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Rugby concussion law a must in wake of tragedy

IRISHMAN Peter Robinson has called for a “Ben’s Law” to be established, forcing rugby teachers and coaches to be trained in treating concussion after a coroner made the historic ruling that his son died from head injuries suffered in a schools game.

The inquest into the death of the 14-year-old was concluded in an emotionally-charged Belfast courtroom yesterday and Coroner Suzanne Anderson ruled that Ben had died from brain injuries caused by “second impact syndrome”. The court watched video footage of the game between Carrickfergus Grammar School and Dalriada in January 2011, which showed Ben left dazed and groggy after a tackle. The coroner stated: “I am satisfied that he sustained concussion in the first four minutes of the second half. Unfortunately, neither the team coach nor the referee were made aware of his neurological complaints and he continued to play.”

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