Proceedings were initiated by David Corkery, Declan Fitzpatrick and Ben Marshall in the High Court in Dublin
Proceedings were initiated by David Corkery, Declan Fitzpatrick and Ben Marshall in the High Court in Dublin yesterday.
All three are being represented by Maguire McClafferty, a Dublin law firm which announced last year it was preparing a number of rugby concussion cases.
Mr Corkery (49) played 27 times for Ireland between 1994 and 1999. His action is against the IRFU, Munster Rugby and World Rugby.
In an interview earlier this year, he said: “I got so many concussions, I lost count. I’ve suffered from depression for years.”
Mr Fitzpatrick (39) played seven times for Ireland in 2012 and 2013. He is suing the IRFU, Ulster Rugby and World Rugby.
He quit the sport after suffering six concussions in his career, four of them in his final three seasons.
Mr Marshall (32) lined out for Leinster and Connacht between 2010 and 2017, when he was forced to retire due to concussion. His lawsuit is against Leinster Rugby, Connacht Rugby, the IRFU and World Rugby.
There was no immediate comment from Maguire McClafferty.
In a previous statement to Independent.ie, the firm said it was handling a number of rugby concussion cases within this jurisdiction in cooperation with solicitor Richard Boardman and UK law firm Rylands Legal.
“We act for a number of retired professional rugby players, all of whom have played for both province and country. Further cases are coming forward on a regular basis,” the statement said.
The firm said clients were undergoing medical tests in conjunction with a team of leading neurologists, scientists and healthcare professionals.
It said any proceedings issued would be supported by evidence from these medical experts and from a multidisciplinary team of experts assembled by Rylands in the UK.
Maguire McClafferty also said it expected the proceedings would be opposed by the rugby authorities in Ireland and may therefore take some time to be resolved.
Last July, Rylands launched a class action lawsuit against World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union.
The claimants included prominent former internationals, including English World Cup winner Steve Thompson, former Wales captain Ryan Jones and the former All Black Carl Hayman.