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Last year, nine rugby union players diagnosed with long-term brain injuries – including the England World Cup winner Steve Thompson – joined a concussion lawsuit against World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

The rise in concussion lawsuits threatens the financial viability of some sports, Britain’s sports minister has said. Speaking to the digital, culture(...)

 Johnny Sexton of Ireland goes off injured during the  Six Nations match against Wales  at the Principality Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Although the French neurologist who claimed Johnny Sexton had suffered 30 concussions in his career and expressed concerns about the Irish captain fac(...)

Team-mates Alan Ball, left, and Nobby Stiles celebrate after England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley, 30th July 1966. Photograph: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The family of Nobby Stiles have become ambassadors for a new charity launched by the families of former football and rugby players who have been diagn(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan is tackled by Michael Lipman (right) and  Tim Davidson  of the Melbourne Rebels during a pre-season friendly at  Donnybrook in August 2011. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The heartbreaking stories of former England internationals Michael Lipman and Steve Thompson, who are dealing with the horrors caused by brain trauma,(...)

 A memorial for NFL legend Junior Seau in San Diego, California. File photograph: Getty Images

Cautionary tale Junior Seau was the epitome of an NFL linebacker. A 12-time Pro Bowler for the Chargers, the Dolphins and the Patriots, Seau is the c(...)

England hooker Steve Thompson  in action during the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia at Telstra stadium  in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Australians hate losing. At the height of the country’s sporting success in the 2000s, the Rugby World Cup of 2003 is still seen as the one that got a(...)

Former England rugby player Steve Thompson cannot now remember a World Cup in which he played and won in 2003. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

This week’s news of a group law suit to be taken by over 70 former rugby players suffering from the life-changing effects of concussion had come to se(...)

A family photograph of Benjamin Robinson, who died aged 14 from Second Impact Syndrome after playing a schools rugby match in 2011. Photograph: Kieran Dodds/The New York Times

James was one of five Kennedy brothers. They loved their football. They used to say in Hamilton Street, in south Belfast that the Kennedys were their (...)

Damian Hopley,  CEO  Rugby Players Association. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty

Damian Hopley, the chief executive of the Rugby Players Association, has described cases of early-onset dementia among its membership as “horrendous” (...)

Exeter Chiefs are the defending European champions. Photograph: Inpho

Against the most disconcerting backdrop the sport has ever known, the Heineken Champions Cup is back with a new, one-off, complex format which is both(...)

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