World Rugby Announces New HIA Rules

Clamping down.

World Rugby has approved an amendment to law making it mandatory for players who undertake an off-field screening under the head injury assessment (HIA) protocol not to return before 10 minutes (actual time) have elapsed.

The amendment comes into effect globally from 26 August and applies to all participating elite adult rugby competitions.*

It amends the previous time stipulation, which included no minimum requirement. 

The current average time for the screening to be undertaken by a team or independent doctor comes in at around seven minutes.

*The Rugby Championship 2017, which kicks off this weekend, will operate with the amendment in advance of the global implementation date.