England and Wasps star Nathan Hughes has been lauded for his actions following a heavy collision with Exeter Chiefs' player Sam Simmonds.
In the 24th minute of the Aviva Premiership game between the sides last weekend, Hughes took a quick-tap penalty and thundered into Simmonds.
It was clear that Hughes immediately recognised something was wrong, and instead of jumping up to return to play, he cradled his opponents head and got him safely into a recovery position.
The game continued with Hughes' Wasps team on the attack, but he made ref JP Doyle aware of the seriousness of what was going on and the game was stopped, as Hughes went down to console Simmonds.
The Chiefs’ rugby director Rob Baxter also made a point of thanking the big No.8 during his intra-match BT Sport interview.
"He's okay. The most important thing to say is to congratulate Nathan Hughes on his reaction," Baxter said.
"He knows Simmo's hurt and he kind of looks after him down there. Even if he had bounced up to potentially get back in the attack, he could have hurt someone. For me, it was an absolutely fantastic reaction."
After the game, the two players exchanged kind words on Twitter, with Simmonds tweeting: "Bit of tackle technique needed for me this week I think 👀🙄 thanks for all the messages of support & thanks to the big man."
After, Nathan Hughes replied by saying: "Relieved to hear it was nothing serious. Hope you return to top form soon bro."
You can watch the incident for yourself in the video below.
Of course, all fans know rugby is a contact sport where knocks, bumps, and injuries are but a tackle away.
With the risk shared equally for all 30 players on the field, it is good to know that everyone has everyone’s back, regardless of the colours they wear on their back.
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