Dragons respond to unprecedented concussion fine

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg issued $350,000 worth of fines on Monday.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg issued $350,000 worth of fines on Monday.

ST GEORGE Illawarra have given a brief response to the $100,000 fine issued by the NRL for their alleged failure to comply with concussion guidelines on Monday.

The fine relates to an incident in the Dragon’s 16-10 win over Cronulla on Sunday in which fullback Josh Dugan was felled by an accidental elbow from teammate Russell Packer. He was left prone on the ground but not taken from the field for assessment, playing out the remaining 71 minutes.

In a statement released late Monday, the club said it was yet to formally receive the breach notice but stated that the club has:  “the upmost respect for player safety and fully support the NRL’s rules and processes in relation to concussion, as our track record would support.

“Equally, the Dragons support the integrity of our medical staff in their decisions and delivery of the NRL's procedures and policies. The club will await the formal breach notice details and will make no further comment until this process is complete.”

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