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Connacht Centre Dave McSharry Forced To Retire

Connacht Rugby Squad Training, Sportsground, Galway 27/10/2015 Dave McSharry Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from professional rugby because of concussion, the Irish province confirmed on Wednesday.  The 26-year-old former Leinster academy player took the decision to quit after meeting with a neurologist last week, who advised him to retire. In February the former Ireland U-18, U-20 and Irish Wolfhounds star was ruled out for the …

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Exclusive: Why Concussion Is At The Top Of Cudmore’s Personal Agenda

“I had trouble with my sleep; trouble with perception; trouble with light, with sound.” The concussion that took Canada and former Clermont lock Jamie Cudmore to the brink of retirement before the 2015 World Cup has prompted him to launch the Rugby Safety Network (RSN) – a foundation to raise awareness and understanding of concussion. “I’ve had a few concussions,” Cudmore …

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Dylan Hartley Fears For His Career Following Concussions

France v England - RBS Six Nations

Dylan Hartley has suffered two serious concussions this season. In a startling interview published in The Telegraph, Dylan Hartley has admitted that his career could come to a premature end if he suffers another serious concussion. The England captain, who cannot remember lifting the Six Nations trophy aloft in Paris, has missed a cumulative total of 14 weeks this season …

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Five Irish Stars Set To Miss Test Series Against South Africa

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Joe Schmidt must once again work with a huge injury list as he plans Ireland’s trip to South Africa next month. Perhaps the biggest single topic of conversation around Ireland’s 2016 Six Nations campaign was the sheer size of the injury list with which Joe Schmidt and co had to grapple with for the entire tournament. Compounding the enormous loss …

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Rugby, Concussion & Dementia: What Do We Do Next?

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland leaves the pitch due to injury during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Concussion and head trauma is not a case of scare mongering, witch hunting or trying to turn fans and players away from a game; it’s a real threat with genuine consequences. The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research revealed in 2009 that former NFL players were 19 times more likely to suffer from early onset of Alzheimer’s than the general public, and that there …

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The Rugby Community Has Rallied Against The Removal Of Tackling From School Games

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: A rugby ball pictured during the England training session held at the Pennyhill Park hotel on February 8, 2011 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

A report today from a number of medical professionals has advocated for the removal of tackling in schools rugby. One of the signatories, Prof Allyson Pollock, from Queen Mary University of London, spoke the BBC about the dangers of rugby for youngsters. If you’re thinking of a million children playing every year with this risk of injury you’re looking at 300,000 extra injuries …

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How Far Has Rugby Come In Dealing With Concussion?

Concussion has been a major talking point in rugby over the last 18 months, a word that it is hard to not mention when rugby comes up in conversation. We’ve seen Danie Rossouw fail to get to his feet after a head clash with Brian O’Driscoll in the Lions Test Series in 2009. Four years later, Richard Hibbard played on after he …

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Should Ireland And Leinster Star Johnny Sexton Call It A Day?

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 11: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland looks dejected as he is replaced due to injury during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It hasn’t been a great few weeks for Irish rugby fans. Fresh from the forced retirement of Paul O’Connell, the national team have got their Six Nations campaign off to an indifferent start. The O’Connell injury was a particular sickener as he was preparing to venture into a new phase in his career with Toulon. We all saw O’Connell stretchered …

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Concussion: The Growing Headaches In Rugby Union

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Jamie Cudmore (R) of Clermont leaves the field early in the first half due to concussion during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and RC Toulon at Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Rugby has a big problem and it’s causing a serious headache for unions around the world. Over the last number of years the issue of concussion has become more and more prevalent. Five years ago the notion of concussion was just background noise, just another risk, something to shake off. Protocols in the game were certainly not as focused or …

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Paddy Jackson Has To Step Up, Whether He’s Ready Or Not

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 23: Paddy Jackson of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 round 6 game between Ulster and Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium on January 23, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

With Johnny Sexton out through concussion once again, there’s a chance for Paddy Jackson to step up to the plate with Ireland. Jack O’Toole discusses the positives and negatives of what may be a forced alteration come the Six Nations. As every Irish rugby fan will know by now, injuries are a cruel yet ultimately inevitable part of sport that can often derail …

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Terrible Injury News For Ireland Ahead Of The Six Nations

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will be a worried man this evening, after it has emerged that fly-half Jonathan Sexton is a doubt for the Six Nations opener against Wales in a fortnight’s time. The Leinster out-half, who was captaining the province for the first time on his 100th appearance today, was involved in a clash of heads after just nine …

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VIDEO: Richie McCaw Gets Knocked Out Vs The Blues

And the concussion discussion goes on. Today, playing against the Auckland Blues, Richie McCaw fell unconscious attempting a tackle for his Crusaders side. With George North and Leigh Halfpenny recently falling victim to recurring knockouts, this will surely be uncomfortable viewing for those who now see concussion as Rugby’s biggest headache.   

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Irish Choke Tackles Aren’t The Problem, Concussion Is

The irony of Shaun Edwards critiquing the dangers of choke tackles, while leaving a concussion-suffering George North on pitch is not lost on us.    There is getting your excuses in early and then there is Shaun Edwards. This time, it is the Irish choke tackle that is at the centre of the all-knowledgeable Englishman’s ire. Speaking at a press …

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Concussion in the NFL

With the NFL season beginning on September 4th, the concussion debate has raised its ugly head once again.  According to @NFLConcussions, 36 players have been diagnosed with or been reported to have had concussions in the preseason. Even before the real games begin, we are reminded of how brutal and hard-hitting American football is. The issue of concussion in the NFL …

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FIFA’s Head Games – World Cup Concussion

FIFA consistently use the phrase “player welfare” when addressing the adverse conditions expected for Qatar 2022. FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb said in August of 2013 that “player welfare” is of the utmost importance for FIFA, referring to the temperatures in Qatari summers. That World Cup is eight years away; if it happens at all (which is another problem entirely). What …

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