New Zealand Rugby Union to decide if Jeremy Loughman HIA incident merits further investigation

PLAYER welfare lobby group ‘Progressive Rugby’ has branded the decision to allow Ireland prop Jeremy Loughman return to the field of play in this morning’s defeat to the New Zealand Maori “deeply alarming”.

he Munster player went down with a head injury less than 9src seconds into his side’s 32-17 defeat to their hosts at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton and was seen stumbling as he tried to get back to his feet.

Under World Rugby guidelines, a player who “displays obvious signs of concussion” (Criteria 1) is removed from the field of play immediately and a ‘Head Injury Assessment’ (HIA) is not required.

However, according to Ireland coach Andy Farrell, Loughman underwent and passed a HIA, which was conducted by the independent match doctor.

He returned to the field of play and was

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