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Mar 27, 2015

Concussions nothing new in rugby, says former referee

LONDON (Reuters) – As a coach, Premiership referee and now television match official, Sean Davey has seen his fair share of concussed players on a rugby pitch.

He “saw stars” himself several times as a player.

The sight of a player lying motionless after a blow to the head is nothing new, but the big question in the sport following recent high-profile incidents is: just how dangerous is rugby and are players now more at risk?

Mar 27, 2015

Concussion worries cast shadow in World Cup year

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby officials, fans and television executives revelled in a thrilling Six Nations championship finale but concerns surrounding concussion and its long-term impact on players continue to cast a shadow over the game.

The sight of England fullback Mike Brown lying unconscious after a sickening blow to the head or the controversy that surrounded Wales winger George North being allowed to play on after appearing to be knocked out has re-ignited the concussion debate in a sport with bigger, faster players than ever before.

Mar 27, 2015

Saracens at forefront of on-field concussion research

LONDON (Reuters) – When Saracens took the field against Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership last month only the eagle-eyed in the 7,000-strong crowd would have noticed the small plaster behind the ears of their black-shirted heroes.

The white sticky tape holds in place a tiny impact sensor that the club hope will produce scientific evidence on the short-term and long-term effects of concussion on professional rugby players.

Mar 27, 2015

Rugby-Saracens at forefront of on-field concussion research

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – When Saracens took the field against Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership last month only the eagle-eyed in the 7,000-strong crowd would have noticed the small plaster behind the ears of their black-shirted heroes.

The white sticky tape holds in place a tiny impact sensor that the club hope will produce scientific evidence on the short-term and long-term effects of concussion on professional rugby players.

Mar 27, 2015

Rugby-Concussion worries cast shadow in World Cup year

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Rugby officials, fans and television executives revelled in a thrilling Six Nations championship finale but concerns surrounding concussion and its long-term impact on players continue to cast a shadow over the game.

The sight of England fullback Mike Brown lying unconscious after a sickening blow to the head or the controversy that surrounded Wales winger George North being allowed to play on after appearing to be knocked out has re-ignited the concussion debate in a sport with bigger, faster players than ever before.

Mar 22, 2015

Analysis – Thrilling Six Nations finale augurs well for World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – A Six Nations championship retained on points difference by Ireland left few clues as to which of the northern hemisphere’s leading lights are best equipped to mount a sustained World Cup challenge later this year.

Ireland, England and Wales all have reason to feel confident of a deep run in the global showpiece after a Six Nations that began with a laser show in the Millennium Stadium and ended with fireworks on the pitch in Rome, Twickenham and Murrayfield.

Mar 22, 2015

Rugby-Thrilling Six Nations finale augurs well for World Cup

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) – A Six Nations championship retained on points difference by Ireland left few clues as to which of the northern hemisphere’s leading lights are best equipped to mount a sustained World Cup challenge later this year.

Ireland, England and Wales all have reason to feel confident of a deep run in the global showpiece after a Six Nations that began with a laser show in the Millennium Stadium and ended with fireworks on the pitch in Rome, Twickenham and Murrayfield.

Mar 14, 2015

Welsh win down to character and maturity – Gatland

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales “ran themselves into the ground” to hold off Ireland and stay in Six Nations title contention, coach Warren Gatland said after a 23-16 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors, chasing the game after conceding an early 12 points, threw everything at Wales but their grand slam hopes were extinguished by a dogged red line of defence.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-Welsh win down to character and maturity – Gatland

CARDIFF, March 14 (Reuters) – Wales “ran themselves into the ground” to hold off Ireland and stay in Six Nations title contention, coach Warren Gatland said after a 23-16 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors, chasing the game after conceding an early 12 points, threw everything at Wales but their grand slam hopes were extinguished by a dogged red line of defence.

Mar 14, 2015

Wales hold off Ireland to blow Six Nations wide open

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Resilient Wales withstood a second-half battering to blow the Six Nations wide open and end holders Ireland’s grand slam hopes with a 23-16 victory on Saturday.

After an opening home defeat by England, Wales have hit back with three successive wins and by defeating previously undefeated Ireland they have a shot at the title heading into the final round next week.