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‘Early signs positive’ for Beauden Barrett after latest head knock

by Giga
Blues coach Leon MacDonald has allayed fears of another serious concussion for Beauden Barrett.

Blues coach Leon MacDonald has allayed fears of another serious concussion for Beauden Barrett.

After being barreled by hard-charging Highlanders centre Fetuli Paea, the All Blacks first-five needed a few minutes to regather himself off the mat before exiting the game.

The scene would have filled both national and Blues selectors with dread, given the thrice World Rugby player of the year’s recent history with head difficulties.

Barrett took a head knock against Ireland in November, which he later said made him worried about his career.

While he will miss the next two games owing to a 10-day rest period for head injuries, MacDonald says Barrett hasn’t showed any signs of concussion thus far.

“The early signs are positive for him,” says MacDonald. “Other than a mangled up face, he has come out pretty well. 

“He’s got a sore neck and he’s not too happy about that. But he’s looking pretty good at the moment, which is promising.”

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Beauden Barrett has avoided a serious concussion. Photo / Getty

Barrett has a capable replacement in Stephen Perofeta, who will slide into the No. 10 jersey against Moana Pasifika in the rescheduled match on Tuesday, as well as their rematch four days later at Eden Park.

MacDonald stresses the importance of playing it safe with his linchpin back’s return, a process they’ve been navigating since the pre-season.

“We were extra cautious in the way we brought Beaudy back,” he says.

“We didn’t push him in early, we gave him extra time to make sure he was really comfortable, that it was completely gone and he felt good.

“Even this injury now, it’s not a major one, I don’t think. He doesn’t have any concussion symptoms as such. We’ll just keep doing what we are doing. 

“Ultimately, we want them playing a long career and not just next week, so you’ve got to look at the big picture.”

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