‘I am really scared’: Former Wales rugby captain reveals early-onset dementia at 41

‘I am really scared’: Former Wales rugby captain reveals early-onset dementia at 41

Former Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones has revealed he is suffering from early-onset dementia at the age of 41.

Jones, who was involved in three Grand Slam wins for his country, was diagnosed with probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in December.

The NHS describes CTE as a progressive brain condition thought to be caused by repeated blows to the head and repeated episodes of concussion.

Jones, who has 75 international caps and was a member of the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand in 2005, spoke about his diagnosis in an interview with The Sunday Times.

Ryan Jones from Mumbles after he was made an MBE for services to rugby union football and charitable fundraising in Wales by the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle during an Investiture ceremony

“I feel like my world is falling apart,” he said. “I am really scared because I’ve got three children and three step-children and I want to be a fantastic dad.

“I lived 15 years of my life like a superhero and I’m not. I don’t know what the future holds.”

‘I can’t tra

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