The former player and front line of the All blacks, Carl Hayman, has become part of a lawsuit against World Rugby after he was diagnosed with early dementia.
The 41-year-old joins the legal action that already includes former England hooker Steve Thompson, who was part of the title at the 2003 World Cup but now has no recollection of that victorious campaign.
Hayman, who also played for the Highlanders, Newcastle Falcons and Toulon, received his diagnosis after undergoing studies in England. This, after having suffered numerous headaches that led him to abuse alcohol and contemplate suicide.
Hayman told Dylan Cleaver at The Bounce, an independent sports writing website: “I spent several years thinking I was going crazy. At one point that’s really what I thought. There were constant headaches and all the things that were happening that I couldn’t understand. “