Thursday 21 September 2017

Video: Neil Francis and Tony Ward - It'll need a fatality before people take cognisance of concussion

George North lays unconscious after nasty head clash against England
George North lays unconscious after nasty head clash against England
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

The big talking point from Round One of the RBS Six Nations was concussion centring around Wales failure to substitute George North and Rory Best also suffering the head injury.

Speaking on our Six Nations panel, Neil Francis claimed that all World Rugby were concerned about is a possible class action suit coming down the line and that it may take a fatality for people to really engage in trying to tackle the issue.

Ruaidhri makes the point that it is bad for the rugby brand to see incidents, like George North being knocked out cold, while nine million viewers, many of them parents, are tuning in.

Tony Ward deals with the issue at schools level on a day-to-day basis and believes that the situation is improving but the fact that George North was allowed to play on has ramifications for the game as a whole.

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