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The problem is: Rugby is a rough game.

Acceptance of this is why Samipeni Finau is not being called out.

Many Rugby League immortals in Australia are suffering with early on-set dementia from receiving multiple head knocks from their playing days. This includes Mario Fenech, Ray Price, Wally Lewis

and many others. Wally Lewis said he still feels lucky to have played football despite diagnosis being not what he "was hoping to hear". All Blacks Ben Afeaki and Geoff Old have spoken out about the long-term effects of concussion injuries, urging young players to take concussion seriously...

"if they feel a little bit crook, after they've played a game or get a head knock be confident to tell their doctors". That is the advice, see your doctor!

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Apr 30·edited Apr 30Author

It is a rough game but Finau is targeting flyhalves just after they’ve thrown the ball. The evidence after several different flyhalves have been pummelled by him is clear. He is playing illegally and dangerously. He has to be taken off the field and he will be taken off the field. It just depends if NZ commentators are prepared to call him out and if rugby officialdom is prepared to act on how he will be taken off the field. The South Africans are already inviting him to try his luck against one of their teams.

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Apr 30Liked by Richard Seager

It is the fly halves who suffer more concussions than any other position.

Scrum-halves suffer more shoulder and knee injuries.

I guess there isn’t a sport that is injury free, but that doesn’t justify correcting pummelling.

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Apr 30Liked by Richard Seager

The question is: why are the NZ commentators and rugby officialdom hesitating to call him out. Does this type of playing draw in viewers and $$$.

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Yes I suspect that the order not to call him out has come from above for whatever reasons. He’ll become hated though if he keeps trying to do this. By everyone including most of his teammates.

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Apr 29Liked by Richard Seager

Agree with your remarks.

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Apr 29Liked by Richard Seager

For some unknown reason when I was reading this, it reminded me of the ice hockey player that died in England in November of last year. The guy lifted his skate and the blade cut the other guys throat. The usual suspects came out and said it was accidental, but from what I saw, it looked dangerous and somewhat deliberate.

I think any rough, and or, dangerous conduct in sports must be curtailed.

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Just looked and agree with you. I see that he is on manslaughter charges.

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Apr 29Liked by Richard Seager

He is indeed. I remember when it happened, opposition teams gave him a standing ovation. The MSM were all over it with their usual rhetoric. Virtue signalling sheep, it was disgusting to see.

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