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World Rugby Conferences

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.

Latest Player Welfare News
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B

Player Welfare

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.
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Tue 17 May, 2022
· 3 min read
University of Otago study

Player welfare

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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Wed 31 March, 2021
· 4 min read
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Player welfare

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.
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Thu 11 March, 2021
· 3 min read

RWC 2023

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.
Read now on RWC 2023
Mon 22 February, 2021
· 4 min read
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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.
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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.