Williams took a blow to the head when making a tackle early in the All Blacks’ 54-34 win over the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.The 32-year-old appeared to be struggling after sustaining another couple of big impacts, but did not undergo the HIA protocols.SANZAAR reviewed the incident and concluded that there had been no “deliberate failure” on the part of the world champions in the way they handled the situation.The Rugby Championship organisers, however, deemed that Williams should have been removed from the field, as footage showed he was suffering from ataxia.Andy Marinos, SANZAAR’s chief executive officer, stated: “This is an unfortunate set of circumstances given the acute focus and attention we are all applying to player safety and in particular the HIA protocols.”NZ Rugby has been proactive in its management of Sonny Bill Williams and we have full confidence in its processes to manage his return to play – as NZR has illustrated with other players such as Dane Coles and Ben Smith this year already. Photo Getty Images. Caption: New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams “Additionally, New Zealand Rugby has confirmed that Sonny Bill Williams is being managed in line with World Rugby HIA protocols, including HIA 3 and computer neuro-cognitive assessment, and will progress to a graduated return to play if asymptomatic.” “As a consequence, and even though there was no deliberate failure apparent, SANZAAR has taken the opportunity to strongly reinforce World Rugby HIA protocols including video analysis during the game, to all teams, match day medical staff and match officials participating in The Rugby Championship.
Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…John Terry has hinted he may stay at Chelsea, by cancelling plans to hold a farewell party on the Stamford Bridge pitch. The club have offered the centre-back a new one-year extension but the captain is yet to accept the deal. (Daily Mail) Manchester United have tabled a formal contract offer to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Red Devils have offered the 34-year-old Swede a one-year deal, with the option of an extra season. (RMC)United managerial target Jose Mourinho is in talks with Paris Saint-Germain and could move to the French champions unless the Premier League club act quickly. (Daily Mail)Bournemouth have rejected a £25million double bid from West Ham for Cherries star duo Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie. (Sky Sports)The Hammers will also make a move for Newcastle duo Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum after the Magpies were relegated. (Daily Star) Man United goalkeeper David de Gea could look to leave Old Trafford if Louis van Gaal stays as manager. (Daily Telegraph)United scouts have been in Portugal to watch Sporting Lisbon duo William Carvalho and Joao Mario (Daily Mirror), but the Red Devils are set to miss out on another target, Andre Gomes, with the 22-year-old Portugal midfielder reportedly ready to leave Valencia for Juventus. (The Sun)Leicester striker target Gianluca Lapadula, 26, says he is ready to form an “explosive” partnership with Jamie Vardy and would love to work under “legendary” Claudio Ranieri. (The Sun)Arsenal are considering a £10million swoop for 18-year-old Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney. (Daily Record)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??Quique Sanchez Flores exit as Watford manager is ‘crazy’, says club captain Troy DeeneyManchester United transfer report – Red Devils plotting summer swoop for Sporting Lisbon starlet Joao MarioSwansea transfer news: Eder’s agent reveals £5m flop in line for permanent Lille moveNapoli move to tie down record-breaking striker Gonzalo Higuain as Arsenal and Chelsea plot summer movesAtletico Madrid and Liverpool both chasing £10m Monaco starlet Thomas LemarArsenal and Manchester United face losing out to Juventus in chase for ‘new Neymar’Arsenal target Granit Xhaka: Decision over future will ‘definitely be made before Euro 2016’Liverpool ready to spend £8m on Mainz goalkeeper Loris KariusLuciano Spalletti claims Liverpool and Chelsea target Miralem Pjanic ‘wants to STAY’ at Roma 1