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Uni-Norths lock Nick Jones still helping Owls after early retirement

4 August 2018 8:10 AM
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Rugby has made moves to protect player's heads across all levels of the games in recent years and Uni-Norths coach Tony Doherty said safety was paramount.

"Unfortunately it's an injury that has cost Nick his rugby career," Doherty said.

"It is a cruel game sometimes, especially when you're young, your career ending is always a bad thing but someone at Nick's age, in the prime of his career, is very unfortunate.

"It's become more understood the long-term consequences of concussion so that's why more players are ending their careers a lot earlier.

"The more information we get is going to help prevent long-term issues, it's about protecting people for longevity of life instead being there for a short period of time in sport."

Doherty said Jones had stayed upbeat and emphasised while the injury may have cut short his playing days, it cannot take his friendships.

"The big thing that he’s highlighted is the friendship that all the boys share, he's not playing on the field but he still has those friendships," Doherty said.

"Nick still runs the water for us and he's been helping identifying issues around the lineout and provides us knowledge there."

"This week it's more about the club holistically, not just doing it for any one player, it's about winning for the Owls family."

Uni-Norths must reverse a 47-5 thrashing at the hands of Gungahlin last week if they're took book their first preliminary final ticket in 17 years.

But Doherty is feeling confident and said they earned their finals spot thanks to a season-long effort and one loss won't take away from that.


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