The issues around head injury, and the long term effects on players is very worrying.
Of course it is worrying for the individuals who are currently living it.
Having had a close family member suffer from dementia (non rugby related) and Witnessing their deteriorating, I can tell you that this is one of the most horrendous diseases around.
it strips the sufferer of their identity, and leaves their family in a sense of limbo as the slowly watch their loved one slip away.
But, this will also have a massive impact on the viability of the sport.
The Unions, who have already suffered signify losses over the last couple of years, now face legal bills and claim payments to the tune of millions.
We currently have players in the Irish squad who have had such significant head injuries that they have had sustained periods out of the game, and given that as few as 3 concussions can lead to long term brain damage, there is a strong possibility that the unions payouts could become a fairly regular occurrence.
The unions and World rugby need to sit down and think of a way to really tackle the issues.
Loughman is a great example of how the current measures are inadequate.
I would imagine that rugby will turn to technology, perhaps using monitors to monitor the g-force impacted on a persons head/neck area.
This along with greater and more consistent policing around contact with a players head/neck area.
“Everything is Legal until you are caught” does not mean that you are not breaking the laws, it simply means that players will play the ref, and will break the laws of the game if they believe they won’t, or until they do, get caught.