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In this sport where the contacts are always coarser and the concussions more and more known, certain players pay the price after their career. After other great players such as Steve Thompson, Alix Popham and Carl Hayman, a new name has joined this list of players with dementia.
Indeed, the former captain with 75 caps with Wales, Ryan Jones, named in an interview with Time have early dementia. A dementia accelerated last December and largely linked to the various shocks suffered in the head during his career. The one who has been retired since 2015 suffers from difficulty finding his words, short-term memory loss and mood swings.
“All I want is to live a happy, normal life. But that’s been taken away from me and there’s nothing I can do. I can’t train harder, I can’t try to ride the referee, I don’t know the rules of that game.” also added the 41-year-old former third line.
After other great players such as Steve Thompson, Alix Popham or Carl Hayman, a new name has joined the list of players with dementia. This player is Ryan Jones, former third line of Wales. Selection of which he was 33 takes over the captain.