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Rugby Dementia Link Confirmed by Tests

A link between playing rugby and early onset dementia has been established by a brain injuries expert who has identified the first confirmed case of the degenerative disease being caused by the contact sport.

Dr Willie Stewart yesterday claimed that the discovery suggested “one or two” players competing in the Six Nations every year may go on to develop the condition.

In an interview, the Glasgow-based neurologist described how he had examined sections of brain tissue in a retired rugby player and found abnormal proteins associated with head injuries and dementia.

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