Concussion protocols in rugby have been cast back into the spotlight following the Top 14 clash between Toulouse and the high flying La Rochelle at the weekend.
With the game still in its infancy, Fijian powerhouse Levani Botai went on the attack for La Rochelle, and having gathered a serious head of steam, ran straight over the unfortunate Alexis Polisson, leaving the Toulouse back a veritable train wreck on the field.
Take a look.
Protocole Botia pic.twitter.com/OUvFGNXtWm
— greub (@greub1) March 5, 2017
From another angle you can appreciate the concussive forces of the impact.
— Philippe (@philousports) March 5, 2017
The aftermath of such a ferocious tackle left Palisson clearly struggling.
– Le protocole est bon, on va relancer Alexis.
Y'a plus de respect. pic.twitter.com/OTMEkPu0tX
— David Arrieta (@arrietadavid1) March 5, 2017
Palisson rightly left the field to undergo a head injury assessment (HIA) but, to the surprise of many, somehow returned to the field of play several minutes later.
— FRANCK LORRAIN (@franklorrain) March 5, 2017
Roughly translated, this fan expresses their shock at the sight of Palisson returning to play, six minutes after the thundering collision that left him floundering.
WTF Palisson qui revient sur le terrain ? #STSR
— Esprit de la Règle (@EspritdelaRegle) March 5, 2017
Simply put, this fan wonders why Palisson is returning to play.
Following the recent focus on head injuries in the sport and the introduction of new rules surrounding tackling, to see Palisson emerging back onto the field raises some worrying questions around player welfare.
On review of the footage it could certainly be suggested that the 29-year-old’s day was done the moment he was drilled into the turf by Botai.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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