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Catastrophic Injury Task Group Report

In 2006, the RFU Management Board established a Catastrophic Injury Task Group.

Its scope was as follows:

  • To assess catastrophic injuries in all aspects of the game from mini rugby to elite rugby and to ensure that the game is played (whether in matches or when training) in such a way as to seek to eliminate catastrophic injuries whilst maintaining the ethos of the game
  • To review and determine the RFU’s policy and procedures when notified of any players catastrophically or seriously injured when playing (whether in matches or when training) in the community game, in the elite professional game or when on England duty
  • To review and determine the RFU’s policies and procedures in relation to the ongoing support it gives those players catastrophically or very seriously injured when playing matches or in training in the community game, in the elite professional game and when on England duty

The Task Group established three sub-groups to look at:

  • Player safety
  • Policy and procedures when and how the RFU is notified of a very serious or catastrophic injury
  • Ongoing support for those injured very seriously or catastrophically

The Task Group reported to the RFU Management Board in April 2007. Its recommendations were unanimously accepted by the Management Board. The following link provides a downloadable copy of the RFU Catastrophic Injury Task Group Report (PDF 440kB).