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Concussions and Protecting Our Players

Braveheart81

James Horwill (77)
Staff member
And to be clear, I don't have a problem with the principle. I found it a bit galling that when the balance was returned after 20 minutes, the 'offending' team was back at full complement while the Rebels (insert any other team, not being parochial) were still a man down.


How were they a man down though? Surely Fa'amausili was replaced immediately and the Rebels never played with less than 15 players.
 

Froggy

Trevor Allan (34)
No, AAA can't return.
After 20 minutes he is replaced, but he can't come back on.
I haver to agree with BH regarding injury, the extent of the injury should have no bearing on the severity of the punishment. If you flip a player on to his head in an illegal tackle, it is only good luck when he doesn't get injured, the offence is exactly the same.
 

Mr Wobbly

Alan Cameron (40)
I have a suggestion about this..... replacing carded players, front rowers in particular.

If a front rower is sent off they need to be replaced by another front rower so someone else gets subbed. For some reason it seems to usually be a loose forward. I think the opposing captain should be able to nominate who is subbed and neither that player or the carded player can rejoin the game.

Currently if #1 is red carded, #6 goes off and #17 comes on. After 20 mins #6 is allowed to come back.

Change it to: #1 is red carded, #17 comes on and the opposing captain nominates who goes off. After 20 mins a different benchie can join the game.
 

Braveheart81

James Horwill (77)
Staff member
I have a suggestion about this... replacing carded players, front rowers in particular.

If a front rower is sent off they need to be replaced by another front rower so someone else gets subbed. For some reason it seems to usually be a loose forward. I think the opposing captain should be able to nominate who is subbed and neither that player or the carded player can rejoin the game.

Currently if #1 is red carded, #6 goes off and #17 comes on. After 20 mins #6 is allowed to come back.

Change it to: #1 is red carded, #17 comes on and the opposing captain nominates who goes off. After 20 mins a different benchie can join the game.


Why should the punishment be greater because it is a front rower that earns the card?
 

Slim 293

Nathan Sharpe (72)
Yep, the team effectively lose two starting players when a front rower is carded......... the punishment doesn't need to be any more severe.
 

Merrow

Trevor Allan (34)
Geoff Parkes on The Roar said that he checked with the Rebels as to the severity of Pone’s knock. He showed no signs of concussion after the hit. They decided not to put him back on because it was a heavy knock and close to the time they’d take him off anyway
 

Dctarget

Andrew Slack (58)
Geoff Parkes on The Roar said that he checked with the Rebels as to the severity of Pone’s knock. He showed no signs of concussion after the hit. They decided not to put him back on because it was a heavy knock and close to the time they’d take him off anyway

Happy to hear they were cautious about it.
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
That's weird. Why should the opposing captain get to dictate how subs are used?

And in what fantasy world should the player who goes off to allow a replacement prop to come on not be able to return at the end of the 20 minute period? He isn't guilty of any offence. Not the best suggestion I've ever seen.
 

half

John Solomon (38)
Fairfax article says 1 in 4 rugby players effected by concussion .

Major study from the UK, funded by both union and league. copied the first bit only of the article ..

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sp...-could-have-brain-damage-20210722-p58bxe.html

Half of elite adult rugby players have shown an unexpected reduction in brain volume and almost a quarter display abnormalities in brain structure, according to new research.
The Drake Foundation, which funded the study conducted by the Imperial College London, has called for rule changes to protect players due to the risks of concussion. The research team - in collaboration with rugby union and league clubs across the United Kingdom - used advanced neuroimaging techniques to look at the brains of current elite rugby players compared to control subjects that don’t play the sport.
Former England rugby international Lewis Moody supported the research.
“I feel player welfare is not always at the forefront of people’s minds,” Moody said.
 
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