All blacks who lost striker Luke Jacobson were excluded from the Rugby World Cup due to a delay in the start of the concussion and will be replaced by Shannon Frizell. Jacobson, 22, played just 20 minutes off the bench against Argentina before being named to the team by the tournament.
He left the bench against Tonga on September 7 and suffered no problems until All Blacks arrived in Japan and he developed symptoms after the first training session.
“After discussing this last episode with Luke, as well as our medical staff, the decision was made to unfortunately remove him from the tournament,” said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. “We all feel that the best thing for him to do is to take a break from rugby until he is symptom free.
“Although it was a difficult conversation, it was a very simple decision after all. Luke’s health is the most important thing above anything else. ”
Reputable Jacobson had been one of New Zealand’s Super Rugby players, but after making his debut against Pumas, he did not reappear due to concussion symptoms. The former New Zealand Under-20 team captain, however, told the media last month that his symptoms were behind him.
He said on Friday he was “gutted” about losing the World Cup. “While I feel 98% fine, I know I’m not sure yet,” said Jacobson. “Taking a break now, I will give myself the opportunity to continue my career in the future.”
Jacobson fought the concussion in 2018 and only returned to rugby in March after eight months out of the game. He told reporters in April that he had a headache for “four or five months” last year.
Frizell was in the original 39-man squad selected by Hansen this year, restricting his tournament choices and while playing against Springboks in July, he was not included in two matches against Australia.
The 25-year-old played in the New Zealand provincial competition, appearing as a blocker, No. 8 and side flanker. Hansen added that Dalton Papalii and Vaea Fifita, who also dropped out of the World Cup match earlier this season, were not considered because of an injury.