Lions confirm Jared Payne's tour is over due to migraines

The Ireland and Ulster centre went through a frustrating tour, but Lions medics say his migraine is not concussion related.

Murray Kinsella reports from Queenstown

THE LIONS HAVE confirmed that Jared Payne’s tour is over due to ongoing migraines.

The Ireland centre remained in Wellington when the rest of the squad travelled to Queenstown on Sunday as he awaited the results of specialist tests, but the Lions have now announced that Payne will not re-join them.

Jared Payne celebrates winning with his son Jake Payne with his son, Jake. Source: Photosport/Bruce Lim/INPHO

“While the findings of Jared’s tests have been normal he still has migraine and will not be fit to train until his symptoms have settled,” said Lions head coach Warren Gatland.

“The specialists are happy that the symptoms are not concussion related and he is expected to recover fully. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

It marks the end to a frustrating tour for Payne, who had a calf issue at the start of the tour and never got to show his true class.

The Ulsterman did start warm-up games at outside centre and fullback, but he was withdrawn from last week’s clash with the Hurricanes in Wellington after reporting with a headache before the game.

With the issue having failed to clear, the Lions have now moved on without Payne.

Originally published: Wednesday, 1am

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