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Three former Irish rugby players sue IRFU over alleged concussion injuries

Three former Irish rugby players sue IRFU over alleged concussion injuries

Three former rugby players have taken legal proceedings against their former provinces, the IRFU and World Rugby in what are believed to be concussion-related cases.

Ex-Irish internationals David Corkery and Declan Fitzpatrick, as well as former Leinster and Connacht player Ben Marshall, issued proceedings in the High Court in Dublin yesterday.

The trio are represented by the law firm Maguire McClafferty.

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As reported by The Independent, Mr Corkery (49) played 27 times for Ireland between 1994 and 1999. His action is against the IRFU, Munster Rugby and World Rugby.

In an interview earlier this year, he said: β€œI got so many concussions, I lost count. I’ve suffered from depression for years.”

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Mr Fitzpatrick (39) played seven times for Ireland in 2012 and 2013. He is suing the IRFU, Ulster Rugby and World Rugby.

He quit the sport after suffering six concussions in his career, four of them in his final three seasons.

Mr Marshall (32) lined out for Leinster and Connacht between 2010 and 2017 when he was forced to retire due to a concussion. His lawsuit is against Leinster Rugby, Connacht Rugby, the IRFU and World Rugby.

There was no immediate comment from Maguire McClafferty.

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