches have seen several incidents which have revealed that the pitchside neurological assessment (HIA) test is unsuitable and sometimes misused.
Like the case of Australia white fuck, allowed to resume play despite signs of concussion, this Saturday, November 19 during the defeat in Ireland (13-10). After being violently shaken by a two-man tackle from Mack Hansen and Josh Van der Flier, the ex-Montpellier scrum-half staggered for a long time, before leaving the field to be examined for a potential concussion. Except he came back into play 10 minutes later, prompting an angry reaction from concussion lobby group Progressive Rugby. World Rugby has taken up the case, according to The Irish Times.
World Rugby “examines the circumstances”
The world body explains that it is “examining the circumstances” of these controversial events in Dublin, when Nic White was allowed to return to the field despite clear signs that he had suffered a brain injury, as he staggered on field. It has since been claimed that the independent match doctor and Australian medical team missed his crucial footage of a groggy Nic White as they were busy reviewing the initial tackle. Although the Wallabies scrum-half subsequently showed no symptoms of concussion, he was rested for 12 days and will miss the Wallabies’ final autumn test, against Wales (Saturday November 26, 4.15 p.m. ).
This story echoes the incident which involved the Welsh pillar Tomas Francis, victim of a big shock to the head against England during the last 6 Nations, but holder the following weekend against the XV of France. A subsequent investigation revealed that it should have been “immediately and permanently removed from play” and a number of recommendations were put forward to avoid similar mistakes in the future.
A lot of breakage among the Wallabies
In addition to the unavailability of Nic White, the Wallabies left a lot of feathers, Saturday, November 19 against the XV of Clover, since Dave Porecki (concussion), Taniela Tupou (Achilles tendon), Hunter Paisami (knee), Rob Valetini (ankle) and Andrew Kellaway (toe) are also injured. While Will Skelton (La Rochelle) and Bernard Foley (Kubota Spears, Japan) have returned to their respective clubs, as the last match against the Welsh falls outside the World Rugby international window.
The most worrying case is that of the solid right pillar Taniela Tupou who ruptured an Achilles tendon on the lawn of the Aviva Stadium and will be absent between 9 and 12 months. Knowing that Australia’s first group match for the 2023 World Cup will take place in 10 months, against Georgia (September 9, 2023), the Reds player is in a race against time to hold his place in the Cup. of the world in France.
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