Tuesday 20 February 2018

Jackman: We haven’t seen concussion abuse like this before

Bernard Jackman
Bernard Jackman

Bernard Jackman says that rugby has never seen the “farcical” situation surrounding concussion as witnessed in the Top 14 at the weekend.

Toulouse lost at home to Racing Merto in the play-offs, but a bigger talking point was the decision to send a bloodied Florian Fritz back onto the field of play after suffering concussion.

Cameras captured long-serving Toulouse coach Guy Noves instructing his medical team to send the French international back onto the field of play during the course of their defeat to Racing Metro.

The former Irish international and current Grenoble coach Jackman saws that while the attitude to rugby has been questionable in the past, this is the worst example we have seen.

“We haven’t seen abuse (concussion)  like this before,” he told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.

“Guy Noves isn’t coming out of this favourably, but people don’t always make good decisions in pressurised situations.”

“We got a glimpse of Noves demanding to the medical staff that Fritz return to action. Thankfully he came back onto the field of play and finished the game, but we don’t know how he will be in 10 years time”

Jackman says that new regulations are coming into play in France next season, but the issue needs to be taken far more seriously.

“The French league can go from this farcical situation to standard bearer by implementing change.”

“It’s only a game at the end of the day,” he said

“We can’t let this continue for young player watching or at home watching on TV. We got to make sure we look after the players.”

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