O’Connor explains HIA decision
Former Leinster coach and director of rugby at Leicester Matt O’Connor was asked to explain the decision not to remove replacement forward Dominic Ryan for a head injury assessment, despite the player appearing to take a heavy blow to the head during Saturday’s match. The former Leinster flanker was hurt making a tackle on wing George North.
Many people watching the Premiership game against Northampton would have suspected Ryan needed to be removed from play in order for a HIA to be conducted. Apparently not. “Dom made a fantastic cover tackle and in the process winded himself,” said O’Connor afterwards. “The physio was on the scene and as soon as the physio gets there, Dom asks, ‘Did they score or not? That would indicate to me he’s conscious and that he’s fine. The physio said he was 100 per cent fine, so there are no issues.” It’s not in the power of the physio or doctor to decide if a player is concussion free. Given Ryan’s question about the score, it would indicate he was confused.