Today’s rugby news as 300 players join timebomb and Scotland ‘robbed’ of fair World Cup chance by ‘incompetence’

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Here are the latest rugby headlines on Thursday, August 31.

300 rugby union players taking legal action

The number of rugby union players now part of the concussion litigation against World Rugby, the Welsh Rugby Union and the RFU has reached 300.

In a new update, lawyers representing the group say they are are disappointed with the conduct of the governing bodies so far, accusing some of going to considerable lengths to “refuse service of proceedings, disclose documents and even agree a date for a court hearing”.

The players involved include former Wales captain Ryan Jones, Welsh international Alix Popham and England World Cup winner Steve Thompson, who have all been diagnosed with early onset dementia. The numbers joining the legal action have risen by dozens this month, it has emerged.

In total, law firm Rylands Garth says it now represents over 450 rugby players (including rugby league) with brain damage, as well as 25 in football. The rugby contingent include Wales internationals and British Lions, as well as over 100 amateur players. It is the ticking timebomb and biggest problem rugby has to deal with in the coming years.

The firm says all claimants are already suffering from neurological impairments. They range from those in their 20s, through to their 70s, with some suffering with probable CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Ten sportsmen Rylands Garth represents have, sadly, died from their brain injuries, the lawyers say.

The claimants allege the governing bodies were negligent in failing to take reasonable action in order to protect players from permanent injury caused by repetitive concussive and sub-concussive blows. They say rugby remains unsafe and will lead to more players suffering neurological impairment.

The allegations include the alleged failure of rugby bosses to reduce the amount of contact allowed in training and the number of matches per season/year. It is also claimed they failed to take adequate steps to inform, educate or warn players about the risks of permanent brain damage.

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