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RFL responds to lawsuit claims over concussion negligence

The RFL has responded to the group of former rugby league players that are set to bring a lawsuit against the governing body for allegations of concussion negligence.

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.”

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