Ex-Wales star Gavin Henson among more than 200 rugby stars suing over brain injuries

England’s World Cup winners Steve Thompson and Phil Vickery – as well as ex-Wales fly-half Gavin Henson – are among those taking legal action against rugby’s governing bodies

Three of the sport’s governing bodies are being sued by over 200 retired rugby union players due to brain problems they received while playing professionally.

Following a decision by London’s High Court, the parties to the lawsuit will have to wait until the following year for their application for a group litigation order (GLO) to be considered. England’s 2003 World Cup heroes Phil Vickery and Steve Thompson are among those suing.

Thompson disclosed that, in December 2020, at the age of 42, he received an early onset dementia diagnosis. In addition, former Wales forward Alix Popham is suing the regulatory agencies, saying his brain injuries have “turned upside down” his entire universe.

The 226 retired players in the action are being represented by Rylands Garth, with Gavin Henson, a former Wales player, also engaged. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU), and World Rugby are the targets of the action.

The former rugby players have accused the RFU, the WRU, and World Rugby of not taking the necessary precautions to ensure their health and safety. If the GLO is accepted, Rylands Garth will be able to oversee all 226 of the individual litigation collectively.

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