Rugby Australia releases new safety guidelines: Weight, size and skill mandatory assessments

NEW age-weight dispensation rules — as well as an expanded concussion system — will be rolled out across Australia in 2018 to ensure that rugby can be a game played by all.

In a significant step in the battle to ensure safety in rugby, all Australian junior rugby players aged between 10 and 15 will be subject to mandatory assessment about whether their size and skill suits their age group or if they need to be moved.

Hitherto, players could be moved two age groups up or one age group down from their age but there was no standard method for determining this.

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