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Posted 13 May 2014 - 11:44 PM

Hawick, Scotland, Lions & Barbarians prop Hugh McLeod, dies aged 81.

Grande Pablo

Posted 11 May 2014 - 09:23 PM

Fomer Aussie RL captain Reg Gasnier



Posted 29 April 2014 - 07:33 AM

Ryan Tandy (aged 32) found dead at home in Australia. Played in the UK, including for Whitehaven in west Cumbria.

Grande Pablo

Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:02 PM

All Blacks captain Frank Oliver


Grande Pablo

Posted 02 February 2014 - 10:31 PM

2 for the price of 1:

Llanelli & Barbarians Hefin Jenkins

Welsh international Keith Bradshaw


Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:39 AM

The bit "“People say it’s a death sentence? Well, Euan has shown he can live with it for ten years. Now, he needs 24-hour care, he’s on a ventilator, he’s got a tracheotomy, but he’s surviving and he lives for every day." makes me think he might hang on for years yet.

An "iffy" pick next year imo...


Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:24 AM

:ph34r: Hoping he can hang on until January


Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:55 AM

Interview with Joost in yesterdays Scotsman.

He might be fucked but he still made it to Edinburgh for today's match.



Posted 12 November 2013 - 02:15 PM

Did anyone else hear the piece on BBC Radio Four's PM programme last week in which a brain specialist discussed concussion and contact sports. Interesting stuff, basically he was concerned that there's too much pressure on players to get up and get on with things. Obviously prompted by the fact Spurs made their goalie play on to preserve their options for subs. But, according to the report, the problem is worse with rugby's two codes and their macho culture and lots of players play through mild head injuries. Head injuries are also worse now because players are bigger and stronger than they were and lots of rugby players end their careers with the kind of residual brain damage that sees boxers and the like lose the plot, and their lives, earlier than most of us.

Octopus of Odstock

Posted 11 November 2013 - 09:13 PM

View PostRed Flag, on 11 November 2013 - 03:30 PM, said:

No, relatively speaking, but compared to an even he was at in Argentina in January/February, it's a swift decline. The effort for him to talk and the fact that's he's now wheelchair bound doesn't bode well. But to still be able to fly around and to try and raise the message about the disease and remain so positive, is thoroughly uplifting. I hope he's still with us in 2015, but sadly, I suspect he will not.

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