Sunday 18 February 2018

'I was fully conscious'- Conor Murray responds to HIA controversy

Conor Murray of Munster is treated for an injury. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Conor Murray of Munster is treated for an injury. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Conor Murray has insisted that he wasn't knocked unconscious during Munster's 14-12 win over Glasgow last Saturday.

Speaking to the media this afternoon, the star scrum-half responded to questions about his HIA during the match after he was knocked to the ground following a heavy collision with Glasgow second row Tim Swinson.

Murray played on before leaving the field for an assessment, after which he returned once more to finish out the game. The Champions Cup organisers subsequently announced that they will investigate the exact chain of events, but Murray has stressed that he didn't lose consciousness on the pitch.

“They [the medical team] didn’t suspect that I had lost consciousness, which is the most important thing, and I came back on and finished the game and have felt fine since," the scrum-half said.

"The last few days I’ve been working with the medics and physios and just making sure I’m okay, following all the protocols that you have to follow and doing the tests and I’ve come through them.

“I’ve passed all the tests and I’m fine. We’ve followed all the HIA protocols and worked with world rugby.

"I’ve trained fully today and the physios have looked after me, kept a close eye on me and I came through okay so I’m ready for the weekend.

"I was fully conscious and talking to them about my neck. I hit my neck off Swinson’s elbow."

Murray's availability would be a big boost to Munster as they look to secure a home Champions Cup quarter-final this weekend. They host Racing 92 at Thomond Park on Saturday evening.

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