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With the effect of concussions and head injuries has been a topical area for contact sports over the last few years, club rugby league legend Bill Watson (36) has come out today and cleared things up, stating that anyone who goes off the field with a head knock is “soft”.
“What do they call them now, “concussions?” Mate, staggering around with blurred vision and trying to tackle blokes is part and parcel of the greatest game on earth,” he said.
“Once I got knocked out cold for 2 or 3 minutes, but I didn’t go off. I got up and ripped in, because that’ what it takes to be a man,” says the young father of three who has forgotten school pick up twice last week.
His comments come after the NRL decided to crack down on blocks concussing each other by landing their shoulders and forearms flush on other blokes’ chins.
The new rules saw 3 players sent off and 14 players sin-binned over the course of the round in Brisbane.
Whilst it is now commonly known amongst doctors and non-players that concussion can have devastating long-term effects on the brain and it’s cognitive function, local man Watson says he just doesn’t buy it.
Although he admits he forgot his nephew’s name the other day, and often struggles to tie his shoelaces, he says wouldn’t change a thing.