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Concussed Parling set for a long spell out.

TEESSIDE-BORN rugby union international Geoff Parling has been ruled out of England's autumn series and looks set to be sidelined until December with concussion. The former Stockton star saw a specialist this week after being concussed for the second time in three games during Leicester Tigers' 45-0 drubbing at Bath 10 days ago. While the British and Irish Lions second row is facing a spell on the sidelines, his club yesterday dispelled concerns over his long-term playing career. Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Geoff saw the relevant specialist this week and will have time out of the game now. "He'll probably have three or four weeks of complete down-time and then he'll be reintegrated into training. Concussed Parling set for a long spell out RUGBY UNION "You'd like to think that by December he'll be playing again. And there's no doubt about that, he will play again. "It's more that he's had successive concussions in a short period of time.

You have to take that very seriously, as we do. "I need him out on the playing field from a rugby point of view, but it's not a bump, bruise or strain that you can play through. Ultimately there are more important things than playing rugby and you have to look at the bigger picture. "We've all got injuries from playing rugby, whether it's a worn out back or knackered something. You can deal with that, but you can't deal with head injuries. "If you take a bang on your head and you don't feel quite right, you know in yourself you have to deal with something because it's serious." Parling will miss England's clashes with New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia at Twickenham. The lock will hope to return in time for selection in England's 2015 Six Nations squad.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 1, 2014
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