Player Welfare

The RFU takes player welfare very seriously and it is at the heart of all the training we deliver to coaches, referees and medics, at all levels of the game

As the World Rugby laws manual states, however, rugby union is a sport which involves physical contact. Any sport involving physical contact has inherent dangers. It is very important that players play the game in accordance with the laws of the game and be mindful of the safety of themselves and others.

It is the responsibility of players to ensure that they are physically and technically prepared in a manner which enables them to play the game, comply with the laws of the game and participate in accordance with safe practices.

It is the responsibility of those who coach or teach the game to ensure that players are prepared in a manner which ensures compliance with the laws of the game and in accordance with safe practices

The sections above can help players and those who support them to understand more about how to prevent, recognise and manage injuries as well as learn about the positive health benefits of rugby.

The RFU is committed to improving player welfare through the evaluation and management of injuries. Central to this are effective Injury and Illness surveillance programmes.

You can read the latest Community Rugby Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project (CRISP) here.

The report, which has been produced since 2002 and is the most comprehensive injury dataset in professional rugby union, found that the overall risk of match and training injury across Premiership Rugby clubs remained within the “expected range” of season-by-season variation.

The RFU Community Rugby Injury Surveillance Project is now in its eighth year, examining data from over 100 grassroots clubs, playing at levels 3-9.

The report shows the key finding that within community rugby the injury rate significantly decreases as the club's league level lowers. This study is used to inform our coach education programmes such as Rugby Ready and the online coaching academy, which will contain significant elements on injury prevention.

You can also read the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project here


The site is designed to give aspiring young rugby players the foundations of good nutrition. Content includes information on pre-match and recovery, getting the right hydration, and some ideas for shopping and menu choices.

The ’10 nutrition commandments’ outline the basics of a good diet, with the science behind also highlighted. There is a mini quiz to test your knowledge and share through social media.

The content strongly backs up the Rugby Football Union’s ‘food first approach’ for all it players, especially those of school age.

The content has been developed by Liverpool John Moores University in conjunction with the Rugby Football Union. LJM’s also provide practical advise and develop the nutritional content for the England age grade and senior teams, providing a consistent message across the game.

Simply go to on to find out more.