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

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

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Player Welfare opens 2023 player welfare research funding application process has today launched its 2023 call for applications to fund research projects with the aim of promoting evidence-based enhancements in player welfare priority areas, including concussion. Research funded by has seen the game benefit from a greater breadth of sport specific research into player welfare than any other sport.
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Tue 7 February, 2023
· 1 min read
Australia v New Zealand - O'Reilly Cup

Player Welfare

Rugby World Cup 2021 to set new benchmark for player welfare

Rugby World Cup 2021 will kick off this week, with the best rugby players in the world, supported by the most advanced player welfare standards ever delivered at a rugby event.  Player welfare is’s number one priority and the international federation is using the tournament to help improve the level of rugby specific, academic research on head impacts in the women.
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Thu 6 October, 2022
· 2 min read
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B

Player Welfare moves to aid the flow of the game by trialling limits on non-playing personnel

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