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Steve Thompson, right, has revealed he cannot remember any of the 2003 World Cup matches due to head trauma (Lynne Cameron/PA)

Steve Thompson, right, has revealed he cannot remember any of the 2003 World Cup matches due to head trauma (Lynne Cameron/PA)

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Steve Thompson, right, has revealed he cannot remember any of the 2003 World Cup matches due to head trauma (Lynne Cameron/PA)

World Rugby and its leading Unions, already on their knees financially due to Covid-19, could be forced close to bankruptcy by the ticking time bomb of dementia claims.

The damage to ex-players as young as 40 began to emerge this week. But allegations persisted that the game's authorities knew the dangers way back in the early 2000s but did nothing.

Players like England's 2003 World Cup-winning hooker Steve Thompson, ex-Bath and England flanker Michael Lipman and former Welsh international Alix Popham are in the vanguard of claims after individual diagnosis. Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has already suffered several concussions during his career.


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