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World rugby extends enforced break for concussed players from seven to 12 days

World rugby extends mandatory break for players with concussions from seven to 12 days – and the new rules will be in effect for upcoming Wallabies test matches against England

  • Change will take effect from July 1 – the day before Wallabies v England test
  • World Rugby boss Alan Gilpin welcomed the rule change; the player’s well-being is vital
  • Will also apply to All Blacks v Ireland clash at Eden Park in Auckland on 2nd July

World Rugby has extended the break for professional players with concussions from seven to 12 days.

The changes will be implemented by the sport’s world governance from July 1, meaning they will be implemented the following day for the Wallabies test against England at the Optus Stadium in Perth.

The decision follows recommendations from an independent concussion working group that followed a review of the latest scientific evidence.

As it stands, players who failing a head injury assessment during a match can be back on the field seven days later – if they follow return-to-game protocols.

These new criteria will also apply to the clash between Ireland and All Blacks at Eden Park on July 2, as well as the Wallaroos’ upcoming matches against New Zealand.

World Rugby has extended the break for professional players with concussions from seven to 12 days.  They will be enforced for the Wallabies test against England at Perth's Optus Stadium on July 2, with skipper Michael Hooper (pictured left)

World Rugby has extended the break for professional players with concussions from seven to 12 days. They will be enforced for the Wallabies test against England at Perth’s Optus Stadium on July 2, with skipper Michael Hooper (pictured left)

The new concussion changes from early next month were praised by World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin (pictured, Saracens' Alistair Hargreaves leaves the field after suffering a mid-match concussion)

The new concussion changes from early next month were praised by World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin (pictured, Saracens’ Alistair Hargreaves leaves the field after suffering a mid-match concussion)

dr. Éanna Falvey, World Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer, said the changes will bring a new way of thinking to coaches and players.

“Our approach means that it is now overwhelmingly likely that a player with a concussion will not play in their team’s next game,” she told the newspaper. ABC.

“We recognize that there are differences in concussion symptoms and concussion history, and this process allows us to further protect elite players by individualizing their rehabilitation.”

The concussion changes from early next month were also praised by World Rugby chief Alan Gilpin.

“There will always be headbutts and there will always be concussions in rugby so we will never eradicate that because of the nature of the sport we have,” he said.

“The sport does its best to protect and monitor the safety and well-being of players. ‘We are making progress. There are many areas where we have progressed. You can never do too much in this area.’

In Australian rugby matches, a player suspected of having a concussion will receive a blue card from the match referee and will not be allowed to take part in the match again.

The card is a direct visual cue to team support personnel and must be recorded by team officers.

It also triggers a medical process off the field to begin.

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