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Rugby union (rugby) is a popular full-contact team sport played by 8.5 million individuals in 121 countries across the globe (https://www.world.rugby/development/player-numbers). In New Zealand (NZ), rugby is played by 157 218 individuals and engages all genders, ethnicities and socioeconomic diversities throughout the population. A key focus of both the international governing body of rugby (World Rugby) and NZ rugby (NZR) is the improvement of player welfare around common injuries such as concussion. Informed by the guidelines developed following the 2016 Berlin Concussion Consensus,1 World Rugby has developed policies and education programmes to standardise concussion management and promote …
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