What do the administrators of WORLD RUGBY, and their contracted resident medical scientists have in common? Apart from the ‘payroll’… the littered bodies and brains of used-up (nappies-like) players!!

“Blow that whistle” – Once famously prolific author Tom Keneally AO said in an advertisement for Rugby League in Australia. So, let’s blow THE WHISTLE of Concussion-Dementia-Depression-CTE-Suicide, on World Rugby, Rugby League, Soccer, Aussie Rules, Cricket, etc. etc.!

EVERY DAY FOR THE LAST 18 MONTHS SINCE I FOUNDED THE ISSF International Sports Sciences Forum (iss-forum.net) actually for much longer than that, we have been reading about the HARD-EVIDENCE of EVIDENCE-BASED-APPROACHED INFORMATION GENERATED FROM, THE FOUR CARDINAL POINTS… GLOBALLY.

Question 1. HOW LONG CAN WE SUSTAIN THIS LEVEL OF DECEPTION, LIES, GREED AND IRRESPONSIBILITY?

Question 2. WOULDN’T THESE FINDINGS GRANT A ROYAL COMMISSION?

Question 3. WOULD YOU GO RIGHT UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORTS (or whatever may be called!)

Question 4. ON THE BASIS OF THE HUBRIS OF HUMAN BRAINS AND BODIES, WOULD YOU KINDLY ASK FOR THE RESIGNATION OF SIR BILL BEAUMONT, ALAN GILPIN AND ALL THE ACOLYTES DELEGATES FROM THE TOP 24 NATIONS? – I WILL VERY SOON BECAUSE I HAD THE GUT FULL OF THESE ‘BS’ MIS-MANAGEMENT PRACTICES GOING ON UNACCOUNTED AND UNPUNISHED!!

RUGBY FOLLOWERS OF THE WORLD, THE MEDIEVAL AND ARISTOCRATIC LEGACY FROM RUGBY SCHOOL ARE OVER. WAKE UP INTO 2021 WHEN “DUTY OF CARE” IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY CORPORATION’S DIRECTOR.

Ladies and Gentlemen, parents, grandparents, family and friends, and YOU KIDS, PLAYERS AND ATHLETES, I beg you, before you sign any kind of contract (for money o no money), project your mind to what might happen? – Think of the insurance you may need if you have a serious accident (Quadriplegia, broken bones, loss of eyesight, concussion, dementia, depression (?? Suicide ??) … And many more consequences if you do not take care of yourself professionally, and sensibly? – The moment you sign that ‘professional’ contract, you give your livelihood to irresponsible, greedy, and ignorant administrators (your Agent/Manager should know better?), you become a DISPOSABLE COMMODITY ON DEMAND OR LACK THEREOF.

WHAT IS IN THE FUTURE FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS?

So, your parents made so many sacrifices to put you through school (boys and girls, all together now), you are a Family Investments, even your brothers and sisters contributed to your ‘promising’ bright future. BUT, what now? No longer, neither a dream nor reality. Life is a highway, the faster you want to travel the higher The Toll.

Since rugby union has become professional 26 years ago (1995), I will take two leafs from The Corporate Governance & Management book, for you to seriously look at and emulate:

FREE OF CHARGE ADVICE FOR “THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS”

COACHES, PLAYERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AGENTS, MANAGERS, SPONSORS, CONTRACTORS, AND SUBCONTRACTORS, YOU ALL ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE OR WITNESSES TO THESE ‘ABNORMALITIES’ – INJURY PREVENTION AND HEALTH PRESERVATION IS AN ETHICAL OBLIGATION, NOT A CHARITY.

Sir Bill Beaumont, Alex Gilpin and all Directors and Delegates get off your high-horse and carefully look at what The Plebes need???

  1. The SUPERANNUATION concept/strategy to save for that future…
  2. The Occupational Health & Safety which governs about every medium and large Entreprises (no more no less!)

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/nov/17/world-rugbys-cynical-deflection-over-brain-injuries-is-an-insult-to-the-players

ISSF – iss-forum.net (Sydney Based NFP-NGO Global Forum focused on Injury Prevention and Health Preservation Policies for Athletes and Sports Administrators) Since May 2020.

MASSIVE CHANGES??? You got to be kidding? – For this to eventuate WORLD RUGBY needs to overhaul the whole Lawbook and give rugby an injection of continuity. The current stop-start nature is rapidly killing it!

https://www.balls.ie/rugby/world-rugby-2-492596

More fanfare and ‘hoopla’ to distract the public from the other significant issues affecting The Rugby World and its used-up athletes. The big problems with deteriorating Health and Wellbeing ARE NOT BEING ADDRESSED. Just a bit of window dressing. WR has at their disposal, world-renowned scientists grouped up under ‘prestigious’ global organisations, which perform as powerful lobby groups! Yet, the majority of these ‘professionals’ are either contracted or Funded by WR. Only two or three days ago came up a Media Release illuminating us with a ‘newbie’ … “The Additional 12 Reasons for the appearance of CTE and Dementia in Rugby Players?? Give us a break!! – WR you are playing with the lives of rugby players, families, siblings, spouses, parents, and grandparents who are worried sick about their boys and girls being hurt in an ‘accident’ on the rugby field. If you are aware of these risks, it is no accident and prevention is lackadaisical.

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE AND… SMARTER BUSINESS !!!

Simply put, the issues around the consequences of REPEATED CONCUSSION-DEMENTIA-DEPRESSION-CTE-SUICIDE-ALZHEIMER’S-PARKINSONS, are not being addressed because the fear of Rugby Union potentially can be shut-down. I imagine the arguments presented in High Courts.

  1. Rugby Union for 140 years has been a major source for Health, Education, Social Connections, Business, Business, Business, and more Business. Wouldn’t it be criminal to bankrupt it because a group of players do not want to work t earn money?
  2. Your Honour, it is unthinkable that we may kill this wonderful generous sport?
  3. Your Honour, neither you nor World Rugby wishes to end up with blood in our hands, would you?
  4. Our TV, and Media enterprises employ thousands of contractors and staff, would we want to leave them and their families without jobs and sustenance?
  5. Our incredibly successful RWC events are exemplary run and are the source of fianancial support to more than 120 rugby playing nations?

NEVERTHELESS, IN 12 OR 24 MONTHS, AFTER SEVERAL MILLION POUNDS OR EUROS HAVE CHANGED HANDS (particularly Lawyers & Insurance professionals). WE WILL BE TALKING ON THE FOLLOWING TERMS

WELL, YOUR HONOUR, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO EXPRESS MYSELF ON LAYMAN’S TERMS. SHOULD YOU AND WORLD RUGBY, DO NOT TAKE HEED OF THESE GRAVE ISSUES, DECISIVE ACTION TO FIX THEM? – IF YOU FAIL TO STOP RUGBY FOR 12 MONTHS UNTIL THEY GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER – OVERHAUL THE LAWBOOK – CHANGE OR DUMP WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DISCARDED? – THE BLOOD OF THOUSANDS OF SUFFERERS WILL BE ON YOUR HANDS NECK! – An aristocratic game as old as 140 years, seriously need a professional update by professional Lawmakers.

YOUR HONOUR, IF YOU FIND THIS OFFENSIVE OR OF BAD TASTE, MY APOLOGY IN ANTICIPATION – MY EDUCATION IN LIFE HAS BEEN HAMPERED BY MY FAMILY’S LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES.

YOUR HONOUR, I REMAIN YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT, SHOULD YOU WISH ME TO ASSIST WORLD RUGBY WITH AN EXTENSIVE LAW CHANGE? I WILL BE AT YOUR DISPOSAL.

NOTE:

I am 100% sure that the smaller nations, particularly the Pacific Islands, Spain, Italy, Romania, Brasil, Uruguay, Chile will benefit greatly. Nonetheless, with Argentina will happen the opposite due to the current politico-socio-economic situation, so hundreds of players literally will play in any country in Europe, S.Africa, NZ or Australia. This has already happened at the club level during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-2030.

Ok, back to reality 2021, in my not-so-modest opinion, finally someone may be able to challenge my incredibly unique achievement of being the only (dead or alive) Triple Rugby Union International.

With kindest regards and best wishes from Sydney, Australia – 25/11/2021

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

1971-1992 = Triple Rugby Union International | Captain of The Wallabies | Barbarian FC | Argentine Provinces Selection | National University of Cordoba RC and Zebre XV (Italian Barbarians)

World Rugby tackling brain health? – I would say…to me looks like: ‘managing looming financial disaster!!

I quote below, (link) by Geoff Parkes (theroar.com.au) – Where he clearly states the cover-ups in several industries such as big pharma, sports, etc. I will list the proactive PR Management actions chosen to prevent potential class-action cases (currently quite the flavour of the year), and/or compensations for irresponsible or lack of Duty of Care. Athletes are no different to employees of a corporation. Why not then, exercise Occupational Health & Safety Policies?

Hiding behind the concussion industry: The NRL’s ticking time bomb

2nd November, 2021 – by Geoff Parkes – Writer for The Roar

The 2020 book The Triumph of Doubt, written by ex-Barack Obama and Bill Clinton Assistant Secretary, David Michaels, is an eye-opening account of how corporate cynicism and greed repeatedly triumphs over the safety of workers and consumers.

Over 15 engrossing chapters, Michaels lays bare the sharp practices that infests industries as diverse as chemical, pharmaceutical, vehicle manufacturing and the NFL.

Among many stellar reviews, ex-San Francisco 49ers line-backer, Chris Borland said: “When corporations manipulate science and launch marketing campaigns to sow doubt, they ensure human suffering. Michaels’ work is vital reading for everyone to understand these industry tactics.”

While the specific approach differs from industry to industry, the tactical playbook adopted by corporations that elect to take this path is remarkably homogenous. Typically, when problems are identified, an executive decision is made to ‘manage’ the issue in favour of spending on resources to actually solve it.

Typical actions include:

•The careful management of public perceptions, both of the organisation and the issue, including high spending in public relations

•Commissioning and funding ‘friendly’ research, with predetermined outcomes unharmful to the organisation

•Quoting ‘friendly’ or irrelevant research, to validate their position

•Casting doubt on contrary science and research, and attacking the credibility of ‘unfriendly’ independent scientists and practitioners

•Continually calling for more evidence and clarity, insisting upon more and more studies, to push the issue further into the future

•Associating with high-profile politicians or public figures to enhance the legitimacy

•Highlighting trivial or partially relevant actions as evidence of ‘attacking the problem’

•Inadequate response to failures and breakdowns

•Fostering a culture within the organisation/industry where whistleblowing or conduct contrary to the objectives of the organisation are suppressed

•Abnormally high legal costs, combined with a desire to avoid court at all costs

•Paranoidal control of media, refusal to engage independent journalists and publications

https://ministryofsport.com.au/world-rugby-tackling-brain-heath/

Is Amateur World Rugby (2021) Running Professional Rugby???

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1115646/world-rugby-brain-health-concussions

WORLD RUGBY CANNOT GET THE SCIENTISTS AND DOCTORS TO AGREE ON ONE COMMON POLICY – ALSO THEY DO NOT ACCEPT ADVICE FROM EXPERTS(?) – HOW WOULD THEY POSSIBLY BE ABLE TO EDUCATE PLAYERS, COACHES AND THE PUBLIC? – THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (PR RELEASE) IS “INCONGRUENT” AT BEST!

FIRST, THEY MUST ATTEND TO AND LISTEN CAREFULLY THE VOICES OF: STEVE THOMPSON, MICHAEL LIPMAN, Prof. Bill Ribbans, Jamie Cudmore, Sean Holley, Kyran Bracken MBE (British Lions, England), Dr Barry O’Driscoll, Referee Paul Adams, James Haskell (British Lion, England), Simon Halliday (Former Chairman European Professional Rugby Clubs) AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO OBJECT TO WORLD RUGBY ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL RUGBY.

The ISSF (iss-forum.net) Advocates for A MAJOR OVERHAUL OF THE RUGBY LAWS (By professional Lawmakers). Health & Well-Being Preservation + Injury Prevention is the best form of Protection, and… A SMART BUSINESS!!!

The ERC Group

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

Founder & General Convener

ISSF (International Sports Sciences Forum | iss-forum.net)

Philanthropist – Scrum Muster – Impresario

ADVOCATING INJURY PREVENTION AND WELLBEING Since 1971 (50 years)

RUGBY UNION ADMINISTRATORS AND CARETAKERS… STOP BEING HOPEFUL AND TAKE URGENT ACTION, CHANGE THE LAWS!

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2021/11/rugby-tougher-head-contact-laws-seemingly-reduce-brain-injuries-claims-all-blacks-assistant-coach-john-plumtree.html

TO THE ‘WORLD RUGBY’ AND PARENTS… AND GRANDPARENTS OF THE ‘RUGBY WORLD’, RE: CONCUSSION ~ TBI ~ CTE ~ DEPRESSION ~ SUICIDE ~ ALZHEIMERS ~ PARKINSONS!

NZ Coach Plumtree just went through a lukewarm attempt to give a Public Relations announcement explaining his stance and of the NZRU and WR. Guys, this is nothing less than a cover-up, you have scientists and professionals ‘hired’ by World Rugby that know well (from the inner sanctum) that the only solutions are in the roots of The Law.

These inept and irresponsible people in positions of power (yet not responsibility) are delaying the corrective measures necessary to redress this scourge of people being maimed, and/or with permanent disabilities (quadriplegia, Schizophrenia, etc.)

Wanting your All Blacks to remain at the top of the rugby tree is understandable yet not justifiable. Being silent and protecting your own playing backyard? Is this fair play? Are these ethical principles?

To state my case clearly, one of your (true legend and ‘reluctant’ national hero) who was not treated kindly by ‘officialdom’ some years ago when he went to play in France, Carl Hayman is today showing you the effect of these pathetically endemic problems rugby union has had and not health with, since 1995. And you do nothing, do not act? And manifest your dissatisfaction? Well, I gather you are incredibly happy with The Laws and how the game is evolving towards ‘Rollerball’ or something even more sinister!

“PROFESSIONAL RUGBY UNION IS A FAILED EXPERIMENT”THE GRASSROOTS WILL TELL YOU WHY?

Amongst hundreds of players, the more publicised cases of Steve Thompson, Jeremy Cudmore, James Haskell, and Carl Hayman show a very ‘uncertain’ and ‘stressful future for them and their families.

Furthermore, A 28-year-old Argentinian player from Hurling RC died on the field four weeks ago. In Australia, in the last three years have had several broken necks, and another tragic injures,

Concussion and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) are living death sentences. The Class-Action cases list is GROWING (not decreasing at all). The Drake Foundation with the Imperial College from London are telling you the truth. Progressiverugby.com and the ISSF (iss-forum.net) have been flagging these issues for no less than two years.

RESEARCH STUDIES RESULTS

Dr Damian Bailey from the University of South Wales, and Dr Barry O’Driscoll have disclosed a mountain of information supporting my claims, which are OUR CLAIMS vs THEM (WR) – Does WR need the Pope or Queen Elizabeth to be told: “Cut the Crap”

BEING HOPEFUL (?) because some cosmetic changes have been done to address these symptomatology, only delay the consequences of repeated (personal historic) previous knocks, bumps (and concussions) which today do not show on the field or on video. This is a very delicate, slippery, and tricky disease!

WR must face the situation and change The Laws from the chore. The Rugby game/show/business must change at the chore by adapting it to the times we are living (2021). Dragging your tails, covering up, and pretending to be up to date with some cosmetics, re-arranging the chairs in your Titanic only aggravates and creates more problems. Get yourselves out of your comfort zone, hire professionals that can think outside the traditional and aristocratic 140-year-old square! –

For Christ’s sake let’s start 2022 from a ‘clean slate’…

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez (Triple Rugby union international | Wallaby and UK Barbarians Captain)

Founder & General Convener, ISSF (International Sports Sciences Forum) iss-forum.net

Sydney 05/11/2021