URC left with an egg on its face in Lions vs Cardiff video

The United Rugby Championship has issued an unreserved apology to Cardiff defender Aled Summerhill after posting a video highlighting his concussion in a game against the Lions on social media.

Video shows Summerhill sustaining a concussion while attempting a tackle on Lions wing Edwill van der Merwe during the URC game between the Lions and Cardiff in Johannesburg.

It was originally posted on URC’s TikTok account, but also went viral on Twitter when Summerhill picked it up and slammed contest organizers for the post.

“I really didn’t think head injuries were a joke with everything in sport so here we go @URCOfficial,” Summerhill tweeted.

The post comes just over a week after Stormers lockdown David Meihuizen was forced to retire from rugby aged 24 due to repeated concussions.

URC chief Martin Anayi quickly responded to Summerhill saying the video should not have been released and that they would investigate why it was released.

“It should NEVER have gone up,” Anayi replied to Summerhill’s tweet. “We are now investigating with our social media agency – it has been taken down – we really take player safety very seriously.”

Meanwhile, via its social media channels, the URC issued a public apology to Summerhill.

“We would like to apologize unreservedly to Aled, his family and his club for this message. Injuries should not be taken lightly and our monitoring processes around the post were not good enough. The original post has been deleted and we will take immediate action to ensure this never happens again.

“We recognize that the content was not in line with our values. Apologies to Aled and we hope you recover quickly!

Charles P. Patton