NRL hands out $384,000 in concussion fines

Josh Dugan appears to cop a head knock in Sunday's win over Cronulla. He is later allowed to play on.
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Josh Dugan appears to cop a head knock in Sunday's win over Cronulla. He is later allowed to play on.

The NRL has handed staggering fines to St George Illawarra, Gold Coast Titans and Newcastle for breaching the game's concussion protocols over the weekend.

In by far the heaviest concussion-related penalties ever dished out to NRL clubs, the Titans have been fined $A150,000 ($NZ164,000) for incidents relating Kane Elgey, Joe Greenwood and Ryan Simpkins against Parramatta, the Dragons have been hit with a $A100,000 fine for not removing Josh Dugan from the field at Cronulla on Sunday night and the Knights were given a $A100,000 sanction for not taking Brendan Elliot off for a head injury assessment against South Sydney on Saturday.

The fines totalled more than $NZ384,000.

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"These are, by far, the heaviest fines ever proposed by the game for concussion breaches," Greenberg said. "That is how seriously we take it.

"The clubs involved have the opportunity to respond to the Breach Notices, and we will consider those responses, but our message is clear … we are not going to allow player safety to be put at risk through breaches of the concussion rules."

The three clubs have been given five days to respond.

"In the majority of cases we see strong compliance with the League's concussion rules but it appears that this did not happen at the weekend in some matches and we cannot stand by and allow player safety to be put at risk," Greenberg said.

"Where we believe the rules have been breached we will take action – and we would hope that these Breach Notices will serve as a warning to all clubs."

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 - Sydney Morning Herald

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