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Player Welfare

World Rugby’s Player Welfare strategy is to put the player first and to rely on an evidence-based approach for all decisions.


The Player Welfare site has information on the policies and procedures World Rugby use across the sport, whether it’s the surface being played on, the equipment being used or prevention and treatment of injuries. The guidelines cover both playing and medical aspects of the game.


Some of the research that was used in this decision-making process is also available.


World Rugby are always looking to add to the information available to make the game as safe as possible for all, if you have any suggestions please let us know.

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  • Tue 13 July, 2021
World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin on the sport's united commitment to advance player welfare at all levels

World Rugby Chief Executiv Alan Gilpin answers questions from rugby fans and former players Maggie Alphonsi and Ugo Monye on a new approach to player welfare.

Player Welfare News
University of Otago study

Player welfare

Wed 31 March, 2021

World Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, the University of Otago and Prevent Biometrics to undertake ground-breaking community rugby head impact study

Underscoring the continued commitment to furthering head injury prevention in rugby, World Rugby is partnering with New Zealand Rugby, the University of Otago and Prevent Biometrics to undertake a ground-breaking study to understand the nature and frequency of head impacts in men’s and women’s community and age-grade rugby.
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