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Lewis Moody urges World Rugby to issue clear rules in bid to cut down on concussions

Former England captain Lewis Moody urges World Rugby to issue clear rules on contact during training to reduce concussions as he calls for ‘more and faster’ to improve players’ wellbeing

  • Lewis Moody has called for mandatory guidelines on contact training limits
  • Former Leicester and England star has had his own battles with head trouble
  • New rules mean a player with a concussion will be out for a minimum of 12 days

Lewis Moody has called on World Rugby to introduce mandatory guidelines on contact training limits to reduce head injuries and concussions and improve players’ wellbeing.

This week, the rugby governing body changed their concussion protocols. From July 1, any player who has suffered a concussion will be banned for at least 12 days.

Currently, a player can return to action seven days after a concussion if he complies with return-to-play protocols.

Lewis Moody (above) wants rugby's governing body to do more to improve player wellbeing

Lewis Moody (above) wants rugby’s governing body to do more to improve player wellbeing

Former England captain Moody, who has had his own battles with head problems, told Sportsmail: ‘Does rugby do enough for the good of players? I do not think so. More needs to be done and, most importantly, faster.

“I’ve seen World Rugby make recommendations about the amount of contact training a team should do. It’s pretty clear that the amount of contact a player makes in the week is the most important.

“People might hear me say that and think I’m a hypocrite because I played for Leicester at a time when we had brutal training sessions. But most importantly, we now have new information about the brain and head injuries and how rugby might affect players in the future.’

Last year, World Rugby issued guidelines recommending teams do a maximum of 15 minutes of full-contact training per week for a maximum of two days. But that and other guidelines are a recommendation to teams, not a rule.

Harlequins and Gloucester lead the way in using technology to protect players

Harlequins and Gloucester lead the way in using technology to protect players

“It was interesting to see that Harlequins and Gloucester see an improvement in performance by monitoring training load,” says Moody.

“That should be the way forward and I would like to see World Rugby issue clear guidelines on how many contact teams should be restricted within a week.

“I think the teams should stick to it for the good of the players. It’s time for clear rules and not just for advice or tests.’

Lewis Moody is an ambassador for The Drake Foundation, which is committed to funding research into head injury. Visit: drakefoundation.org

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