Ewan McKenna: Rugby’s Concussion Crisis

Ewan McKenna: Rugby’s Concussion Crisis View Gallery
Kevin McLaughlin of Leinster: forced to retire at 31. Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Rugby needs to be open about the serious damage concussion can do to its players

Kevin McLaughlin is one of the lucky ones.

He may not feel it – at just 31, he’s lost his job, his career and his passion following another concussion in Leinster’s season opener – but all in all McLaughlin got out because he could, not because he no longer could.

Others weren’t so lucky. Back in February, Cardiff wing Rory Watts-Jones went for tests after both his family and girlfriend noticed worrying behavioural changes that are...

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