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Broadhurst won't hurry Hurricanes return

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/12/2016

Lock James Broadhurst will remain a member of the Hurricanes squad for 2017, but will continue his rehabilitation from concussion on his own terms.

Broadhurst, who has been out of the game since suffering dual head knocks while playing for Taranaki in August last year, has not placed a deadline on his return to training.

"It has been difficult being unable to play the game I love for the past 15 months, but dealing with concussion is not something you can rush and in the end my long term health is the primary focus."

Broadhurst, 28, said he would continue a graduated return to exercise away from the team environment.

"Although I have made progress over the past year I do still experience headaches when my heart rate is elevated."

On medical advice, he wouldn't consider a return to full training until he was completely symptom-free for the required period of time.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said Broadhurst had the full support of the coaching, management and playing group.

"We all understand what James is going through and will continue to support him," he said.

"Concussion is a serious issue and the important thing is our players know they have the full support of the club.

"We believe New Zealand Rugby has robust return-to-play protocols in place to deal with concussion and we will continue to be guided by those processes."

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