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England Rugby, England Rugby Schools and Kent Schools Rugby are committed to player safety

"RugbySafe is RFU’s overarching player safety and wellbeing programme to support clubs, schools, colleges, universities and participants at all levels of the game"

It has five strands: Learn more about Rugby Safe

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December 2016: World Rugby’s new law application and sanctions to improve safety with head contact
World Rugby has announced new law application and sanctions which will come into effect across the game from 3rd January, 2017, concerning players making contact with opponents’ heads.
For more information and guidance on implementing the new law, application guidelines can be found here
The new measures come as a positive contribution to the game and support the research and work that the RFU does to ensure rugby is as safe as possible, with player welfare at the heart. As a result of these changes, World Rugby has announced amendments to the disciplinary process and regulations that all Unions are required to adopt from January 3.

 RugbySafe eNewsletter:

Please see the link to the RugbySafe Newsletter, 2019 content:

Concussion Education Programme Research
Schools Injury Surveillance and Prevention Programme
Being a RugbySafe School

Health & Safety: The general responsibility

Health & Safety policy in a school is the responsibility of the governors, with delegation to the head teacher, so rugby health & safety policy will normally be a part of that

However, it is worth keeping an eye on the RFU guidance which although almost exclusively referring to clubs has some important points for schools to note so that rugby teachers are well briefed about the issues and obligations

Careful refereeing plays a big part in keeping youngsters safe
Do you know anybody who would like to become a rugby referee or who is interested in understanding more about the game?