Rugby concussion trials set for Six Nations

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THE Six Nations has joined a growing global consensus over best practice in dealing with concussion, confirming that the International Rugby Board protocol will be followed this year.

The Six Nations move follows the adoption of the five-minute PSCA (Pitchside Suspected Concussion Agreement) by the RaboDirect Pro12.

The Six Nations move follows the adoption of the five-minute PSCA  by the Pro12. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The Six Nations move follows the adoption of the five-minute PSCA by the Pro12. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The move towards better detection and treatment of concussion follows months of campaigning since former Scotland international Rory Lawson outlined his concerns in The Scotsman.

The weekend decision allows for the PSCA to be introduced for a trial period to be used in the treatment of head injuries to players. It has been used as a type of triage tool in other jurisdictions around the world since the IRB first introduced it as a trial during the 2012 under-20 World Cup in South Africa.

One hurdle for the Six Nations Council was thought to be Scottish Rugby’s stance on the issue.

National team doctor Dr James Robson has spoken about concerns in the past but there have been tweaks made to the PSCA during this season.