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Dane Coles' case now compounded by concussion

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Speaking after the Hurricanes team announcement on Wednesday head coach Chris Boyd said Coles sustained a knee injury against the Highlanders and didn't do anything for two weeks while his knee injury recovered.

Then when returning to train he not only developed a calf strain but also some headaches and as a result he was now under a return-to-play protocol for concussion.

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"The source of that is completely unknown by us so that has made it a little bit more complex. We genuinely don't know where he got those symptoms from but those symptoms were not apparent to us post his return to train from his knee injury," he said.

Coles said they had looked at the Highlanders match and could detect no obvious incident where a concussion may have occurred. They also were hindered by concussion symptoms related to exercising after a game had not been obvious due to Coles' two-week break from training.

Boyd said the headaches were preventing Coles from loading his calf and he wouldn't be able to start on that until the headaches eased.

There was a further issue because the time out of the game caused some de-conditioning and there was a lag of around two weeks for players to get back to full condition.

Meanwhile, Boyd said the Hurricanes would not be dismissing the Stormers as cheaply as many others were after the 50 points posted against them by the Crusaders and Highlanders.
"The Stormers are probably one of the proudest provinces in South Africa and they'll be hurting at those results. You guys [the media] will be writing them off but we certainly won't be. It's a genuine challenge for us and we're preparing to go to battle," he said.

That was reflected in their choosing close to the best available side for the game.

"They've got some really good players and we expect the Stormers will finish top of their pool," he said.

Loose forward Ardie Savea, who has been named at No.8 due to injury issues in the side, said he didn't mind playing openside flanker or No.8, being on the field was his main concern.

Playing at No.8 involved him in more lineout jumping and controlling ball at the back of the scrum but in general play it was pretty much the same, he said, although he did get more opportunities to carry the ball at No.8.

Against the Stormers the Hurricanes would be concentrating on their defence and nailing that down for periods of the game.

"We know the Stormers have got some big guys and we know if they get momentum going forward it is going to be a tough day for us," he said.