Rugby players pursue legal action for injuries

It’s difficult to miss the press coverage of former professional rugby players who are pursuing legal action against the rugby’s governing bodies. These ex-players who have sustained brain injuries that have either forced them to retire or are causing ongoing concerns for their health after leaving the sport are creating a surge in claims from other players coming forward who have sustained similar injuries during their playing careers.

These public cases are highlighting injuries such as the inability to remember some or any of their games played, change of personality / mental state and diagnosis of early onset dementia. The governing bodies have a maximum of three months from the date of acknowledgement of the letter of claim to provide their initial responses.

Following an ongoing recent public case, a joint statement was released from the governing bodies: “World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and Welsh Rugby Union can confirm they have received a letter of claim from solicitors representing certain players and will now take time to consider its contents. We have been deeply saddened to hear the brave personal accounts from former players. Rugby is a contact sport and while there is an element of risk to playing any sport, rugby takes player welfare extremely seriously and it continues to be our number one priority. As a result of scientific knowledge improving, rugby has developed its approach to concussion surveillance, education, management and prevention across the whole game.” [1]  (

Affiniti Finance is working with several litigators to provide funding for over 150 former rugby union players. These claims seek to provide access to justice for sporting professionals who have sustained lifelong injuries.

If your Firm is considering, or already managing sporting related injury claims, we offer funding to assist your Firm in running these types of claims. Our funding can be used to fund disbursements such as Expert Reports, Court and Counsel Fees related to these  claims. Our seamless API integration with your case management system allows you to submit funding requests and draw downs on a broad range of claims. By removing cash flow constraints on your business, our funding enables you to build your book and focus on running the claims at hand.

To discuss the funding of sporting injury claims for your Firm, or one of the many other claim types we support, contact us directly at and one of our dedicated team will be assigned to help you. You can also visit our personal injury page here for more information:

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