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RLPA CEO Says NRL Concussion Lawsuit Was 'Inevitable'

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 02 / 27 / 17

Rugby League Players' Association CEO Ian Prendergast said that "it was inevitable that a player forced into retirement due to concussion would take legal action against a club or the code," according to Chris Barrett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The RLPA has "thrown its support behind" former Newc...

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