Former Rugby Players File Concussion Lawsuit Against Sports Governing Bodies

A lawsuit has been filed by former rugby union, rugby league and football players affected by neurological impairments against sports governing bodies, World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

London-based sports law firm Rylands Garth which represents the players stated that repetitive concussive and sub-concussive blows to the head lead to serious health complications such as post-concussion syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, chronic depression, drug addiction, etc. This necessitated adopting adequate protective measures to protect the players from neurological impairments and ensure their safety. However, the sports governing bodies have failed to come up with such measures and have been negligent in addressing the permanent neurological impairments caused by repetitive blows to the head.