Leinster give referee full support after concussion row in schools game
The Leinster Rugby Schools Committee have issued a statement offering their full support to referee Gary Glennon for the manner he handled an incident of suspected concussion during a Senior Cup match last month.
The incident in question occurred during a Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter final between Roscrea and Gonzaga.
Fiachra Keane, a prop for Gonzaga, suffered a serious head injury during the game and while he was being treated, Glennon insisted he be removed from the field.
However, the Gonzaga doctor remonstrated with the referee and sought to carry out a Head Injury Assessment (HIA), often seen in the professional game, but not applicable at schools level under World Rugby rule. The player was eventually taken off to receive full treatment.
The statement read:
"The Leinster Rugby Schools Committee, chaired by Conor Montayne, has investigated an incident that occurred in the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup match between Cistercian College Roscrea and Gonzaga College on Thursday, 11 February.
"Committee member Paul Kieran, a representative of Gonzaga College, was excused from the investigation.
"Following the investigation, the Leinster Rugby Schools Committee would like to publicly support referee Gary Glennon and to reaffirm that the referee is the ultimate arbiter of all games played at all levels and it is with he/she that any final decision rests with regard to on-field activity and this includes the removal of a player for medical reasons as detailed in IRB Law 3.9.
"The Leinster Rugby Schools Committee would also like to thank all parties for their cooperation in this matter which has now been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Schools Committee, of both schools and of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch.
"The Leinster Rugby Schools Committee would finally like to take this opportunity to again impress upon all those involved with the game at domestic level to educate themselves about their responsibilities to STOP - INFORM - REST - RETURN and if a player has any one of the signs or symptoms of concussion he/she should be removed from the field of play and not allowed to return."