Castleford Tigers doctor has honest say on concussion lawsuit

There will probably never be a more important revelation in the sport of rugby league than the one that hit the headlines earlier in the week.

The news that as many as 50 former rugby league professionals have decided to pick up a lawsuit against the Rugby Football League (RFL) for negligence surrounding concussions and sub-concussions has not sat right with a number of former and current players.

Let’s not kid ourselves or sweep it under the carpet: it will impact the game of rugby league forever.

Rylands Legal is representing 50 former rugby league stars in a negligence suit against the RFL, with allegations that the RFL failed in its duty of care to protect them from the risks associated with concussions and sub-concussions.

The legal company also represents 175 former rugby union stars in a separate concussion lawsuit.

When approached for comment by Serious About Rugby League, an RFL spokesman said: “The Rugby Football League has recently been contacted by solicitors representing a number of former players.

“The RFL takes player safety and welfare extremely seriously, and has been saddened to hear about some of the former players’ difficulties.

“Rugby League is a contact sport and while there is an element of risk to playing any sport, player welfare is always of paramount importance.”

But, whilst a number of players and ex-players have hit out such as Chev Walker, the Castleford club doctor remains the first of his ilk to comment on the latest groundbreaking event.

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