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Rugby player returns half a million injury compensation to play for England

Rugby star Steve Thompson paid back £500,000 of his injury compensation award in order to play for the England team once again.

Thompson was hurt whilst playing for club side Northampton in January 2007. After injuring his neck, he was told that he must retire if he didn’t want to run the risk of being paralysed for the rest of his life.

After an operation, he was awarded £500,000 in an injury compensation payout, as damages for a career cut short and what would be a loss of earnings from not playing at the top level of his sport.

However, not wanting to give up without a fight, he sought second opinions from medical experts in France and the USA, and they gave him the go-ahead to play once again.

He said: “I have lost money from coming back but I don’t regret it. I still had more in me and I wanted to do it. You have to ain to play at the highest level or there’s no point coming back.

Thompson returned for his first England match since 2005 against Australia last weekend.

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