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“Rugby is strolling headlong with its eyes closed right into a catastrophic scenario,” says Ryan Jones after revealing he has been identified with early-onset dementia on the age of 41; he requires the game to take extra preventative measures now

Final Up to date: 16/07/22 11:21pm

Ryan Jones is confronting a difficult future. (Photo: David Davies/PA Wire)

Ryan Jones is confronting a troublesome future. (Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire)

Ryan Jones, the previous captain of the Wales rugby group, has been identified with early-onset dementia on the age of 41.

Jones has 75 worldwide caps and was a member of the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand in 2005.

He obtained a analysis of possible persistent traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) final December.

"I lived 15 years of my life like a superhero and I'm not." Ryan Jones' fears are stark. (Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/PA Images)

“I lived 15 years of my life like a superhero and I am not.” Ryan Jones’ fears are stark. (Photograph: Tim Eire/PA Archive/PA Pictures)

In an interview with the Sunday Occasions, Jones mentioned, “I really feel like my world is falling aside.

“I’m actually scared as a result of I’ve bought three kids and three step-children and I wish to be a unbelievable dad.

“I lived 15 years of my life like a superhero and I am not. I do not know what the long run holds.”

Jones had retired from taking part in rugby in 2015 and resigned from his put up as efficiency director on the Welsh Rugby Union in October of 2020.

“I’m a product of an setting that’s all about course of and human efficiency. I am not capable of carry out like I might, and I simply wish to lead a contented, wholesome, regular life,” he mentioned.

“I really feel that is been taken away and there is nothing I can do… I can not practice more durable, I can not play the referee, I do not know what the principles of the sport are anymore.”

Ryan Jones received an MBE for services to rugby union and charitable fundraising from the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle earlier this year. (Photo:  Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Images)

Ryan Jones obtained an MBE for providers to rugby union and charitable fundraising from the Princess Royal at Windsor Fort earlier this 12 months. (Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Pictures)

Jones revealed that after experiencing melancholy he started to have short-term reminiscence issues and was turning into forgetful.

“It terrifies me as a result of I do not know if, in two years’ time, we’re sat right here and these episodes are per week lengthy, two weeks lengthy or everlasting,” Jones mentioned.

“That is the worry, that is the bit that by no means leaves. That is the bit I can not shake off.

“Each episode I’ve additionally leaves a little bit of a legacy. The whole lot we cancel, each relationship that I poison or do not have time for anymore, simply makes it slightly bit harder to manage,” he added.

“I do not know easy methods to sluggish that down, make it cease, what to do.”

Final month, the Alzheimer’s Society established partnerships with organisations such because the Rugby Gamers’ Affiliation to offer a everlasting means of referring any previous and current participant or supervisor who has been identified with dementia or is caring for a liked one.

Jones was awarded an MBE within the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours checklist for providers to rugby union and charitable fundraising. Whereas he maintained he would not change the expertise of “dwelling the dream” of taking part in for Wales, he believes the game should do extra to take preventative measures.

“It’s strolling headlong with its eyes closed right into a catastrophic scenario,” he mentioned.

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