State of Origin: NSWRL warned over Boyd Cordner concussion call

  • Report finds Blues captain should not have returned
  • Cordner later ruled himself out of remainder of series
Boyd Cordner
NSW captain Boyd Cordner left the field for an HIA during State of Origin game one but was cleared to return. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
NSW captain Boyd Cordner left the field for an HIA during State of Origin game one but was cleared to return. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Australian Associated Press

Last modified on Fri 13 Nov 2020 01.07 EST

NSWRL have been issued a warning by the NRL after an investigation into an HIA on Boyd Cordner found the Blues captain should not have cleared concussion protocols.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon the NRL said the 28-year-old should not have been allowed to return to the field in the State of Origin opener after copping a head knock.

The NRL determined that since Cordner showed signs of motor incoordination, it was classified as a ‘category one injury’ and he should have been immediately ruled out, regardless of the SCAT assessment.

“In our view Boyd should not have been allowed to return to the field,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said. “Our chief medical officer spoke directly with both NSW and Queensland medical staff prior to Wednesday night’s game and reminded them of our high expectations in this area.”

Cordner ruled himself out of the remainder of the series two days after the game. In a statement released with the NSWRL, Cordner said his withdrawal is precautionary and he felt well despite growing concerns about his history with concussion.

Concern for him has grown in recent months after he admitted to suffering ongoing concussion symptoms, with some calling for the inspirational forward to retire.

This season alone he suffered three rounds of concussion and was sidelined by the Roosters for six weeks as he dealt with persistent headaches. It was a cautious approach by the club who also managed Luke Keary in a similar manner in 2019.