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Another State of Origin game, another concussion issue.
Cameron Munster is in doubt for the series decider after the Queensland star was knocked out after just two minutes of Origin II at ANZ Stadium. A week after Boyd Cordner was allowed to return to the fray after a head knock that prematurely ended his series, Munster will need to pass concussion protocols to take his place at Suncorp Stadium.
Cameron Munster lasted barely two minutes at ANZ Stadium and Queensland could be forced to play an Origin decider without one of their biggest names.Credit:Getty
Munster wasn’t the only player to undergo a HIA. NSW forward Tyson Frizell also spent time off the field after clashing heads with Josh Addo-Carr while attempting to tackle Phillip Sami.
The Dragons forward was cleared to return after passing the assessment.
Concussion management has become one of the biggest talking points in the game following the Cordner incident. The NSWRL has been asked to explain why Cordner wasn’t immediately ruled out after his game-one head knock. There are suggestions he suffered a “category 1” ataxia – which is manifested via a loss of coordination and/or muscle control – and should result in players taking no further part in the contest.
The NRL normally keep the results of concussion investigations in-house, but are expected to make their findings public in the Cordner case due to the level of public interest. A decision is expected to be handed down next week amid fears Cordner may be forced into retirement or an extended break from the game.
Given all the publicity surrounding head injuries, it appeared an inopportune time for fists to fly. However, Blues forward Payne Haas and Maroons counterpart Tino Fa'asuamaleaui both spent time in the sin bin after coming to blows.
Players have generally pulled their punches ever since former NRL chief executive Dave Smith introduced a ‘punch and you’re off’ edict following a stink between Paul Gallen and Nate Myles in 2013. It didn’t stop Faasuamaleaui and Haas from reprising a stoush that first erupted at schoolboy Origin level.
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