'Concussion' ends Christie's season
SUPER RUGBY NEWS: Highlanders loose forward Shane Christie will play no further part in the 2017 Super Rugby season.
His specific condition is not currently diagnosed but he has been experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
His condition has been extensively managed by Highlanders medical staff, with support from New Zealand Rugby and includes independent assessment of his situation. In the interests of his health, it has been decided to rule him out of selection so he can focus on his recovery.
"It's unfortunate for the team and Shane that we won't see him in our colours this year but we fully support the medical decision not to play to assist his recovery," Highlanders head coach Tony Brown said.
Christie will remain with the team as part of the leadership group for the rest of the season.