Independent doctors will be at all premiership games from this season to help enforce concussion protocol. They will assist club doctors with head injury assessments and have the final say on whether a player can continues.

The system has been in place for sometime in international rugby.

“This new initiative continues the evolution of our player welfare strategy. Our clubs ate at the forefront of the latest player welfare initiatives and with us, will continue to drive world-class standards in the care of our players.

With concussion being the highest reported injury in rugby, with 140 incidences each season, the new rule will not only help and protect clubs and officials but players as well.