Wal­laby Fo­ley suf­fers con­cus­sion again

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MEL­BOURNE: Aus­tralia fly­half Bernard Fo­ley has suf­fered a new con­cus­sion set­back af­ter his long-awaited re­turn to Su­per Rugby side New South Wales.

Fo­ley played his first match of the sea­son for the Syd­ney team against Mel­bourne Rebels on Fri­day af­ter miss­ing four games fol­low­ing a pre-sea­son head-knock but con­cus­sion symp­toms re­turned af­ter the 32-25 away win.

The team said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that Fo­ley was a doubt to play New Zealand’s Can­ter­bury Cru­saders this week­end.

“Bernard’s wel­fare is our pri­or­ity right now and our med­i­cal team are tak­ing an ac­tive treat­ment process to man­age his symp­toms,” Waratahs coach Daryl Gib­son said.

“We will fol­low the med­i­cal ad­vice and he will un­dergo fur­ther test­ing and treat­ment prior to any de­ci­sions be­ing made about him re­turn­ing to play­ing.”

The Waratahs tried out dif­fer­ent mid­field com­bi­na­tions at train­ing yes­ter­day and David Horitz is a can­di­date to take the num­ber 10 shirt.

“(Hor­witz) played well last week. He stepped up into first re­ceiver a lot, prob­a­bly touched the ball more times than Bernard did,” as­sis­tant coach Chris Malone said.

“Good growth from Dave and he’s re­ally come along in terms of be­ing in

the squad.”

Fo­ley’s con­cus­sion woes will also be a con­cern for Wal­la­bies coach Michael Cheika in the leadup to the June in­ter­na­tion­als against Fiji, Scot­land and Italy.

“There’s enough scary ar­ti­cles and dif­fer­ent things out there and pro­duc­tions and film around con­cus­sion, and it’s an is­sue to­day that it didn’t used to be,” Malone said.

“There­fore, from a coach­ing per­spec­tive, it’s (only) a game at the end of the day. It’s not worth risk­ing the rest of some­one’s life for a game.” Reuters

Bernard’s wel­fare is our pri­or­ity right now and our med­i­cal team are tak­ing an ac­tive treat­ment process to man­age his symp­toms.

DARYL GIB­SON

Waratahs coach

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