August 17, 2022

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Concussions: England prop Joe Marler forgets he has kids

To the general public, he is a clownish character, both on and off the field. So when Joe Marler discusses more serious matters, he inevitably draws attention. The English international pillar (83 caps) admitted on Tuesday, “ the ostrich played” About the concussions he suffered during his career. The Harlequins left-hander admitted he forgot he had children following one of them.

The new evidence comes just days after former Wales captain Ryan Jones revealed he suffered from dementia praecox, which is linked to chronic traumatic encephalitis (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated blows. Chairman. “Hearing this and experiencing this ordeal is terrible for Ryan. The 32-year-old international told TalkSport. With all the concussion discoveries in rugby over the last few years it has been talked about a lot, so this struck a chord with me. To be honest, I’ve always been in the sand because it all scares me. »

“I remember a concussion a few seasons ago. I was unconscious, I only remember finding myself in a room and seeing the physio walk in. »

Marler recalls one shock in particular and its immediate aftermath: “I remember suffering a concussion a few seasons ago – I had a big hit trying to tackle Billy Vunipola. I was unconscious, I only remember finding myself in a room and seeing the physio come in. » The coach then asked the player if his wife and children were on the field. “I paused and broke down. I don’t remember having children, and that scared me a lot. »

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According to him, if these contacts with the head are normal in the practice of rugby, their effects on the health of the players should no longer be ignored: “I tend to hide in the sand so far, but it’s getting better, you’re learning more and more diagnoses are being made, so it’s very sad.” He estimated. Still, he admitted to playing despite the concussion, and last season, his wife, Daisy, gave him a sob: “She said to me: ‘Do you want to stay for the kids, don’t you? Do you want to stay for me, don’t you?'”

One hundred ex-professional players, including former All Blacks and Toulon pillar Carl Hayman, former England world champion hooker Steve Thompson in 2003 and Welshman Alix Popham, have taken legal action against World Rugby to seek compensation after being diagnosed with neurological disorders.