Rugby World Cup 2019 player welfare approach delivered significant concussion reduction World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has praised “hugely encouraging” player welfare results from Rugby World Cup 2019 that demonstrate a 28 per cent reduction in overall concussion incidence and a 37 per cent reduction in tackle concussion incidence compared to the current elite competition average. Japan 2019 was the first Rugby World Cup to feature the High Tackle Sanction Framework. Born of outcomes from the largest-ever study into concussion cause in rugby, the framework is an evidence-based process designed to aid a reduction in concussion risk by changing player behaviour from high-risk uprightRead More →

SOIL and WATER – BACK to BASICS By Bruce Brockway, Secretary Land Drainage Contractors Association We all know what we mean by ‘soil and water’ but it only refers to two of the three ingredients necessary for plant growth – the third being ‘air’. If you only have the first two you have a drainage problem! The purpose of drainage could be said to introduce air into soil. Plant roots need soil, water and air to be able to absorb nutrients from the soil. As a growing medium soil should consist of roughly 50% particles, 25% water, and 25% air. The water and air shouldRead More →

Kings Cross Steelers WORLD’S FIRST GAY MENS RUGBY CLUB EMERGES UNDEFEATED FROM 2017-2018 LEAGUE SEASON The Kings Cross Steelers Rugby Football Club, the world’s first gay rugby union team, capped off its most successful regular league season to finish top of the Essex Canterbury Jack league table, earning a promotion to the London Essex 3 for the 2017-2018 season – the highest league level played of any gay and inclusive rugby team in the U.K. Alex Smith, Kings Cross Steelers Club Chairman, said: “The Kings Cross Steelers continues to go from strength to strength. Promotion this season has been a great achievement and is testimonyRead More →