Premiership Rugby Supports Injury Prevention Measures

January 5, 2017

Premiership Rugby has backed a new set of measures designed to reinforce World Rugby’s zero-tolerance approach to contact with the head in the sport.

Based on an extensive research programme covering matches played between 2012 and 2015, World Rugby has redefined illegal high challenges and strengthened sanctions for those deemed culpable of high challenges.

There will now be a minimum penalty for reckless and accidental contact with the head, lowering the legal maximum height of the tackle. The new guidelines will be upheld at all levels of the game, and will be supported by a global education programme designed to improve safety in tackling.

Rugby-related injuries are not rising, but those in control of the game hope their new rules and sanctions will be a positive step for the safety of players at all levels of the game.