19 Feb 2021

New lobby group confronts World Rugby over player welfare

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 19 February 2021

A new international lobby group has been formed to push for urgent changes in rugby union rules to protect players from traumatic brain injuries. The group is made up of current and former players, coaches, doctors, club representatives, referees,  sponsors, politicians and teachers at rugby-playing schools and includes former New Zealand international Geoff Old.

 Progressive Rugby, as the group is known, is proposing a raft of changes to game rules, training protocols, better concussion management and the establishment of a concussion welfare fund. Meanwhile up to 150 former rugby players have reportedly joined a landmark legal case is being taken in the UK against World Rugby and some other governing bodies.

Kathryn speaks with two of the key founders of Progressive Rugby- former Canadian International, Jamie Cudmore and Bill Ribbans, British orthopaedic surgeon and Professor of sports and exercise medicine.

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  [Jamie Cudmore, former Canadian international rugby player, and part of the new lobby group Progressive Rugby ] Photo: Wikipedia