The Rugby Discussion – Blue Cards

Concussion is a key issue in rugby at the moment and no more so than at the amateur level. A new initiative is being trailed where the referee has a blue card he can show to a player he suspects is concussed or has suffered a head injury. Here is my discussion with Paul Alexander on blue... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Player Welfare

Player welfare has been a key topic this week with Dr Willie Stewart of World Rugby's Independent Concussion Advisory Group saying that the protocols are not fit for purpose. Also Paul Thorburn came out and said "World Rugby has created a monster". Here are my thoughts on Player Welfare from my Live Stream on Periscope earlier. https://youtu.be/jg51a_uFz80 Support DrivingMaul As... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Concussion & Culture in Rugby

Last week I talked about Concussion and the language used by commentators and players around it. George Penn replied on Twitter about the culture of players in the game and the change that's needed there. Here are my thoughts on the culture around concussion in rugby from my Live Stream on Periscope earlier. https://youtu.be/Wt-2ECE4bgc Support DrivingMaul As Patron @EsseHunter... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Concussion & “Doing The Right Thing”

At the weekend during the France v Scotland 6 Nations game we heard the commentators saying that the medics were "Doing The Right Thing" taking a player off for an HIA. This tone suggests that there might be an option not to & I think that language needs to change. Here are my thoughts on... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Concussion & Scrum Caps

Recently there was a school game in Ireland that was abandoned after 3 players suffered concussion. This has led a senior to suggest that scrum caps should be compulsory. Here are my thoughts on that from Periscope earlier as scrum caps don't protect against concussion. https://youtu.be/1Q3r0-lnVi0 Here is a link to the news story of the match... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Player Welfare in Japan

Richard Freeman forwarded me an article he'd written about the use of the HIA in the All-Japan Championship final. Player welfare is something that I feel passionately about and so I took to Periscope to help spread the word. Here are my thoughts on the lack of the HAI protocols in the All-Japan Championship final that I first... Continue Reading →

Rugby Thoughts – NRC, LV=Cup and concussion again!

In my rugby thoughts this week I'm brain dumping on 6 Nations kicking table again,  concussion again, analysis again, LV=Cup again and the NRC for the first time! 6 Nations kicking and tackling table Similar to last time we looked at the kicking table is a good predictor to actual positions in the 6 nations... Continue Reading →

Rugby Thoughts – Abuse, Concussion and #hashtagtivism

In my weekly brain dump I'll be going back to look at the 6 Nations kicking table as well as the round 1 Super Rugby upsets we covered in #RugbyChat. Also looking at some stories on ref abuse, #Finnocent and concussion again. 6 Nations kicking table Last week I talked about analytics and that the... Continue Reading →

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