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The Tip Sheet – 2023 Ep 12: Game Changing Concussion Protocol Update

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It is almost game day as the Eels play their second Thursday night match of the young season and The Tip Sheet has plenty to cram into one episode as a result. Sixties and Forty20 have a jam-packed slate of news to get through starting with the departure of Nathan Brown and the re-signing of head coach Brad Arthur.

Beyond that though there is game altering news as the NRL introduces a new mandate that will enforce an 11-day recovery period on players diagnosed with a Category 1 Concussion. The boys look at the significant of the move, both short and long term, and why it was made as well as what issues could arise from the change.

Every team bar the Tarsha Gale are in action this week which means previews are a plenty. The Junior Representatives are making the trip to Brookvale this weekend and face a suprisingly out of sorts Manly in the Harold Matthews and the SG Ball. The Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup will be hunting for their first wins of the season against Sea Eagles while the NRL have the toughest assignment of the round as they tackle the ladder leading Silvertails.

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Thanks guys, good pod as usual. On BAs extension, it’s good news for the club. He’s done a good job, and memories can be very short, it’s not so long ago that we were a real cellar dweller club. Continuing to deliver a consistent roster that is playing in September is critical to the success of the club. That being said …. Mike Meehall-Wood wrote a great article analysing our over-reliance on our starting middles and the domino effect that is having on fatigue and defence. Hopefully there was a clause in the extension that said “As head coach thou… Read more »


Mick, I think the problem regarding the bench and certain players is the roster. Hopefully club recruitment can fill the three spots and give Brad options.


Good pod. Happy with BA re-signed. Doesnt mean i understand the bench rotation he uses… it might be the catalyst for Moses re-signing. And prevents distraction at end of year again. Concussion protocol had to happen. It will decide games and may even cost a GF.. but to much evidence now. Absolutely disgraceful- the NRLPA boycott of Multi cultural round media launch. How selfish. So many kids had gone there to celebrate the launch with the players. So selfish and just further alienates the players from the kids. Clint Newton wants his seat on the board and will hold the… Read more »


All good points Pete


Thanks for the mention Gentlemen. Whilst I did have my bet on Reg, the three legged multi was a leg too far.

I am at a bit of a loss now for first try scorer. Time to give Junior some love? Can lightning strike twice? Eels to bounce back against the odds tonight in a close game they will get the two points in.

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