New Zealand forwards Luke Jacobson has been ruled from this World Cup in Japan.
Even the 22-year-old won his second All Blacks cover in past weekend’s 92-7 crushing of Tonga and travelled with the group to Japan, but developed symptoms after their very first training session.
Jacobson has been substituted with the Highlanders’ Shannon Frizell.
“After discussing this newest incident with Luke, as well as our medical team, the conclusion has been made to, sadly, withdraw him from the championship,” said New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen.
“All of us felt the best thing for him to do is to take a rest from rugby until he is symptom-free.
“Though it was a tough conversation to have, finally it was a really simple decision. Luke’s health is the most significant thing above anything else”
Jacobson was among the type players of New Zealand in Super Rugby but that he did not appear as a result of concussion symptoms once he made his debut.
The former New Zealand U20 captain, who told media last month that his symptoms were supporting him, said he had been”gutted” to be missing the World Cup.
“While I’m feeling 98 percent okay, I know I’m still not quite right,” said Jacobson. “By getting a break today, I will give myself the chance to continue my career in the future.”
Jacobson returned to rugby in March and battled with concussion.
He said in April he had headaches for”four or five months” past year.
Frizell was in the first 39-man squad selected by Hansen this year as he narrowed his picks and while he played in July against the Springboks , he was not included for two games against Australia.
The 25-year-old was acting at New Zealand’s provincial contest, emerging as blindside flanker No 8 and a lock.
Hansen added that Dalton Papalii and Vaea Fifita, who dropped out from World Cup contention earlier in the season, weren’t considered due to injury.
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