At a press conference on Tuesday night, All Blacks assistant coach John Plumtree hinted that Bewden Barrett (30) is too uncertain for the game against the Blues on Saturday night. “At this point it is not fully exercised, explained. He ran a bit and didn’t complete his protocol yet (after concussion) ». Saturday, in Dublin (29-20 defeat against Ireland), the First Blacks left the field prematurely (22) after a head trauma. “Uncertain” , The coach admitted.
New Zealand players rest on Wednesday. It remains to be seen if Barrett, 30, will be able to line up on Thursday in final sharpening training. The management of All Black and the NZRU, the New Zealand Federation, wish to exercise extreme caution regarding the highly sensitive topic of concussion.
A few days ago, right-hand man Karl Heymann (42 years old, 45 picks between 2001 and 2007) showed he had bouts of dementia. Ken Barrett, the older brother of Boden who played for the Auckland Blues, had to end his rugby career due to a concussion. Finally, the former All Blacks captain Kieran Read (age 36, 127 picks between 2008 and 2019) detailed the vision and balance disturbances he also experienced after repeated traumas.
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