The Rugby Football Union’s Commitment to Player Welfare

RugbySafe is RFU’s overarching player safety and wellbeing programme to support clubs, schools, colleges, universities and participants at all levels of the game. It has five different strands all of which contribute and provide input to how the game should be played and managed to ensure that rugby is as safe as possible.

Values & Culture

Provides information on how the embedding of the core values and creating a positive culture is a fundamental element to making the game fun and safe. 

Playing Environment

Provides information, guidance and resources for clubs, schools, colleges universities and other rugby activity organisers on what needs to be in place and how provision and other aspects should be managed to enable a fun and safe playing environment.

Education & Development

Provides information on the RFU’s training courses and other development opportunities for coaches, match officials, teachers and other volunteers that increase awareness of the game and key safety elements.

The Game

Provides information, guidance and resources on different playing opportunities, the laws and regulations of the game, and the role these playing in providing a fun and safe game for all.


Provides information on the different research that the RFU is engaged with, key findings and how these findings are being used to inform in game.

RugbySafe Advice Line

The RFU health advice line provides information on player health and welfare where related to rugby and is suitable for coaches, players and parents. Enquires can be made online or by telephone:

Tel: 0870 143 2421

The advice line is not a substitute for one-to-one advice from a healthcare professional, and with regards to a player's match fitness, the advice of the player's general practitioner (or a medical specialist) should always be sought in the first instance.

Relevant RFU regulations, such as those concerning concussion, should also be followed. The RFU also provides information through this website regarding specific drugs and anti-doping issues.

Any advice provided in relation to specific injuries, illnesses or disabilities is only general advice and it should not be used as a substitute for the individual advice patients receive when they consult their own doctor.