Coach Trent Robinson says the NRL’s new concussion rules strike the right balance between managing player health and trusting clubs to look after their charges.
Robinson welcomes DIY management of serious concussions
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says clubs can’t expect the NRL to regulate lay-offs for players with extensive concussion history after the league introduced its 11-day stand-down policy.
On Wednesday, the NRL made the most significant changes to its concussion blueprint in almost a decade, announcing players would be automatically sidelined for 11 days if they suffered head knocks.
The change comes after Newcastle five-eighth Kalyn Ponga suffered his fourth concussion in 10 months during round two, sparking fears about his immediate future in the game.
But the new rules do not provide special guidelines for players with extensive concussion history like Ponga, who is expected to require longer than 11 days to return to play.