The End of Bulking Up Players?

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The LV Cup has developed into something very different to what it originally was. In its previous incarnation in the amateur days of the John Player/Pilkington/Powergen Cup it was the premier domestic rugby competition, indeed until the advent of a league system it was the only senior domestic competition. From 2006, it evolved into the […] READ MORE


NFL and CFL Partners on Concussion Testing

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NFL and CFL Partners on Concussion Testing: King-Devick Test already on CFL Sidelines this season The Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) are partnering on implementing additional concussion tests during CFL games and practices this season, it was announced today. In addition to ongoing education, research and medical response protocols already in […] READ MORE


How the Appeal Process Can Change the Game

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After it was revealed at the weekend that Nathan Hughes would no longer face a three week ban for his incident involving George North in March’s Northampton Saints v Wasps clash, analysing other recent disciplinary cases with similar circumstances can highlight the importance of the appeal process. In Hughes’ case, the initial ban was for […] READ MORE


Chris Borland Retires from NFL

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The following press release comes from the San Francisco 49ers. 49ers LB Chris Borland to Retire from NFL The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that linebacker Chris Borland will retire from the National Football League. “While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris’ decision,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “From speaking with Chris, it was […] READ MORE


An Interview with Referee, Hayden Sarjeant

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Hayden Sarjeant is a 42 year old Maintenance Manager with Jaguar Land Rover and father to two boys.  At weekends (and the occasional evening, if required), he’s a Level 6 Referee.  I spent an hour with him this morning and asked him a LOT of questions about being ‘Sir’. But first, his credentials:  Hayden played rugby from the age […] READ MORE


World Rugby Miss Precedent Chance

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George North should not have been let back onto the field on Friday night; we are all in agreement there. As 109 kg of muscle limply hit the Millennium Stadium turf last Friday, most viewers missed the incident until the slow-motion replay. It obviously looks worse in slow-motion but it allowed us to see the […] READ MORE


Rugby – Football With No Pads?

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For rugby fans living in Canada, there is a particular observation which one becomes very accustomed to hearing. “Rugby is crazy! It’s like football with no pads!” Certainly, to the untrained eye it is easy to muddle up rugby with football; both are played on grass fields (artificial or natural) which are almost the same […] READ MORE


What Can Be Done to Prevent Youth Level Concussion?

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There are over 3,000 results highlighted in a Google search into the research and studies dealing with concussion in a collision sport, with rugby being the main focus sport. A good portion of these results deals with youth incidents and the the effects of serious head knocks. These research papers have been written by people […] READ MORE


Rugby – The Future of Concussion Assessment

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The study of a concussion goes back to ancient Greek times and had been studied as an immediate injury, in other words, an injury that is treated within moments or hours of the initial event. It wasn’t clear whether there was a long term effect of these injuries until former players of the NFL began […] READ MORE


Concussion In Rugby

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It’s always a hot topic of discussion, but the subject of concussion in rugby continues to overshadow the sport. More and more high-profile players are voicing their opinions on the protocol and regulation that surround concussion, which brings it even more into the spotlight. Gone are the days where it was seen as part and […] READ MORE