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Cordner ruled out despite passing concussion protocol

Cordner missed six weeks after he copped a significant knock to the head in the Roosters’ round-eight loss to the Storm.

The notoriously tough 28-year-old grew frustrated with his prolonged absence but the Roosters treat concussions with more care than any other club in the competition.

Roosters players show their concern for Boyd Cordner after the skipper went down against the Knights.

Roosters players show their concern for Boyd Cordner after the skipper went down against the Knights.Credit:NRL Photos

Robinson has taken a similarly cautious approach to the repeated concussions Luke Keary has suffered since he joined the club and when Ryan Matterson was wearing red, white and blue he was sidelined for a prolonged period.

“It was a discussion between the doctor, myself and Boyd,” he said. “We knew what Boyd wanted to do but the doctor and myself spoke on Sunday and then spoke again on Wednesday and made that decision.

“We think it’s right and it’s been our protocol for a while now. We will continue to work towards that.”

Cordner left the decision to Robinson and the club’s medical staff, as he felt fit enough to play.

“He said I feel fine and I feel like I’m ready to go but it’s your decision to both doctor and myself,” Robinson said.

“He left it to us. We had to tell him what we thought from both our points of view and he accepted that.

“He will continue to train and get ready for next week.”

Robinson also made a point of responding to a Peter FitzSimons article in the Herald which made the case for Cordner to retire.

“I’ve been asked about that article and a couple of things I would say on that – I think Peter has done a very good job over the years about pushing his views on concussion and he’s pushed sport on that – and I think that’s been a very positive thing,” Robinson said.

“And then now – on multiple occasions – he has questioned our integrity as a club and our handling of that.

“Luke Keary – he questioned – when we gave him six weeks off at the beginning of the year and again, six weeks off, which is unprecedented.

“We have doctors, we have specialists that we use at this club and then we use personal discussions with their family members and I know our protocols are right.


“Somebody with a keyboard is not going to tell us what we’re going to do. We’re going to listen to professionals and do the right thing.

“That was really disappointing – for integrity and protocol to be questioned.

“I think pushing the insights into concussion and head injuries and what we should do is right and I think that’s a positive on what he’s done but to question the integrity of individuals is disappointing and unacceptable from our point of view.”

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