Welfare lesson for rugby pros

ALL professional rugby union players in England must complete an online concussion education programme ahead of the 2014-15 season.

Players and coaches at teams playing in the top two tiers of English rugby, plus those at regional academy teams, will complete the programme amid growing concerns over player welfare as a result of sustaining concussion during a match.

Simon Kemp, chief medical officer at governing body the RFU, said: “This initiative is designed to broaden understanding and facilitate the further cultural change needed across the game.”