Phil Vickery has backed former England teammate Steve Thompson’s resolution to sue World Rugby for mind injury.
Thompson, 42, has been identified with early onset dementia and is accusing rugby’s governing physique for failing to guard gamers from the dangers brought on by concussions.
Vickery, who performed with Thompson for England between 2002 and 2010, was not shocked by the information.
He informed talkSPORT: “I’d like to say I’m shocked and I used to be shocked, however sadly this has been rumbling and the noises have been round this for a short while.
“I sort of knew it was coming, which is unhappy. To be sincere I truly felt emotional, not only for Steve Thompson, however for the opposite guys as a result of [it’s] individuals you performed with and towards.
“Steve and his household, realizing him, I’ve been by means of some particular occasions with the man and it’s worrying.”
Thompson performed in each match of England’s World Cup-winning event in 2003 – however claims he has no recollection of being concerned.
And Vickery is adamant ‘sincere’ conversations should happen to unravel concussion points in rugby.
He added: “Should you ask my spouse, does she need my son to play? The reply is completely 100 per cent ‘no’ as a result of she’s seen what it’s completed to me. However that’s mums and their boys.
“There’s a stability. What I’d love is for us to be sincere and be sincere about the actual impacts of it. It’s not going to go away. Let’s take care of it in the fitting method.
“We speak in regards to the values of my sport – honesty and integrity – properly let’s have some honesty and a few of that’s going to harm.
“They aren’t going to be some good conversations, however let’s have them, let’s kind them out and let’s cleared the path.”
Vickery believes scrum caps and tag rugby for kids is the best way ahead.
He stated: “Will a scrum cap assist? It should. Will shoulder pads assist with contacts? Sure, it would. Is rugby a harmful sport? Sure, it’s. It’s a harmful sport, however it’s as protected as it may be now.
“The larger bit for me will probably be in regards to the contact for youths at a youthful age and it’ll be about that contact tag.
“No matter that recreation seems like, you’re nonetheless chucking round a rugby ball. I’ve at all times stated, for our recreation to develop, we’ve to have interaction in as many youngsters as we will.
“The considered having the ability to play contact and tag rugby with combined age teams and combined talents, combined sexes, women, boys, males, ladies coming collectively, throwing round a rugby ball, having fun with one another’s firm… the rationale I began taking part in rugby, I wished to be part of my native city.
“I wished to characterize my rugby membership. We have to have interaction as a sport with our younger individuals and get them concerned within the recreation.
“What that appears like by way of format goes to be a really, very totally different world. I definitely hope we’re considering alongside these strains anyway.”
Vickery and Thompson’s former England teammate Lewis Moody informed talkSPORT many gamers used to hold on, regardless of being concussed.
He stated: “I used to be a product of my setting. The norm was that in the event you acquired concussed, you carried on. Should you’re down on the ground, you carried on since you had been letting your staff down.
“There have been protocols in place on the time. Within the late 90s, early 2000s, it stated in the event you acquired a concussion you must have a two to four-week interval out of the sport.
“Let’s say if I might persuade the fitting individuals that really I used to be tremendous, I might keep on then I’d typically be allowed to and that may be as a result of I wished to.
“Concussion to me was not a serious challenge. It was simply one thing I might get on with.”