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England Rugby League international suffers scary injury causing concern for his future

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England Rugby League international Victor Radley suffered a devasting blow in Sydney Roosters win earlier this morning that’s seen serious cause for concern over his future in the sport.

Radley is Australian-born but represents the England Rugby League team due to his father’s English heritage, making several appearances during the World Cup in 2022 and during the end-of-season series against Tonga last year.

Prior to his call up for the World Cup, he had actually been named in the preliminary squad for New South Wales in the 2022 State of Origin series but didn’t play. Internationals from other tier one nations, England and New Zealand, cannot play in Origin meaning that he is now unavailable for selection for the Blues.

Radley has had a mixed bag of a season for Sydney Roosters with the Chooks flying high in the league and boasting the club’s best attack in almost 90 years, however, he’s missed several games himself.

Some of those have been through suspension and others injury and he now looks set to be sidelined for an extended period once again after suffering a scary blow this morning.

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Fears for England Rugby League international after fifth failed HIA in three seasons

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Sydney Roosters beat St George Illawarra Dragons 42-12 with Victor Radley and his fellow England Rugby League international Dom Young both scoring tries in the huge win.

The win bumped the Roosters into third place but it’s come at a big cost with Radley now set to miss at least one, but likely several games, after failing a Head Injury Assessment.

Whilst attempting to make a try-saving tackle the 26-year-old there himself at Dragons winger Christian Tuipulotu with his head colliding with the winger’s shoulder. Radley appeared to lose consciousness immediately upon impact and then fell awkwardly before laying prone.

He then displayed one of the most worrying signs of a concussion with a fencing response, the forward’s arms seizing up and protruding outright from his body as opposed to flopping down by his side.

The failed HIA marks the fifth that he has suffered in the past three seasons which is an incredibly worrying statistic and has prompted fears that he could be forced to take an extended break from the game.

Concussions have led to the early retirement of many players, particularly if they’re repeated concussions, with former Leeds Rhinos star Stevie Ward being one of the recent notable examples. Since then Leeds Rhinos have taken extra precautions with concussions with Morgan Gannon having been sidelined for almost the whole season due to repetitive issues.

News of the concussion was reported by the established NRL Physio who posted footage that can be seen at the bottom of this article, but it prompted plenty of replies from fans who were concerned for the welfare of Radley and what these concussions could lead to.

One fan posted that they feared “what awaits him” whilst another suggested that the England Rugby League international “won’t be playing much longer”. Everyone at Serious About Rugby League wishes Victor the best in his recovery.

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