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World Rugby release statement on concussion case

NEWS: World Rugby has finally released a statement on the pending court case over neurological injuries.


The following significant points were raised by Master Jeremy Cook, the senior master in the case:

  • “Unless the medical records are prepared properly, we’re going to have a lot of issues.”
  • “The very least one needs in a case of this kind is medical records.”
  • “It’s basic, you simply cannot have a medical report in this fashion as a condition and prognosis report”
  • Susan Rodway KC also conceded on behalf of the players that in some cases “there are no medical records”

The full statement by World Rugby reads: ‘Whilst today’s case management hearing was necessarily about legal process, we must not forget about the people and players at the heart of this case.

‘Legal action prevents us reaching out to support the players involved, many of whom are named publicly for the first time today.

‘But we want them to know that we care deeply about their struggles, that we are listening and that they are members of the rugby family.

‘The court’s ruling for the second time that the claimants’ solicitors must provide information previously asked for is a positive step. Despite the court’s order from June 2023 the court noted that there was a “gaping hole” in the evidence provided by the claimant’s legal team.

‘The further delay to the case is regrettable and the players’ lawyers seemingly prioritising media coverage over meeting their legal obligations, is challenging for all concerned; not least the players themselves.

‘Player welfare is rugby’s top priority, and will continue to be our top priority. Rugby is committed to leading the welfare agenda in sport, driven by evolving science and research to protect and support players at all levels.


‘This includes world first initiatives, such as the use of smart mouthguard technology by all elite players to facilitate in-game monitoring and treatment of concussive and sub concussive impacts. A lower tackle height is also being trialled in the community game to ensure that the benefits of our great sport can be enjoyed by all.’

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