The enforced retirement through multiple injury last month of Sam Warburton brought the perils of professional rugby into sharp focus.
And already the sport has claimed another Welsh casualty – a player at the opposite end of his career.
Former Dragons flanker Robson Blake has been forced to quit the game at the age of just 23 having endured a six-month battle with concussion.
He sustained the injury playing for the region last January and now, after failing to improve sufficiently, Blake has been told by doctors to hang up his boots for good.
It’s a devastatingly premature end to a career that promised much for a powerful back row man who also played in the Principality Premiership for Bedwas.
Blake announced his retirement on Twitter, saying: “Not the news I wanted to share, but following a long six months off with concussion I’ve been advised by medical professionals to retire from rugby.
He continued: “Thanks to Dragons for the opportunity to play professionally, and for their continued support. Thanks also to Bedlinog RFC and Bedwas RFC for all the happy memories of playing club rugby.
“And finally thank you to my amazing wife for putting up with me during the dark days.
“And so on to the next challenge….”
Blake is the latest in a lengthy list of Welsh players who have been forced to retire from playing because of head trauma in recent years.
Adam Hughes, Jonathan Thomas, Ashley Smith, Matthew Pewtner and Rory Watts-Jones have all paid the highest price for concussion, but none were as young as Blake.
Ospreys centre Ben John is currently taking a year out from the game because of a series of head injuries, while George North, Justin Tipuric and Aaron Shingler are all higher profile Wales stars who have had serious issues in the same department.