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England hooker (42) can’t remember wife’s name or winning 2003 World Cup

9 December 2020 11:14 AM
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Rugby
Dementia
Adam Gilchrist
brain damage
Refilwe Moloto
professional rugby
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
chronic traumatic encephalopathy
CTE
Steve Thompson

More and more pro rugby players are being diagnosed with dementia. Can the game survive, asks Adam Gilchrist.

Eighty-eight former British professional rugby players are suing unions over head injuries they claim have resulted in brain damage.

The players - who suffer symptoms such as from memory loss, depression and migraines - are seeking compensation.

Researchers have over the past decade established a link between repeated trauma to the head and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – an incurable brain disease that often leads to dementia.

Refilwe Moloto interviewed UK correspondent Adam Gilchrist.

An elated Pieter-Steph du Toit (C) peers deep into Siya Kolisi's (R) eyes after scoring a try. Eben Etzebeth (L) completes the group hug. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

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Gilchrist specifically discussed the cases of eight players – all diagnosed with dementia – who are suing their unions.

One of the eight is former England hooker and World Cup winner (2003) Steve Thompson (42) who says he often forgets his wife’s name and can’t remember winning the tournament or even playing in a single game.

I don’t suppose this is surprising… they’re planning to sue for negligence. All eight players have been diagnosed with early-onset dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy – brain damage, in other words…

Adam Gilchrist - UK correspondent

Lawyers are looking at the cases of 80 other ex-players as well.

Adam Gilchrist - UK correspondent

Former England hooker and World Cup winner Steve Thompson… can’t even remember any of the World Cup matches he took part in…

Adam Gilchrist - UK correspondent

Rugby is a glorious, fabulous, wonderful game! But where do we go with this? Can the game survive?

Adam Gilchrist - UK correspondent

Listen to the interview in the audio below [skip to 4:25].


9 December 2020 11:14 AM
Tags:
Rugby
Dementia
Adam Gilchrist
brain damage
Refilwe Moloto
professional rugby
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
chronic traumatic encephalopathy
CTE
Steve Thompson

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