Steve Thompson not very well at all

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sunshiner1
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Re: Steve Thompson not very well at all

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I was thinking of Ryan Jones recently and remembered this:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/ ... lions-tour

I remember my dad commenting on it saying what was the WRU thinking sending a clearly obvious injured player down to the Lions. They seem to care more for the prestige than Jones.

He was more right than he knew. I remember the McGeechan been furious as well at this happening. If this was a small example of the 'care' Jones was getting then it's no surprise he has these problems now.
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Re: Steve Thompson not very well at all

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sunshiner1 wrote: August 3rd, 2022, 5:59 am I was thinking of Ryan Jones recently and remembered this:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/ ... lions-tour

I remember my dad commenting on it saying what was the WRU thinking sending a clearly obvious injured player down to the Lions. They seem to care more for the prestige than Jones.

He was more right than he knew. I remember the McGeechan been furious as well at this happening. If this was a small example of the 'care' Jones was getting then it's no surprise he has these problems now.
Well remembered Sunshiner. Now that you have brought it up, the circumstances come back quite clearly.

This is unrelated to Ryan Jones, but it's an incident I've remembered for almost 20 years. There was a head clash between Wasp team-mates Lawrence Dallaglio and Paul Volley [referred to here: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2004/ ... cup2003042 and here https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/rug ... 42695.html ] in a Heineken Cup game in 2004. I haven't looked for a recording of it very hard, because it was brutal.

It was as violent a head clash as I have ever seen, and maybe the most sickening collision. Anybody who watched that match will remember it. It looked like both players were knocked out cold, and the game stopped for a good few minutes ... but both players ended up playing on.

I was watching it in the club, surrounded by current and former rugby players of all ages, and the whole room was shocked that their coach [Gatland] ensured that both players remained on the pitch. This was a whole room of people who had played rugby for a significant proportion of their lives, some of them at a very high level, and people were pretty matter-of-fact about injuries sustained on the pitch.

While you don't conduct a survey in those situation, I would be satisfied that pretty much every person in the room thought that it was flat-out wrong that both players weren't taken off. People couldn't actually believe that Volley [in particular] was still on the pitch – they were shouting at the television. And this was people with no stake in the game, just neutral rugby fans.

At that stage of the game, I reckon amateur players were getting better taken care of than pros. If two guys had knocked themselves out in a head-on-head collision down in Lakelands, there's no way that either of them would have played on. They'd almost certainly have been overseen by the doc and either driven to hospital by him or have an ambulance called for them.
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Re: Steve Thompson not very well at all

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That Sunday Times article - I'm absolutely shocked by that. Trying to reserve judgement til more is known, but if it's even partially true....jesus f%~king christ.
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