Sam Warburton: ‘France don’t treat concussion seriously’

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Former Wales captain Sam Warburton has called on World Rugby to standardise the way concussion is treated.
Warburton praised Wales and England’s treatment of players after enduring blows.
Nevertheless, the two-time Irish and British Lions captain claimed the very same criteria aren’t met in France.
“France do not treat concussion badly and they have had deaths in the previous 12 months,” he told the Scrum V podcast.
Warburton stated Wales’ choice to remove fly-half Rhys Patchell early within their 19-10 defeat by Ireland on 7 September was praiseworthy.
However Warburton, who retired from July 2018 elderly 29 after repeated trauma issues, included:”I am not positive if that occurs in France.
“And what I’ve heard from players and coaches, they do not take concussion seriously so that is where I believe World Rugby do have to get into a lot of those temptations.
“I have been dealt with at Twickenham where I have been knocked out; the RFU [Rugby Football Union] dealt with me brilliantly.
“Wales I think do it brightly so I can say firsthand these two have things so – I think all the House Nations have but I am not convinced every other nation has.”
Patchell failed a head injury assessment (HIA) after a heavy collision with Ireland rear row CJ Stander. The stand-off is forecast to fly Wales on to Japan on Wednesday to take part in the Rugby World Cup and has been tracked.
The participant suffered two concussions during the 2018-19 season playing.
Wales coach Warren Gatland claims Wales’ medical team will be consulted on Patchell’s previous head injuries and also they will”see how he hires during the next couple of days”.
Warburton stated it was important players do not go back on the field after neglecting HIA tests.
“There is something called second-impact syndrome, which is when if you become concussed and you go back on and get yet another concussion your likelihood of a fatality increase hugely,” added Warburton.
He said Wales’ move in maintaining Patchell off has been”because he has had a concussion – it’s not using the World Cup at sight, so it’s for the participant’s security”.
Four players – 2 amateurs and two professional – died in France between May 2018 and January 2019
Not all those were concussion related, together with Nicolas Chauvin suffering a different and a broken neck – Louis Fajfrowski – dying and dying after being struck in the chest.
An investigation suppressed his death was caused by commotio cordis. Since he was struck in the chest at a moment in the cycle, his heart stopped.
17, two players 23, and Adrien Descrulhes, died after taking heed.
The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has shaped a global forum along with World Rugby and has suggested a change to rugby’s handle laws forcing players to tackle opponents below the chest.
The FFR has been requested to comment.
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