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I dont want to kill the game, says Steve Thompson. I want it regulated.

 

Photograph: Christopher Thomond/the Guardian

 

Steve Thompson: 'I can't remember winning the World Cup'

In an exclusive interview

the former England hooker talks about living with dementia,

feeling like a bit of meat in his career and how,

if he could go back, he would not play rugby

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Tue 8 Dec 2020    14.00 GMT

Last modified on Wed 9 Dec 2020    12.27 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/08/
alix-popham-interview-rugby-union-dementia-special-report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 My memories of rugby are made-up,

rom people telling me things or seeing pictures or watching clips,

says Alix Popham.

I cant remember a lot else.

 

Photograph: Gareth Phillips/The Guardian

 

Alix Popham: We knew our bodies would be in bits.

We had no clue our brains were'

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Tue 8 Dec 2020    19.00    GMT

Last modified on Wed 9 Dec 2020    13.08    GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/08/
alix-popham-interview-rugby-union-dementia-special-report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England's blunderbuss backline

fails to take flight from forward platform

William Fotheringham at Twickenham

The Guardian        p. 12

Monday November 14, 2005

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2005/nov/14/
rugbyunion.gdnsport31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rugby union and dementia: is the sport facing a crisis?    G    8 December 2020

 

 

 

 

Rugby union and dementia: is the sport facing a crisis?        Video        G        8 December 2020

 

Steve Thompson, who won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003,

former Wales back-rower Alix Popham and nine other ex-internationals

all under the age of 43

have launched what could be a landmark legal action

against World Rugby,

the RFU in England and the Welsh Rugby Union

after being diagnosed with early onset dementia.

 

In revealing and at times harrowing interviews with the Guardian,

both Thompson and Popham speak of the challenges they have faced,

struggling to remember playing on the world stage

and what changes they want to see brought in to the game,

as senior reporter Andy Bull examines

the links between rugby and dementia.

 

At the last count, in 2014,

there were 1,339 people in the UK

from the player's age demographic

who had been diagnosed with the condition

or one in every 9,500 -

presenting a sobering contrast

with these latest cases from the sport.

 

A spokesperson for the games governing body said:

'World Rugby takes player safety very seriously

and implements injury-prevention,

management and education strategies based

on the latest available knowledge, research and evidence.'

 

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'I can't remember winning the World Cup,'

says Steve Thompson after dementia diagnosis        G        8 December 2020

 

 

 

 

'I can't remember winning the World Cup,' says Steve Thompson after dementia diagnosis        Video        G        8 December 2020

 

Former World Cup winner, Steve Thompson,

has spoken of at times feeling like a bit of meat

during his professional career and how,

if he could go back, he would not play rugby

- nor would he like to see his children pick up the sport.

 

Now, at the age of 42,

Thompson has been diagnosed

with early onset dementia

and probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy,

a degenerative brain disease,

and says he can no longer remember winning the World Cup,

along with forgetting directions,

which bits of a book hes read and what TV shows hes watched.

 

Thompson,

who is part of a potentially landmark legal action against World Rugby,

the Rugby Football Union in England and the Welsh Rugby Union,

says he 'does not want to kill the game' he still loves,

but wants to see the sport transformed to protect players

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btjhK6VNiUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rugby union        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/rugby-union

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rugby world cup 2019        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/rugby-world-cup-2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

collision rugby        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/10/
rugby-dementia-link-leads-to-calls-for-collision-rugby-to-be-banned-in-schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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former rugby players with dementia        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/series/
rugby-union-and-dementia---a-special-report

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/mar/22/
dan-scarbrough-on-rugbys-dementia-crisis-somebody-has-to-put-their-hand-up-and-take-responsibility

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/dec/16/
rugbys-dementia-crisis-podcast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/10/
rugby-dementia-link-leads-to-calls-for-collision-rugby-to-be-banned-in-schools

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/09/
rugby-urged-to-improve-safety-measures-lawsuits-concussion-dementia

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/09/
rugby-urged-to-improve-safety-measures-lawsuits-concussion-dementia

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/09/
michael-lipman-if-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now-id-have-been-a-lot-more-careful

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/08/
alix-popham-interview-rugby-union-dementia-special-report

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/08/
steve-thompson-interview-world-cup-rugby-union-dementia-special-report

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/08/
rugby-union-dark-news-dementia-presents-sport-with-reality-dared-not-face

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2020/dec/08/
rugby-union-dementia-thompson-popham-video-explainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

links between rugby and early onset dementia        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/10/
rugby-dementia-link-leads-to-calls-for-collision-rugby-to-be-banned-in-schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chronic traumatic encephalopathy    CTE        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/09/
michael-lipman-if-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now-id-have-been-a-lot-more-careful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

brain injuries        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/dec/09/
can-rugby-union-continue-as-normal-knowing-it-is-causing-brain-injuries-early-onset-dementia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

motor neurone disease        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jun/21/
doddie-weir-money-motor-neurone-disease-mnd-rugby-union

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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in the sixth minute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a half-time lead of nine points

reduced to just three

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Six Nations        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2005/feb/14/
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Autumn Internationals        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2006/nov/12/
rugbyunion.sport2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa > rugby        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/south-africa-rugby-team

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2019/nov/02/
south-africa-springboks-england-rugby-world-cup-victory-motivation

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/jan/31/
invictus-film-review-damon-freeman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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