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England rugby star Steve Thompson faced abuse for speaking out about dementia

Former England rugby star Steve Thompson has revealed that he has faced abuse for speaking out over the dangers of playing the sport.

Steve, who won the World Cup with England in 2003, was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 42 and probable CTE – a degenerative brain condition that is thought to be caused by repeated blows to the head.

Steve was speaking to ITV Anglia ahead of being a keynote speaker at Headway Suffolk’s Neuro Conference on 12 May. He will be joined by Dawn Astle, Dr Michael Grey, Sam Norris and Dr Sajid Alam.

The conference is being streamed online and tickets cost £20. To find out more and book, go to our events page.

To watch Steve’s full video interview, along with input from Dr Grey on his SCORES project. go to the ITV Anglia page.