TO THE ‘WORLD RUGBY’ AND PARENTS… AND GRANDPARENTS OF THE ‘RUGBY WORLD’, RE: CONCUSSION ~ TBI ~ CTE ~ DEPRESSION ~ SUICIDE ~ ALZHEIMERS ~ PARKINSONS!
NZ Coach Plumtree just went through a lukewarm attempt to give a Public Relations announcement explaining his stance and of the NZRU and WR. Guys, this is nothing less than a cover-up, you have scientists and professionals ‘hired’ by World Rugby that know well (from the inner sanctum) that the only solutions are in the roots of The Law.
These inept and irresponsible people in positions of power (yet not responsibility) are delaying the corrective measures necessary to redress this scourge of people being maimed, and/or with permanent disabilities (quadriplegia, Schizophrenia, etc.) –
Wanting your All Blacks to remain at the top of the rugby tree is understandable yet not justifiable. Being silent and protecting your own playing backyard? Is this fair play? Are these ethical principles?
To state my case clearly, one of your (true legend and ‘reluctant’ national hero) who was not treated kindly by ‘officialdom’ some years ago when he went to play in France, Carl Hayman is today showing you the effect of these pathetically endemic problems rugby union has had and not health with, since 1995. And you do nothing, do not act? And manifest your dissatisfaction? Well, I gather you are incredibly happy with The Laws and how the game is evolving towards ‘Rollerball’ or something even more sinister!
“PROFESSIONAL RUGBY UNION IS A FAILED EXPERIMENT” – THE GRASSROOTS WILL TELL YOU WHY?
Amongst hundreds of players, the more publicised cases of Steve Thompson, Jeremy Cudmore, James Haskell, and Carl Hayman show a very ‘uncertain’ and ‘stressful future for them and their families.
Furthermore, A 28-year-old Argentinian player from Hurling RC died on the field four weeks ago. In Australia, in the last three years have had several broken necks, and another tragic injures,
Concussion and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) are living death sentences. The Class-Action cases list is GROWING (not decreasing at all). The Drake Foundation with the Imperial College from London are telling you the truth. Progressiverugby.com and the ISSF (iss-forum.net) have been flagging these issues for no less than two years.
RESEARCH STUDIES RESULTS
Dr Damian Bailey from the University of South Wales, and Dr Barry O’Driscoll have disclosed a mountain of information supporting my claims, which are OUR CLAIMS vs THEM (WR) – Does WR need the Pope or Queen Elizabeth to be told: “Cut the Crap”
BEING HOPEFUL (?) because some cosmetic changes have been done to address these symptomatology, only delay the consequences of repeated (personal historic) previous knocks, bumps (and concussions) which today do not show on the field or on video. This is a very delicate, slippery, and tricky disease!
WR must face the situation and change The Laws from the chore. The Rugby game/show/business must change at the chore by adapting it to the times we are living (2021). Dragging your tails, covering up, and pretending to be up to date with some cosmetics, re-arranging the chairs in your Titanic only aggravates and creates more problems. Get yourselves out of your comfort zone, hire professionals that can think outside the traditional and aristocratic 140-year-old square! –
For Christ’s sake let’s start 2022 from a ‘clean slate’…
Enrique TOPO Rodriguez (Triple Rugby union international | Wallaby and UK Barbarians Captain)
Founder & General Convener, ISSF (International Sports Sciences Forum) iss-forum.net