The NRL’s findings were handed down at the same time team lists were released for next Wednesday’s decider at Suncorp Stadium, with Cameron Munster, who was concussed in Sydney, listed to start in the No. 6. The only changes for the Blues are on the extended bench.
“In our view Boyd should not have been allowed to return to the field,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said.
“Our Chief Medical Officer [Paul Bloomfield] spoke directly with both NSW and Queensland medical staff prior to Wednesday night’s game and reminded them of our high expectations in this area.”
Under the NRL’s operations manual, players who exhibit symptoms, such as motor incoordination, must be classified as a ‘category-one’ injury and not be permitted to return to the field, regardless of the outcome of the SCAT assessment.
The NRL said in a statement they had taken into account the subjective nature in classifying some symptoms, while also acknowledging the professionalism of all medical staff involved in the game.
Cordner, who has suffered four concussions this year, decided to leave Blues camp last Friday after speaking with NSW coach Brad Fittler, respected doctor Nathan Gibbs and Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson.
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