Rugby Union player Nathan Hughes was suspended for three weeks following a collision with George North during a match on 27th March 2015. An appeal has seen this suspension overturned.
The Wasps Number 8 was issued with a red card and sent off when he kneed North in the head during the game. This led to a three week suspension imposed by the RFU Disciplinary panel which found that Nathan Hughes had been reckless.
Hughes appealed and adduced further evidence not available at the initial hearing. On the basis of the new evidence the appeal panel found no act of foul play had taken place in that the incident occurred accidentally. The red card issued at the time of the incident was rescinded.
The appeal panel was chaired by the Head of the Business crime and Regulation department at Slater and Gordon Lawyers.
Rugby is known to be a tough and heavy sport but it was the nature of this injury that may have clouded the judgement of the referee. George North was knocked unconscious from the collision and had to see a neurosurgeon to assess the impact to his brain. He was up and walking after the game and was deemed fit.
Recent reports from The England Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project have stated that rugby concussions in professional matches have tripled in the past three years. The figures show that the number of accidents and sports injuries has stayed the same but head injuries have increased.
The report also shows that over the 2013-14 season concussions made up 12.5% of reported rugby injuries, with 13% of all players included in the study having suffered one or more concussions during their careers. Ten players admitted to having two separate concussions within one season.
It’s not just professional rugby players that are at risk as figures show that there are over 100 former amateur players in the UK that were paralysed during the course of a game. Most serious injuries in rugby occur during scrums, not tackles as you might presume.
In general rugby is a relatively safe sport with numbers of injuries way below those of basketball, football, cycling and horse riding. In fact it’s not even in the top 10 most dangerous sports in the world.
No matter how safe or dangerous a sport is purported to be there is always the risk of injury. If you have sustained an injury whilst participating in any kind of sport, amateur or professional, our team of Personal Injury Lawyers at Slater and Gordon can help. Call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or alternatively contact us online and we will call you back.
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