Concussion case could drop kick rugby out of the park

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Concussion case could drop kick rugby out of the park

World Rugby needs to put its thinking cap on because a lawsuit by players threatens to tear the game apart

Sports reporter

This week’s confirmation of early onset dementia and probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in Carl Hayman, one of rugby’s poster-boy tough guys, will come as a huge setback to the sport.

Hayman, in his pomp a man mountain of a tighthead prop, played 45 Tests for the All Blacks between 2001 and 2007, before he quit the international game for what was reputed to be the highest-paying player contract in the game with Newcastle Falcons.

He later joined Top 14 star-seekers Toulon, who were in the early days of assembling their galaxy...

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