August 16, 2022

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Former English and Welsh players leave World Rugby and their confederations

Via SudOuest.fr with AFP

Ex-UK internationals with nerve damage, including hooker Steve Thompson and third row Ryan Jones, are set to file lawsuits against World Rugby and the England and Welsh FAs.

According to the Press Association (PA), Rylands Law, acting on behalf of a group of players including 2003 World Cup winner Steve Thompson and former Wales captain Ryan Jones, will take legal action against rugby’s (15s and 7s) international governing body. and related confederations.

The PA notes that the process will begin on Monday as the parties (players and confederations) have so far failed to agree on regulations to protect players against the risk of concussions.

Former Wales captain and third row Ryan Jones revealed in an interview with The Sunday Times last week that he has been suffering from dementia since he was 41 years old.

And Steve Thompson, who suffers from a severe neurological disorder, said last September that he had been fighting for years to “make rugby safer”.

In December 2020, this group of former players announced their intention to seek compensation from World Rugby and the English and Welsh federations.

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