Sam Cane is still working his way through recovery from concussion. The Reporoa man is nearing full fitness but the Chiefs match against the Stormers this weekend comes one week too soon.

The last time Sam encountered concussion was a controversial affair. The Irish media were quite unhappy after the last Ireland versus All Black test. They felt that Cane should have been sent off the field following a collision with their prize centre and British & Irish Lion candidate Robbie Henshaw.

Instead, Henshaw departed with concussion. The impact tackle was deemed purely accidental and Cane received neither a card or suspension. Henshaw pivoted into the oncoming Cane and the slow motion replays made for uncomfortable viewing.

Despite the call for action by the Irish media, Sam Cane showed what a true gent he is. Not only did he reach out to Henshaw after the match, but he kept an eye on his recovery. Cane said:

I managed to get his phone number the next day and flick him a text.

I did keep an eye to see how long he was out for so it’s good to see him back playing.

Great stuff Sam, hard as nails on the field and a true gent off it. Sam ia a great role model for any young sportsperson out there. It’s great to hear of professional players looking out for their opponents welfare in the modern game. Well done to all those coaches in Reporoa as Sam was climbing the grades. These coaches have passed old school values down to one of our leading All Blacks.


Author: Gareth Dinneen

Gareth is from Limerick, Ireland and has been obsessed with the All Blacks and NZ culture since 1989. He first arrived in NZ in 2001 to tutor in New Media and has since worked with Weta Digital on movies like Avatar, King Kong, The Avengers and most recently Valerian. Gareth grew up listening to his father Len on sports radio. Len is known as ‘The Voice of Rugby’ in Munster, Ireland. The 1014 brings Gareth right back to his sports media roots.


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