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
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...