Rugby has yellow and red cards. White cards were tried out before. Now prepare yourself for the blue card. The latest initiative by SA Rugby is aimed at targeting and managing the scourge of concussion in rugby. The blue card‚ which signals players who need to be removed from the field due to a concussion or suspected concussion‚ will be rolled out across SA in the next few weeks at all levels of the game. The only exception will be elite adult tournaments or matches in which World Rugby has approved the use of head injury assessments (HIA). The blue card‚ which serves as a visual aid on correct onfield concussion management‚ has been implemented successfully at the SA Rugby youth weeks over the past two years. This has prompted it to be extended to school and club level‚ the SA Rugby junior provincial championships and the Currie Cup first division. This decision was made in consultation with medical experts‚ key rugby safety stakeholders and SA Rugby’s rugby department. The blue-c...

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