World Rugby and two of the game’s nationwide governing our bodies acquired discover that proceedings are being introduced towards them by a gaggle of former gamers making ready claims for negligence over mind accidents suffered throughout their careers.
The three organizations — World Rugby, England’s Rugby Soccer Union and the Welsh Rugby Union — mentioned on Thursday they are going to take time to think about the contents of a letter of declare despatched by solicitors representing 9 retired gamers who’re affected by concussion-related well being issues.
“We have now been deeply saddened to listen to the courageous private accounts from former gamers,” learn a joint assertion from the three our bodies. “We are going to proceed to make use of medical proof and analysis to maintain evolving our method.”
They mentioned it might be “inappropriate” to touch upon the specifics of the letter of declare.
Steve Thompson, who was one among England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winners, in addition to former England flanker Michael Lipman and former Wales flanker Alix Popham have been within the preliminary group making ready lawsuits by means of the Rylands Sports activities Legislation agency.
Since then, former Wales Below-20 centre Adam Hughes, who’s now 30 and whose profession was ended by a mind harm in 2018, and 44-year-old Neil Spence, an ex-England Below-20 back-rower, have revealed additionally they are a part of authorized motion.
Rylands Sports activities Legislation alleges the dangers of concussions and sub-concussive accidents have been “recognized and foreseeable” and listed 24 failures on the a part of World Rugby, the RFU and WRU.