New Zealand captain Sam Cane opens up on concussion concerns

Sam Cane recently was named the All Blacks Player of the Year
Sam Cane recently was named the All Blacks Player of the Year

All Blacks captain Sam Cane expressed confidence on rugby officials in New Zealand to limit the risk of head injuries keeping player welfares in mind.

A number of former players have launched a legal action on World Rugby, Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union over alleged failures to protect players from the risks of concussion.

Cane himself has been a victim of head injuries with the recent one coming at the end of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition accepted that there is always risk of a serious injury.

“Because of some of the knocks I’ve had it always worries you,” Cane said in comments published by Radio New Zealand on Friday.

“There’s always the potential for that (concussion) and it could be just around the corner, it’s just one of the risks we accept playing this game.”

However, the 28-year-old said there has been a lot of awareness created in the current era to combat head injuries.

“I can speak truly when I say I’ve never felt pressure to play through a head knock,” added Cane.

“I think we’re particularly well looked after here in New Zealand and even hearing stories from guys in other parts of the world it would seem that New Zealand is leading the way in player welfare, even just with the resting of players.”

Cane was recently named the All Blacks Player of the Year after guiding New Zealand to title wins in the Bledisloe Cup series and also the tri-nations Rugby Championship.