Welcome to the Conference section of the World Rugby website where you will be able to access all the latest news, presentations and recordings of any World Rugby player welfare related conferences including Medical Commission Conference, Player Welfare Symposium and Rugby Science Network.
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World Rugby moves to aid the flow of the game by trialling limits on non-playing personnel
The World Rugby Council has approved a global trial limiting the opportunity for non-playing personnel to enter the field of play during a match. Operational for all competitions and stand-alone matches starting after 1 July 2022, the trial aims to improve the flow of matches by reducing unnecessary stoppages without compromising welfare.
Tue 17 May, 2022· 3 min read
World Rugby confirms adoption of welfare-driven laws
World Rugby Council has today voted unanimously to adopt five welfare driven global trials into full law from 1 July. The new laws mean that the upcoming women’s and men’s Rugby World Cups will feature the current package of global welfare-driven law trials including 50:22 and the goal line dropout.
Thu 12 May, 2022· 3 min read
World Rugby welcomes new Brain Health course
World Rugby has welcomed the launch of a new Massive Open Online Course on Sport, Exercise and Brain Health devised by Brain Health Scotland in partnership with Alzheimer’s Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, the Global Brain Health Institute and Trinity College Dublin.
Fri 29 April, 2022· 1 min read
World Rugby shares updates on key welfare projects and programmes following 2022 Player Welfare & Laws Symposium
World Rugby has published recordings of key sessions from its 2022 Player Welfare & Laws Symposium, publicly updating on a variety of projects and initiatives within the six-point player welfare action plan that it launched last year.
Mon 11 April, 2022· 2 min read
World Rugby reinforces Head Injury Assessment application education
Team doctors, independent match day doctors and video reviewers have participated in a joint workshop run by World Rugby, aimed at reinforcing application of the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) process in elite rugby.
Fri 25 March, 2022· 1 min read
World Rugby focuses research investment on the women’s game
Women and former players are the focus of the latest round of targeted research projects funded by World Rugby following an independent review of open submissions. The successful projects will be announced at the dedicated women’s game session of the 2022 World Rugby Player Welfare Symposium, which draws to a close today.
Wed 23 March, 2022· 2 min read
Have your say on welfare-focused rugby law trials
World Rugby is giving everyone involved in the game the chance to have their say on the welfare-driven global law trials which have taken place over the last nine months. A survey is now live giving fans, players, officials and anyone else with an interest in the game a chance to make your voice heard. The questionnaire will remain available until 28 March.
Wed 23 March, 2022· 2 min read
World Rugby issues funding application call for latest round of player welfare research
World Rugby launches its 2022 call for applications to fund research projects with the aim of promoting evidence-based enhancements in player welfare priority areas, including concussion.
Thu 10 March, 2022· 2 min read
Scrum stability and player welfare at the heart of Six Nations trials
World Rugby and Six Nations Rugby have announced details of a closed law trial that aims to advance scrum stability and player welfare.
Fri 28 January, 2022· 3 min read
World Rugby announces Phil Davies as Director of Rugby
World Rugby has announced the appointment of Phil Davies as the organisation’s Director of Rugby.
Wed 26 January, 2022· 2 min read
Why 2022 will be the year of player welfare in rugby
Sir Bill Beaumont reaffirms World Rugby's ongoing commitment to advancing player welfare as he looks ahead to a busy 2022.
Fri 21 January, 2022· 4 min read
Women in Rugby
Dr Araba Chintoh energised to lead World Rugby Women’s Player Welfare Steering Group
We spoke to the World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient following the World Rugby Medical Commission Conference in London.
Thu 9 December, 2021· 4 min read
‘Game On Global’ community law variations to advance rugby accessibility and welfare
Welfare and accessibility are at the heart of Game On Global, a groundbreaking programme of optional community law variations launched by World Rugby and national member unions today.
Tue 30 November, 2021· 4 min read
World Rugby and International Rugby Players launch global brain health education campaign
World Rugby, national unions and International Rugby Players are launching the Brain Health Initiative today, a global education campaign to increase understanding of the importance of brain health within the rugby family.
Wed 17 November, 2021· 4 min read
World Rugby Medical Commission Conference to consider latest developments to cement rugby as the most progressive sport on player welfare
World Rugby's annual Medical Commission Conference will consider the latest advances in research, science and education to inform World Rugby's ongoing committment to cement rugby as the most progressive sport on player welfare.
Fri 12 November, 2021· 2 min read
World Rugby establishes dedicated Women’s Player Welfare Steering Group
World Rugby has established a dedicated women’s player welfare steering group to exclusively focus on the advancement of player welfare for the women’s game.
Sun 31 October, 2021· 2 min read
Louis Rees-Zammit helping to tackle mental health issues in sport
British and Irish Lions star becomes patron of Sporting Minds UK as he continues to be a brilliant role model for young athletes.
Fri 29 October, 2021· 3 min read
World’s top two women’s teams join landmark head impact study
Black Ferns and the Red Roses will participate in a ground-breaking head impact study using instrumented mouthguards to inform and advance injury-prevention initiatives in women’s rugby.
Fri 29 October, 2021· 3 min read
Players, unions and competitions support new guidelines for rugby contact training load
World Rugby and International Rugby Players have published new contact training load guidance aimed at reducing injury risk and supporting short and long-term player welfare.
Wed 22 September, 2021· 5 min read
World Rugby launches Tackle Ready to educate players on safe tackle technique
Tackle coaching in rugby is set to be transformed with the global launch of Tackle Ready, which aims to reduce the risk of head injury at all levels of the sport by improving technique.
Tue 14 September, 2021· 3 min read
An open letter by Sir Bill Beaumont: Striving to be the most progressive sport for player welfare
An open letter to the global rugby family by World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont setting out the sport's unwavering commitment to cement rugby as the most progressive sport on player welfare.
Tue 13 July, 2021· 4 min read
World Rugby unveils six-point plan to cement ambition to be the most progressive sport on player welfare
A dedicated focus on welfare for former players, women and the community game are at the heart of a new six-point plan to advance player welfare in rugby, announced by World Rugby and national unions today.
Tue 13 July, 2021· 8 min read
Welfare-focused rugby law trials to be implemented globally
World Rugby has announced welfare-focused initiatives within a package of law amendments that will be trialled globally in competitions that start after 1 August, 2021, reflecting the sport’s ongoing commitment to injury reduction at all levels.
Tue 13 July, 2021· 6 min read
Independent Concussion Consultants to be introduced to support Graduated Return to Play process in elite rugby
World Rugby has announced details of a major programme that will further independent care of elite players returning to play following a confirmed concussion.
Tue 13 July, 2021· 3 min read
Joint statement by World Rugby, RFU, WRU, IRP and Progressive Rugby
World Rugby, RFU, WRU and IRP have met with Progressive Rugby to discuss continued player welfare advancement across the game.
Wed 2 June, 2021· 1 min read
Innovative eye-tracking technology trial starts in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman to advance concussion identification
The latest eye-tracking technology using Virtual Reality (VR) to help detect concussion has made its debut in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.
Tue 18 May, 2021· 4 min read
RWC 2023 Players' Committee launches with John Eales as Chairman
France 2023 CEO Claude Atcher has launched the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Players' Committee, with Australian rugby legend John Eales as Chairman.
Thu 22 April, 2021· 2 min read
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.
Wed 31 March, 2021· 4 min read
World Rugby exploring the latest eye-tracking technology to assist with the identification and management of concussion
World Rugby has announced today at its Player Welfare and Laws Symposium that it is to evaluate the latest eye-tracking technology to assist with the identification and management of concussions in the sport.
Tue 30 March, 2021· 3 min read
World Rugby committed to fostering a safer, more accessible game for all
The World Rugby Player Welfare and Laws Symposium 2021 has kicked off with Chief Executive Alan Gilpin reaffirming the international federation’s commitment to foster a safer and more accessible game for future generations.
Tue 30 March, 2021· 2 min read
World Rugby furthers head injury prevention commitment with expanded Head Contact Process
World Rugby has publicly launched the Head Contact Process (HCP) to assist the sanctioning process for contact with the head and neck, underscoring the sport’s commitment to head injury prevention. This process has been developed through extensive collaboration and consultation with current and former players, coaches, referees and medical experts.
Thu 11 March, 2021· 3 min read
Increased rest days confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2023
Rugby World Cup 2023 in France will feature increased rest periods for all teams after the Rugby World Cup Board, the World Rugby Executive Committee, the France 2023 organising committee and International Rugby Players agreed a ground-breaking package of player welfare principles that will underpin a greatly enhanced match schedule when it is announced on Friday, 26 February.
Mon 22 February, 2021· 4 min read
Dr Éanna Falvey: Player care is our priority in progressive concussion approach
World Rugby Chief Medical Officer Dr Éanna Falvey shares his perspective on rugby's progressive approach to player care, including concussion management and return-to-play protocols.
Fri 19 February, 2021· 3 min read
World Rugby statement in response to Progressive Rugby group player welfare proposals
The welfare of the global rugby family is, and has always been, World Rugby’s priority. We take our responsibility very seriously and care deeply about our past, present and future players.
Thu 18 February, 2021· 1 min read
Player welfare research boosted by World Rugby funding injection
World Rugby has launched its annual call for applications to fund research projects with the aim of promoting evidence-based enhancements in player welfare priority areas, including concussion.
Tue 9 February, 2021· 2 min read
How World Rugby’s Concussion Return to Play Protocol works
While all eyes will be on the Guinness Six Nations over the coming weeks, the tournament also serves as an important reminder that the sport continues to prioritise work to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries, including concussions.
Wed 3 February, 2021· 3 min read
New study determines stabilisation of rugby player mass
World Rugby has welcomed a new study examining changes in body mass of men’s and women’s international rugby players and the potential impact of law and shape of the game changes on player size.
Fri 22 January, 2021· 3 min read
Open letter by World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont
Sir Bill Beaumont shares an open letter as World Rugby Chairman, a former player, father of three rugby players, and a fan
Thu 17 December, 2020· 3 min read
Record participation for online World Rugby Medical Commission Conference
More than 1,000 medics, researchers, sports scientists, law-makers, players and coaches have participated in World Rugby’s 2020 Medical Commission Conference last week, a programme of webinars and workshops aimed at furthering player welfare best-practice in the sport across all 127 member unions.
Mon 9 November, 2020· 4 min read
“Bringing together the best experts to contribute to the future of a sport I am passionate about”: Joe Schmidt on his new role at World Rugby
Joe Schmidt is joining World Rugby as Director of Rugby and High Performance to head-up a newly-created department. Here he discusses why he’s making this transition.
Sun 25 October, 2020· 3 min read
World Rugby approves updated transgender participation guidelines
World Rugby has approved updated transgender participation guidelines following a comprehensive, collaborative and transparent review of its existing guidance.
Fri 9 October, 2020· 2 min read
World Rugby appoints Joe Schmidt as Director of Rugby and High Performance
World Rugby has announced the appointment of Joe Schmidt as the international federation's Director of Rugby and High Performance.
Thu 8 October, 2020· 3 min read
Weight Consideration Guideline for Age Grade Rugby
This guideline provides advice on managing weight banding for Age Grade Rugby
Tue 30 June, 2020· 10 min read
This guideline advises on how to manage athletes and teams when travelling via plane for competitions around the world.
Mon 29 June, 2020· 10 min read
Single Organ Guideline
Athletes with single organs are permitted to play Rugby pending individual assessment and clearance by the appropriately qualified medical practitioner. This clearance must consider the available published information on the risks of participation, the current health of the athlete and the potential negative impact of accidental collision. This guideline only applies to athletes whose single organ is normally functioning and includes (but is not limited to) the following organs - eyes, kidneys, testicle, ovaries.
Mon 29 June, 2020· 1 min read
Lightning Safety Guideline
This guideline advises on the steps to take when playing rugby in close proximity to lightning
Mon 29 June, 2020· 3 min read
Pregnancy and Rugby Guideline
This guideline has been produced to provide background information and guidance for pregnant women playing Rugby.
Mon 29 June, 2020· 1 min read
Player Welfare Videos
Sat 1 January, 2022
Rugby and Brain Health
A short film on Rugby and Brain Health hosted by IRP representatives Sene Naoupu and Dr Jamie Roberts joined by brain health experts from around the world.
Rugby and Brain Health
World Rugby Medical Commission Conference - Professor Willie Stewart
World Rugby Medical Commission Conference 2021
World Rugby Medical Commission Conference - Sene Naoupu
World Rugby Medical Commission Conference - Professor Craig Ritchie
Head Impact Detection Study | World Rugby
Contact Training Load Guidelines | World Rugby
Contact Training Load | Stuart Lancaster, Joe Schmidt, Dr Éanna Falvey, Alan Gilpin
Contact Player Load | Dr Éanna Falvey, World Rugby
Tackle Ready Programme