All Black Luke Jacobson is to miss the Rugby World Cup in Japan, after suffering a delayed onset of concussion, it was announced today.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said the 22-year-old had not presented with any signs of concussion after the Test against Tonga last week but developed symptoms after the first training session this week.
🗞️ NEWS | All Blacks loose forward Luke Jacobson has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, after suffering a delayed onset of concussion. We wish you well in your recovery Luke and can’t wait to see you back in 2020!— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) September 13, 2019
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“After discussing this latest episode with Luke, as well as our medical team, the decision has been made to, sadly, withdraw him from the Tournament.
“We all felt that the best thing for him to do is to take a break from rugby until he is symptom-free and ready to return to rugby.
“While it was a tough conversation to have, ultimately it was a very simple decision. We have a duty of care to look after our players and Luke’s health is the most important thing above anything else.”
Luke Jacobson added: “I’m gutted to be missing the Rugby World Cup. However, I completely understand that this decision has been made with my health and best interests at heart. Whilst I’m feeling 98 percent okay, I know I’m still not quite right and by taking a break now, I’ll give myself the opportunity to continue my career in the future. I wish the team all the very best and will be with them all the way.”
Tasman loose forward Shannon Frizell has been called in and will arrive in Japan on Saturday.