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This could be quite damaging. If they accept liability what happens to the game then? I know there are now protocols in place for head knocks but how many more ex players will creep out of the woodwork. It reminds me of of the asbestos stampede. How many of these players apart from Goulding and Highton have any of you heard of? Must all be skint.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/59045827

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pretty sure Goulding will be too.

While the protocols were a lot lower (non existent) compared to today, surely as they were not in conflict to the scientific evidence at the time, there cant be much of a case?
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Will he be suing his dealer for supplying him with drugs too?
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Whilst I have every sympathy for anyone in any sport effected by these types of issues it does smack of trying to use todays knowledge to apply to what happened in the past which seems to be a societal thing at the moment.

I am not sure exactly what they are trying to achieve beyond making some money and possibly bankrupting the already pretty poor RFL, trying to raise awareness would seem pointless as that is already the case as witnessed by the major improvements in on field care and then off field care and protocols which are may ahead of what happened in their days.

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Here we go,this is a lawsuit thats been coming for a good while it could well be quite literally game changing

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Did anybody force Bobby Goulding not to wear a scrum cap?

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Perhaps if he didn’t like having a punch up every so often he wouldn’t have had so many head knocks?

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Les Norton wrote:
Did anybody force Bobby Goulding not to wear a scrum cap?


or play the game

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hengirl wrote:
Here we go,this is a lawsuit thats been coming for a good while it could well be quite literally game changing


I agree it's quite worrying. So what do the RFL do? Change the rules to an automatic red card or something for a head shot? There are a lot of footballers going to court for the same thing about heading the ball, do you think they will get anywhere? Should we ban boxing? or do you think the government and courts will single out a sport that doesn't produce hundreds of millions per year? Boxing and football bring in a hell of a lot of revenue so why would they change the rules. Rugby league would be easy to point fingers at and could effectively become a scapegoat. One thing in our favour is that we have Rugby Union. The toffs love Union so any changes forced on Rugby League would have to filter through to Union too. Be interested to hear what some of the older heads on here think about all this. I am 36 so all i have known is Rugby from the 90s onwards but reading accounts from players from the 60's and 70's you got smashed in every tackle whether you were a prop or winger.

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Pie_Eyter wrote:
I agree it's quite worrying. So what do the RFL do? Change the rules to an automatic red card or something for a head shot? There are a lot of footballers going to court for the same thing about heading the ball, do you think they will get anywhere? Should we ban boxing? or do you think the government and courts will single out a sport that doesn't produce hundreds of millions per year? Boxing and football bring in a hell of a lot of revenue so why would they change the rules. Rugby league would be easy to point fingers at and could effectively become a scapegoat. One thing in our favour is that we have Rugby Union. The toffs love Union so any changes forced on Rugby League would have to filter through to Union too. Be interested to hear what some of the older heads on here think about all this. I am 36 so all i have known is Rugby from the 90s onwards but reading accounts from players from the 60's and 70's you got smashed in every tackle whether you were a prop or winger.


the issue is they won v the NFL in america so might have opened the floodgates
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