Ex-league star Roberts reveals brain damage

Last updated 13:44 09/03/2014

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Rugby league international Ian Roberts will reveal on television that he has suffered brain damage from his playing days.

The former Souths, Manly and North Queensland forward, who had a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in league during the 1980s and '90s, has told the Australian Channel Seven programme Sunday Night that he has suffered memory lapses during his 10-year acting career.

"I have brain damage. I've been acting now for 10 years, studying lines and that kind of thing. One day you have it down and then the next day you're like I have just lost all that info again.

"That's really, I mean really scary stuff."

Roberts' interview follows tougher concussion rules introduced by the National Rugby League for the 2014 season.

"You know, when you are 25, at the top of your game, you know you're ten foot and bullet proof," said Roberts.

"I'm 48 at the moment and when you have those lapses I have to check myself and I'm like, 'oh why can't I remember that or am I remembering that rightly?'"

The Australian Rugby League Commission banned the shoulder charge in 2013 to reduce the occurrence of concussion injuries in the game and this year has allowed club medical staff extra time to assess players without costing the team an interchange.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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