The Oyonnax club, promoted this season to the Top 14, announced this Tuesday that its New Zealand winger Tony Ensor is forced to end his career at the age of 32. He suffered a concussion against Stade Français Paris (his former club) at the end of August, and he has not returned to the Top 14 since. “Tony will remain supportive of the group, safe and off the pitch. Even though he can no longer play, we still consider him an integral member of the group,” manager Joe El Abd said in a statement.
Trained in Otago and played by the Higlanders in Super Rugby, he arrived in Paris in 2017, before joining Haut-Bugey two seasons later. During five years with the Oyomen, he played 63 matches and scored 11 tries, with a title of French Pro D2 champion in 2023.
Oyonnax indicates in its press release that “this announcement should serve as a reminder of the club’s commitment to the prevention and monitoring of concussions in rugby. For example, the referring doctor Olivier Rajon was trained on the nutritional monitoring of players – to support the group as much as possible – because it has been shown that dietary supplements can promote recovery after a concussion.
And added: “In addition, players will now benefit from a cooling helmet, making it possible to limit the consequences of the trauma linked to concussion, once a concussion is diagnosed.”