Ex-Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls star Chev Walker slams concussion lawsuit

Chev Walker was best known for his athletic ability in the shirt of the Leeds Rhinos and the Bradford Bulls.

But, he has now had his say on the latest plague making its way through rugby league.

A concussion lawsuit was announced and led by ten former rugby league players yesterday morning, detailing their willingness to sue the RFL for negligence from concussions.

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.

“As a result of scientific knowledge, the sport of Rugby League continues to improve and develop its approach to concussion, head injury assessment, education, management and prevention across the whole game. We will continue to use medical evidence and research to reinforce and enhance our approach.”

But, a number of former players have also spoken out against the measure, stating that it was their decision – and their decision only – to take to the field.

Walker – who starred in over 300 Super League and Championship games between 1999 and 2015 – has hit out spectacularly at the lawsuit.

The 39-year-old said: “I don’t want to sound like I don’t care for my peers but How can you Sue the RFL for not knowing what would happen now My body is crippled, deformed and hurts like hell, I’m certain if I had a brain scan their would something there too. I earned my scars the game owes me nothing”.

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