Friday 19 January 2018

Munster exonerated by EPCR investigation into Conor Murray's HIA in Glasgow victory

Conor Murray is treated for injury against Glasgow last Saturday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Conor Murray is treated for injury against Glasgow last Saturday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Munster have been cleared of any wrongdoing following an EPCR probe over the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) he underwent during last Saturday's win over Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.

The scrumhalf went down after a "mistimed" tackle on Tim Swinson and lay still for a number of seconds before receiving treatment.

He carried on until the Munster medical team opted to call him ashore to check out the extent of the head injury he had incurred after watching television footage of the incident. Satisfied by the results, they allowed him to return and finish the game.

The television pictures suggested the player may have been knocked out, but Murray says he never lost consciousness and was "rattled" by the challenge that left him with a neck injury that has required further treatment.

After the game, he passed the HIA 2 test and then underwent further testing with the province's medical team on Monday. On Tuesday, he went to see Dr Brian Sweeney, a consultant neurologist at Cork University Hospital. He has been cleared for this evening's clash with Racing 92 at Thomond Park.

A statement from the EPCR today read: "The EPCR Untoward Incident Review Group has met on several occasions to discuss the Conor Murray incident in the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Glasgow Warriors and Munster Rugby on 14 January 2017.

"The Group, whilst acknowledging its role is to review the application of the World Rugby Head Injury Assessment protocol, has player welfare at its core. The opinion of the Group is that Mr Murray did not demonstrate any criteria that should have led to his immediate and permanent removal from the field of play.  The player underwent further assessment by Munster Rugby's medical team and its specialist advisors and, as such, the decision as to when the player returns to play rests with Munster.

"The Group will deliver its full report in due course."

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