Con­cus­sion rates drop at Rugby World Cup

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World Rugby’s clam­p­down on high and danger­ous tack­les has re­sulted in a 12 per cent re­duc­tion in con­cus­sion­re­lated in­ci­dents at the 2019 World Cup, com­pared with four years ago. The av­er­age num­ber of in­jury re­place­ments has dropped from 2.08 per match at the 2015 event to 1.13 in Ja­pan, while con­cus­sion rates are down by 35 per cent when com­pared to elite com­pe­ti­tion lev­els last sea­son. World Rugby added that no de­layed con­cus­sions have been re­ported. Con­cus­sion rates at the tour­na­ment are 10.5 con­cus­sions per 1,000 player hours, com­pared with 12.5 in 2015. World Rugby chair­man Bill Beau­mont said: “Our com­mit­ment to player wel­fare is un­wa­ver­ing and a core pil­lar of our strate­gies is to re­duce in­juries.”

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