Nearly 200 concussed players take action against World Rugby

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Nearly 200 concussed players take action against World Rugby

A group of former rugby players including Steve Thompson (former XV de la Rose hooker and world champion), Ryan Jones (former captain of the Welsh selection) and Carl Hayman (former All Blacks) have decided to start a procedure legal proceedings against World Rugby, and the English and Welsh federations.

180 players are concerned by this initiative, all victims of serious health problems. Some suffer from epilepsy, Parkinson’s, or serious neurological problems. Represented by a law firm (Ryland), the players believe that the institutions have not sufficiently protected them from the dangers of concussions. Jones (41), for example, has just revealed that he was suffering from fits of dementia.

Asked, Ryland explained that it was the largest action of this type, outside the United States where very many American football players had gathered to obtain the condemnation of the NFL which had to pay more than 800 million dollars to the many victims. “But we’re not just asking for moneyexplained the law firm. It is also about making the sport a safer sport, and showing that players who suffer from brain injuries should get the care they need. »

This firm also manages the file opened by Irish players. As a reminder, last month World Rugby extended to 12 days the period during which players who have suffered a concussion cannot play rugby.

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