The 2003 World Cup closing between England and Australia had gone into the final minute of additional time, with scores tied. Steve Thompson, the England hooker, threw the ball in from a line out and, as England superior, the ball ended with Jonny Wilkinson, whose drop aim dramatically gained the match for England. It’s some of the memorable moments in latest rugby historical past, however Thompson, now retired aged 42, doesn’t keep in mind it.
The Guardian’s Andy Bull tells Rachel Humphreys about his investigation into rugby and dementia, throughout which he spoke to Thompson, considered one of a number of former gamers launching authorized motion in opposition to rugby union’s governing our bodies. They declare that previous failures to correctly handle the protection of gamers who commonly obtained blows to the top has left a few of them with debilitating circumstances similar to dementia and persistent traumatic encephalopathy.
If the gamers are profitable in these take a look at circumstances, the results for the game could possibly be transformational. And rugby shouldn’t be alone: boxing, NFL and soccer are all reckoning with former stars who consider their careers within the sport have left them with lifelong medical circumstances.
A spokesperson for World Rugby stated: “Whereas it will be inappropriate to touch upon attainable authorized proceedings, everybody in World Rugby has utmost respect for the wellbeing of all our gamers, together with former gamers.”
“Participant welfare is our high precedence and, together with our unions, we’re unwavering in our dedication to evidence-based harm prevention methods, specifically within the precedence space of concussion schooling, administration and prevention, and our method relies on the most recent accessible analysis, proof and information.”
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