New Zealand Rugby is currently focusing on eliminating ‘serious injuries’ from the game. Serious injuries are those that have the potential to result in any type of permanent disablement to players.
It is the responsibility of the team coach, manager, or designated ‘Injury Officer’ to ensure that any serious injuries are reported to your Provincial Union. If you are unsure whether the responsibility for completing the report lies with your team or the opposition, SEND ONE IN ANYWAY.
Please remember that the injury forms you complete and return help New Zealand Rugby plan strategies that will reduce the impact injuries have on your team. They also enable proper management of injuries, to ensure that seriously injured players are looked after as effectively as possible.
These injuries must be reported to your local union:
Head or neck injury - transported directly to hospital or medical centre.
Any injury requiring hospital admission.
Any injury requiring 8 weeks off rugby.
New Zealand Rugby Foundation
The New Zealand Rugby Foundation(NZRF) has for over 30 years provided support to NZ Rugby Players (and their families) who suffer serious total and permanent injuries playing our national game. It provides comfort to all players that if the unimaginable happens, there is support and partnership for life.
The focus of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation is:
Care - Improve the quality of life for our VIP (Very Injured Players).
Advocacy – Champion safety in our game.
Sustain our Foundation through world class stewardship.
However the work of the NZRF goes beyond this, to find out more click here