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No One Could Believe Jamie George Was Let Back On After Suspected Concussion

No One Could Believe Jamie George Was Let Back On After Suspected Concussion
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Fans and pundits alike were shocked that England hooker Jamie George was allowed back onto the field of play, after displaying symptoms of concussion during Saracen's Champions Cup defeat to Edinburgh.

George was sin binned for is collision with Edinburgh's Luke Crosbie, but was sent back onto the field when his ten minutes were on the sidelines were up, and after completing a HIA.

An independent doctor then examined the footage and decided that George should be stood down at half-time.

It also brought back memories recent similar incidents involving Jeremy Loughman vs the Maori All Blacks, and Nic White against Ireland.

Progressive Rugby, a non-profit rugby welfare group released the following statement on the George incident:

In our view England hooker Jamie George demonstrated clear category 1 symptoms and has wrongly undergone a HIA instead of being permanently removed.

This failure of process, which again calls into question the effectiveness of the HIA tool, not only puts the player at potentially catastrophic risk but is damaging to the image of the game we all love.

At a time when the amateur game is being asked to undertake significant change on the grounds of safety, it’s incumbent on the professional game to get their house in order. We ask that the relevant governing body investigate this incident as a matter of urgency and wish Jamie George all the best with his recovery.

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Saracens' DOR Mark McCall also gave his view.


"I don't know exactly what happened.

"It appears that Jamie passed his HIA [head injury assessment] and someone has had a further look at it and thought it better that he were withdrawn from the game.

"And, of course, that's the right decision."


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