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Clarke's 'indefinite' absence ominous reminder of rugby's toll

Published 01/03/2014 | 02:30

Clarke: Long-term absence
Clarke: Long-term absence

YOU read between the lines of skipper Craig Clarke's continuing absence from the Connacht team and a shiver runs down the spine for what it re-iterates about professional rugby's toll on the human body.

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The New Zealander is on an "indefinite" lay-off having, according to Connacht coach Pat Lam, picked up his 10th concussion of the last 22 months, most of them apparently accumulated in Super 14 rugby with the Chiefs.

His story carries echoes of Bernard Jackman's last days with Leinster and the Carlow man's growing susceptibility to head injuries that left him seeing stars.

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