High Court to rule in landmark hearing on 268 rugby players’ brain injury claim

Day of reckoning in bid to combine claims into group litigation against governing bodies

A landmark hearing in the High Court was held today to hear arguments from over 200 former rugby players who suffered brain injury in their claim against three of the top organizations in the sport.

Ex-players intend to sue World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union, and the Welsh Rugby Union collectively for their negligence claims.

If today’s study in London goes well, the group will be one step closer to a trial in 2024 or 2025.

The 268 players claim that their lifelong brain damage is due to the regulating bodies’ negligence in taking precautions against this kind of harm. Typically, claims involving industrial diseases are handled through a collective legal order similar to a class action.

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