RugbySafe, supported by Simplyhealth, is the RFU’s overarching player
safety and wellbeing programme. It puts player welfare at the heart of the
game and covers how to organise and manage the game so that it is played
in a safe and enjoyable manner.
We know that prevention is better than cure. RugbySafe provides guidance and resources for all rugby activity organisers on what needs to be in place. Together with Simplyhealth, we recognise that mental and physical wellbeing go hand in hand with developing a positive player welfare culture and keeping the rugby community healthy.
Clubs and all organisers of rugby activities have a responsibility towards the health and safety of players, staff and volunteers. Appropriate measures for training, first aid provision and equipment should be in place to ensure that rugby union is delivered to the highest standards in a safe and enjoyable environment.
There are numerous videos to support the RugbySafe toolkits. These include videos on guidance, first aid, mental wellbeing and research.
The RugbySafe Toolkits are a series of online and downloadable resources designed to provide information and guidance on various player welfare topics. The toolkits are separated into 'bite-size' topics to provide information and guidance to support clubs and other rugby activity organisers in delivering best practice.
Information on the RFU’s specifically designed Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS) course for healthcare professionals. As well as information for clubs on what to look out for when recruiting healthcare professionals.
HEADCASE aims to increase understanding and provide information on concussion and other related topics, including how to prevent and manage suspected concussions.
The new look HEADCASE resources for the 2023/24 season include an essential guide and extended guidance, an online education module, and posters/pitch-side cards.
Activate is an injury prevention exercise programme that should be integrated into all training and pre-match sessions. Exercises are designed to improve functional and core strength, balance and agility, helping players with the game’s physical demands.
The Activate programme includes Activate Kids (U7 – U12), Activate Youth (U13 – U18) and Activate Adult.
A toolkit containing information from mental health organisations to help keep the rugby community healthy by promoting healthy discussion around mental wellbeing and signposting those who need it to expert advice.
The RFU is constantly engaged with research into player safety, we commission independent studies, as well as conducting our own research, and collaborate with other sports and rugby unions. The Research page provides information on current research, how clubs and communities can get involved, and access to published reports.