Rugby Safe

RugbySafe is the RFU’s overarching player safety and wellbeing programme, putting player welfare at the heart of the game and covering how the game should be organised and managed to ensure that rugby is played in a safe and enjoyable environment.

RugbySafe provides guidance and resources for all rugby activity organisers on what needs to be in place.  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.

Rugby Safe Toolkits

The RugbySafe Toolkits are a series of online and downloadable resources designed to provide information and guidance on various player welfare topics and provides information and guidance to support clubs and other rugby activity organisers in delivering best practice.

The RugbySafe Toolkits includes information on:

  • Being RugbySafe and the Club RugbySafe Lead role
  • Incident & Injury Reporting
  • RugbySafe Essential Guides & Resources
  • First Aid & Immediate Care Provision and Training
  • Activate
  • Mental Wellbeing Guidance
  • Player Welfare Research

Emergency First Aid Courses.

The ptovision of emergency first aid is now a requiremernt under Regulation 9 for Age Grade Rugby Although it has been known for a number of seasons it is appreciated that adequate numbers of First Aiders may take some time to be trained and therefore it is essential that you have a plan that details how you cover the requirement today and the plan to recruit and train first aiders to fully meet Regulation 9.

There are a number of RFU course tutors within and near Essex CB. You can make initial contact to arrange a course using the link to the map below.   The RFU is currently recruiting more tutors for these courses.

However as an alternative Level 3 First Aid @ Work is acceptable

EFARU Educator Map.

Risk Assessments.

In order to assist Clubs in meeting REgulation 9, the RFU have worked with Howdens to create a tool, that will assist clubs to create a development plan on how they will become compliant with Regulation 9.

The risk assessment proforma can be accessed at The England Rugby Insurance Centre, which is on the Howdens website and can accessed at: //


HEADCASE  – Concussion management

The RFU’s HEADCASE programme aims to increase understanding and provide information on concussion and other related topics, including how to prevent and manage suspected concussions. It is recognised as one of the UK’s leading concussion awareness and education resources.

If in doubt, sit them out

Meet The Team

Chris McFarren

CB Player Safety Manager