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Friday 23 February 2018

Three head injuries stop school rugby game

The accident involved a collision between two St Munchin’s players. Both players were taken to CUH for precautionary observation (Stock photo)
The accident involved a collision between two St Munchin’s players. Both players were taken to CUH for precautionary observation (Stock photo)
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

An inter-school rugby match was abandoned after three players were taken to hospital with what appeared to be head injuries.

The boys are not seriously injured though the Munster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final between St Munchin's and Presentation Brothers College (PBC) Cork was subsequently abandoned.

The two freak accidents occurred within the first nine minutes of play at Musgrave Park in Cork.

The first incident took place after seven minutes with Presentation Brother College leading 5-0.

The accident involved a collision between two St Munchin's players.

Both players were taken to CUH for precautionary observation. One travelled by ambulance, while the other went by car.

A third player, also a St Munchin's student, suffered a concussion-type injury just moments later.

As the first ambulance was in transit to CUH a second replacement ambulance was called.

The match was later formally abandoned because of the lengthy injury stoppages, which lasted 60 minutes.

Roughly nine minutes of rugby was played in over an hour.

The schools Age Grade Competition Group and the Munster Rugby Schools Committee are scheduled to meet with the referee, Paudie Sheehan, to review the result.

The draw for the semi-finals, originally scheduled for after the Christians Brothers and Ard Scoil Rí game, has been postponed.

Irish Independent

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