Former Wigan player Ian Roberts has revealed rugby league has left him with irreversible brain damage.
The ex-Australia international, 52, was one of 25 retired players who took part in a study into the effects of repeated concussions.
“I was fully aware there was something wrong with me, but to be told I had scarring on the brain was surprising,” he told the BBC. “It’s irreversible damage.”
Roberts played 20 games for Wigan in 1986-87, winning the John Player Trophy and Lancashire Cup.
In 1995 he became the first rugby league player to reveal he was gay, and later launched an acting career - which has been hampered, he says, by his brain injuries.
“My ability to learn lines has deteriorated. I’m just not as sharp as I was in the past,” he said.