May shares the sad­ness

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT -

There is a som­bre mood around Hur­ri­canes HQ at the mo­ment.

Hav­ing a bye week meant there wasn’t a lot of rugby to think or talk about at the week­end, and the an­nounce­ment of lock James Broad­hurst’s re­tire­ment at the age of 29 due to con­cus­sion symp­toms has given the play­ers a lot to pon­der.

Chiefly, what if that hap­pened to me? It was some­thing Hur­ri­canes prop, and Broad­hurst’s good friend, Ben May had been ask­ing him­self lately.

‘‘It’s a timely re­minder to make sure things are in or­der off the field ... it’s just bloody sad.

‘‘We’re good mates and this is quite a pos­i­tive, full-on en­vi­ron­ment and we live in this lit­tle bub­ble here where ev­ery­thing is go­ing 100 miles an hour, to see your mate like that is not a nice thing.’’

Broad­hurst en­joyed a break­out year in 2015 as a key fig­ure in the Hur­ri­canes’ Su­per Rugby cam­paign, but suf­fered a head knock in a Mitre 10 Cup match later that year while play­ing for Taranaki against Welling­ton. He has not played rugby since.

The one-test All Black has con­tin­ued to suf­fer from headaches with med­i­cal spe­cial­ists ad­vis­ing him to keep his heart rate be­low 120-beats-per-minute to avoid them. This made ex­er­cis­ing - letalone play­ing rugby - prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble.

May said Broad­hurst had an or­chard in the Far North to keep him busy and had al­ways been one to en­sure he was well setup off the field, but had ex­pe­ri­enced con­cen­tra­tion prob­lems as he pur­sued fur­ther stud­ies.

Last week’s news was keenly felt through­out the en­tire squad, May said.

‘‘Speak­ing on be­half of all the boys we’re re­ally gut­ted. We were all very hope­ful he’d come back and make a full re­cov­ery form the con­cus­sion. He’s tried bloody hard and done a lot of work with spe­cial­ists and it just hasn’t been the case.

‘‘It’s af­fected us, I’ve played a lot of rugby with the big man. He’s been cut well short, in his prime, he got that one test out of the way and I’m sure he would’ve wanted to build on that.’’

May’s ad­vice to other peo­ple out there with friends go­ing through a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence was just to be there when they needed them.

‘‘Just be­ing a mate to him, go and do things out­side of rugby. He likes a bit of hunt­ing and get­ting out and things like that, which has been lim­ited be­cause he’s been crook, but just be­ing there for him and his part­ner.’’

Fel­low Hur­ri­canes prop Reg­gie Goodes con­tin­ues his bat­tle to clear con­cus­sion symp­toms.

The prop missed the team’s 2016 play­off run af­ter be­ing un­able to shake the ef­fects of a con­cus­sion picked up dur­ing a round-robin match. He re­turned late in the Welling­ton Lions’ pro­vin­cial sea­son, but an­other head knock dur­ing a Hur­ri­canes pre-sea­son match in Fe­bru­ary meant he has not been sighted this sea­son.

‘‘He’s in a sim­i­lar place to where Broady was but not quite at the level,’’ Hur­ri­canes coach Chris Boyd said.

‘‘He’s get­ting to a point where he’s got no symp­toms and then just pushes it that lit­tle bit fur­ther and the symp­toms come back again.’’

Cen­tre Matt Proc­tor was also mov­ing through con­cus­sion pro­to­cols, but was much closer to a re­turn that Goodes.

In other in­jury news, cap­tain Dane Coles was a ‘‘50-50’’ chance to play in his team’s next match, against the Storm­ers on May 5, while Blade Thom­son’s sea­son is likely over with him prob­a­bly need­ing a shoul­der re­con­struc­tion, Boyd said.

Ben May on James Broad­hurst Hur­ri­canes team­mates James Broad­hurst and Ben May help Owhiro Bay res­i­dents clean up af­ter the storm that hit Welling­ton in 2013.

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