World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin. (Photo by Oisin Keniry – World Rugby via Getty Images)
Elite rugby players will face an increased minimum period of 12 days on the sidelines under toughened concussion protocols announced by World Rugby on Tuesday.
Under the new rules, which come into effect from 1 July, most players diagnosed with concussion would miss their next match.
Currently, a player who fails a head injury assessment could conceivably feature again the following weekend, provided they follow and pass return-to-play protocols.
“The evolved approach will see players with a history of concussion or who are removed from a match with obvious concussion symptoms, sit out from play for a minimum of 12
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