Monday 18 February 2019

Sam Cane explains THAT tackle on Robbie Henshaw and how he felt afterwards

Sam Cane's challenge on Robbie Henshaw
Sam Cane's challenge on Robbie Henshaw

Harry Clarke

Sam Cane has revealed he hunted down Robbie Henshaw's phone number to send him a get well message following his tackle on the Irishman at the Aviva Stadium last year.

All Black flanker Cane was cited for his part in the incident which left Henshaw unconscious by Citing Commisioner Bruce Kuklinski but an independent Disciplinary committee decided that it did not warrant a suspension.

Speaking to New Zealand website Stuff, Cane said: "I managed to get his phone number the next day and flick him a text.

"I did keep an eye to see how long he was out for so it's good to see him back playing."

The All Black also insisted that the tackle was totally accidental and added that it is not nice having to deal with concussion on the rugby pitch.

"I anticipated he [Henshaw] was going to move back into that space but Robbie did a pirouette on the spot, which is very rarely seen on rugby field," Cane said.

"As he did his body height dropped. I had already committed to the tackle and made contact to his head.

"The terrible part about it is that he ended up concussed and having to be stretchered off, which no one likes.

"I've had to deal with a couple of concussions myself and it's not a nice thing. So maybe we have to be a little smarter and not go in as forcefully as you'd like to.

"Rugby is about dominating collisions but if we are risking concussions then it's not really worth it.

"The biggest collisions happen when you try to make a dominant tackle and tackle with a lot of force and it's hard to adjust late, so we're going to have to be slightly more passive."

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