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Player Welfare Guidelines

World Rugby Player Welfare Guidelines

Medical and non-medical guidelines that outline best practice in player welfare.

Use the menu to navigate through World Rugby's medical and non-medical guidelines outlining best practice in player welfare.

World Rugby take the following steps with developing player welfare guidelines:

  1. Identify welfare risks to players.
  2. Investigate ways to reduce these risks.
  3. Develop and approve best practice.
  4. Share best practice guidelines.

Best practice guidelines cover numerous medical and non-medical topics, which World Rugby continue to review, update, and expand when new knowledge comes to light.

Guidelines are available to help Unions share best practice with stakeholders, and Unions may adapt the advice in the guidelines to meet their needs.

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
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Tue 21 June, 2022
"Gold standard" Dr Bob Cantu on elite rugby's new Graduated Return to Play protocols