The former England front row Steve Thompson who was world champion at RWC 2003, is one of the retirees who will initiate legal action against World Rugby, RFU and Welsh Rugby Union for brain injuries caused during his rugby career.
A group of former international players is planning negligent legal action against rugby authorities for brain injuries they have suffered, the law firm leading the case announced.
Steve Thompson, who has no recollection of being part of England’s triumph at the 2003 World Cup, is part of a group for potentially much larger action alongside fellow former England player Michael Lipman and former Wales player Alix Popham. .
The planned action is against World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union, for “failing to protect (the plaintiffs) from the risks caused by concussions.
Players have also created 15 ‘commandments’ that they believe World Rugby should adopt to make the game safer.
Thompson, Lipman and Popham are part of an eight-player test group, but Richard Boardman of Rylands Law says it represents more than 100 players ranging in age from 20 to 50, many of whom show symptoms of neurological problems. .