Rugby Union: Players need to wake up over head injuries

As we look forward to the start of Rugby Union’s World Cup, former Wales player Jonathan Thomas calls for players to take more responsibility for their head injuries.

Capped 67 times for Wales and a Grand Slam winner in 2005 and 2008, Jonathan is now retiring after receiving an epilepsy diagnosis which may have been caused by numerous head injuries from playing rugby.  Aged only 32 he thought he could manage the condition and play on however, he now recognises he needs to stop.  In talking about his retirement to the BBC and about how his sports deals with head injuries, Jonathan Thomas said players often play down the seriousness of their injuries to keep playing and

‘It's probably the players that need the biggest wake up call.’

Jonathan is the latest of a number of players forced to retire from the sport with head injury related symptoms, including Rory Watts-Jones of Cardiff and England internationals Shontayne Hape and Andy Hazell all retiring with concussion.

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There is a growing awareness of head injuries in sports such as rugby however, the experience of Jonathan Thomas shows that the attitudes of players needs to change, in addition to other safety measures.  If you or a loved one has been affected by a head injury caused by someone else and you want to discuss a possible claim, please contact Andy Shaw or call one of our specialist head injury solicitors on 0800 073 0988.

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