The RFU commends World Rugby’s new law application and sanctions which will come into effect across the game from January 3, 2017, concerning players making contact with opponents’ heads.

“The new measures come as a positive contribution to the game and support the research and work that we do to ensure rugby is as safe as possible, with player welfare at the heart,” said Dr Mike England, the RFU’s Community Rugby Medical Director.

“It is the responsibility of players to be accountable for their behaviour and action on the pitch, coaches in ensuring they are coaching safe and appropriate techniques and match officials need to be vigilant and strict when it comes to players making direct contact with opponents’ heads.”

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 3rd January 2017.

The RFU, including representatives of the professional and semi-professional leagues and the Constituent Body Disciplinary Panels, contributed to the consultation process.

For more information on the changes please click this link:


Rugby Safe and Don’t Be a Headcase Concussion Resources

The RFU’s RugbySafe scheme encapsulates all RFU player safety and wellbeing projects to support clubs, colleges, schools, universities and participants at all levels of the game.

If not done so already, The ERFSU encourages all education institutions to familiarise themselves with the guidance provided, as well as taking the concussion module.

Further information on Rugby Safe and the Headcase Concussion guidance can be found here: