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Exclusive: Nearly two-thirds of rugby players suffer mental health problems after retirement

Joe Marler retired from England duty due to anxiety caused at being away from his family

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The true scale of rugby’s mental health crisis can be exposed today as shocking new figures reveal that 62 per cent of retired players have suffered problems since leaving the professional game.

The statistics, compiled by the Rugby Players’ Association, have been described as “a major issue” by the head of the international players’ body, while a Labour MP has written to the government demanding it does more to help retired professionals.

The RPA has called on others in the sport to increase their backing for former players after its survey revealed the majority of retired professionals had struggled since leaving the game.

The key findings from its research, which was based on approximately…

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