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.
Speaking at World Rugby Medical Commission Conference in London on 16-17 November 2021, Professor Willie Stewart talks about the sport's effort to minimise exposure to head injuries and recognise them on the field.