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Rugby death is first of its kind in Northern Ireland

The coroner at the hearing in Belfast said it was also “probably” the first such case in the UK. Ben Robinson, from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, died after suffering concussion during a school rugby match.

The syndrome happens when a blow causes swelling to the brain before it has recovered fully from an earlier injury.  The schoolboy was in several heavy tackles before collapsing near the end of the game in January 2011.

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