Frail Canada worldwide Jamie Cudmore has been supporting the ex-players on the centre of rugby union’s dementia disaster, drawing on his landmark factual case in opposition to his inclined club.
The 42-three hundred and sixty five days-inclined stated he had been talking to the neighborhood that entails England’s World Cup winner Steve Thompson for the past six months, “helping them along the formula” as they prepare to originate a category motion.
Cudmore is suing French aspect Clermont Auvergne, whom he played for from 2005-2016, over their alleged failure to guard him from excessive harm when he returned to the pitch after suspected concussions someday of the 2015 Champions Cup.
In January 2019, a courtroom-appointed neurologist stumbled on the club had been accountable for the harm Cudmore suffered, and his case has the aptitude to possess indispensable ramifications on the game.
Chatting with BBC Sport, he stated his case is “now not a money snatch” and he hopes it marks a “line within the sand” in direction of bettering education round head accidents and prompting enhancements to the safety of the game.
It emerged remaining week that a neighborhood of about eight players – including Thompson, former England group-mate Michael Lipman and ex-Wales worldwide Alix Popham – are planning factual motion in opposition to the game’s authorities after being identified with early indicators of dementia.
It’s some distance legendary a pre-factual letter of claim might presumably presumably also fade in as early as Tuesday.
“I’ve known about this direction of over the rest six months, and the fellows on the assist of it,” stated Cudmore.
“I’ve been talking to them, now not advising nevertheless helping along the formula. Clearly or now not it is pretty for many folks; for of us contained within the game now not so distinguished.
“Or now not it is very alarming that now the wider public designate the depth that this venture of direction does fade and how we must attain a hell of critically higher as professional sportsmen, as coaches, directors, to guard players critically higher.
“I’d stutter true success [to them]. Which potential of I’ve executed a fabulous amount of evaluate and the governing our bodies haven’t executed enough work in taking the guidelines on, which in all fairness distinguished from the mid-70s.”
Cudmore, now teaching in Canada, stated rugby is “a hell of plenty safer than it become” nevertheless there might be room for enchancment.
“It’s some distance a contact sport and I construct now not are looking out to alternate one thing round that, nevertheless we are able to achieve distinguished extra referring to the treatment of concussion,” he stated.
In gentle of his expertise in 2015 – when it is belief he suffered from ‘second-influence syndrome’ – Cudmore warned errors round concussion can possess tragic consequences.
“In my case I become puking within the altering room within the 67th minute of a game,” he stated. “Originate you of direction must set the participant assist on? Successfully they did, they allowed me to return on and unfortunately that is now not true enough.
“In this explain day and age, whenever you happen to achieve that with a young miniature one it is probably you’ll presumably perchance crash them and we possess now had quite rather a lot of situations of this going down and no one must earn to that point of their sporting careers and be that injured by any individual’s negligence.”
Cudmore hopes his case will attain early next three hundred and sixty five days.
BBC Sport has approached Clermont for comment.
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