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‘I’m completely disgusted… A stain on our nice recreation’

Former England scrum-half Kyran Bracken has hit out on the British & Irish Lions over the collection of Exeter Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie on the bench for Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the Sigma Lions.

Cowan-Dickie’s choice comes regardless of his being knocked unconscious simply seven days prior within the Gallagher Premiership remaining defeat to Harlequins. The hooker acquired his head the incorrect aspect of a deal with and obtained medical therapy on the pitch earlier than being faraway from the motion at Twickenham.

The 28-year-old has since progressed by the return to play protocols, however his return so quickly after a major head damage hasn’t gone unnoticed by concussion activists.

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When questioned about Cowan-Dickie’s inclusion Lions head coach Warren Gatland famous: “After I first requested him how he was he mentioned he had by no means had a knock like that earlier than, so he has achieved all of the return to play protocols and he’s completely happy to take an element in coaching and he’s one other actual competitor.”

Nonetheless, in a rare tweet on Twitter, Bracken described the choice as a ‘stain on the sport’.

Bracken, who’s spearheading an anti-brain damage marketing campaign within the sport, has spoken out about his personal struggles with post-concussion signs in retirement. Earlier this yr the previous England worldwide testified earlier than a  digital, tradition, media and sport choose committee and is he a part of Progressive Rugby, a gaggle campaigning to make the sport safer.

A clearly irate Bracken took to Twitter to vent after the collection of the England entrance rower, who was unconscious for between 20 and 60 seconds.

“Luke is unconscious for over 20 seconds. Presumably 40-60 secs. How can he play the next week? I’m completely disgusted that the powers that be permit this to occur. A stain on our nice recreation,” tweeted Bracken.

Progressive Rugby tweeted: “How on earth is Luke Cowan-Dickie on the Lions group sheet simply 5 days after this?

“Cowan-Dickie must endure stringent return to play protocols and won’t be able to progress to full coaching till he passes sequence of exams.”

“Ridiculous.”

The favored Rugby and the Legislation account tweeted: “Luke Cowan-Dickie on the bench this weekend for the Lions, after struggling a critical knock-out final weekend. In keeping with the protocols, that is wonderful. Do the protocols go far sufficient? Lots would say they don’t.”

The problem of head damage is one which World Rugby appear to be within the fixed throws of coping with. Simply this morning the governing physique issued a brand new protocol that may see gamers red-carded for harmful tackles despatched again to tackling faculty.

The brand new legislation is available in apply for the July Assessments and will see gamers shave one week off their ban in the event that they full a technical course on deal with safely.

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