O’Con­nor ex­plains HIA de­ci­sion

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby - Johnny Wat­ter­son

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.

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