Player Welfare

The HKRU Player Welfare Department is responsible for helping to provide an environment within our rugby community which nurtures both physical and mental wellbeing.

Player Welfare is anything which affects the physical or mental wellbeing of a player.

Mental Wellbeing means feeling good – both about yourself and the world around you and evidence suggests that there is a link between being physically active and good mental wellbeing.

With this in mind HKRU aims to be pro-active and focus on preventive measures by raising awareness and facilitating education around this essential area of health at all age groups from minis through youth and tertiary to senior leagues and national team players.

Below you will find valuable information and resources as well as links to other organisations who are able to provide further expert, specialist advice.


The HKRU Player Welfare and Medical (PW&M) team has created a new campaign, “SMARTRugby” to raise awareness in the community around key aspects of Player Welfare

Safe Guarding

Mental Health

Away From Injury

Return To Play

Team Spirit


HKRU are dedicated to ensuring the highest standards of care are provided to players when they sustain injuries. In order to ensure these standards can continue to be delivered we have teamed up with Return2Play, providers of a leading injury management software.

The Return2Play system is an easy-to-use tool which allows injuries to be recorded, details to be automatically communicated to those who need to know within the player’s club and school, and for their recovery to be tracked. For concussions, players are guided through the recovery pathway and linked with approved doctors to undertake the required return to sport assessments.

Importantly, the system enables HKRU, clubs and schools to review injuries over time, look for trends and consider what can be done to reduce the chance of injuries happening in the first place. 


Player Welfare

Safety in the Playing Environment

Rugby is a collision sport that requires a fit, trained and skilled participant in order to reduce the risk of injury. In addition, the playing environment needs to be suitable and hazard-free, with the correct supporting personnel at hand in order to minimise injury and enhance safety. This document aims to give practical guidelines to coaches and referees to allow play to take place in a safe environment.

Injury Prevention

As a Governing body, Hong Kong Rugby Union, takes player welfare extremely seriously and regularly make improvements to enhance safety while striving to ensure that all players can access the best care if injuries do occur. We recognise the concern of parents about risks associated with sport and contact sport in particular however we believe, our players are safer now than ever.



Concussion Policy

Players suffering from concussion may not return to play until:

All their symptoms have cleared They have followed the Graduated Return to Play (GRTP) protocol They have been medically cleared to return


Concussion Statement

HKRU places player welfare above all else in our game.

We are aware of the controversies regarding concussion in contact sports. As early as 2013 we set up a concussion working group comprising medical experts, coaches, referees and players.


Blue Card Concussion Protocol

Referee / Club Protocol
Blue Card Concussion Protocol
Concusion 6R's
Concussion ‘Recognise and Remove’
Recognise & Removal / Blue Card Concussion Protocol
With Match Day Doctor
Without Match Day Doctor


Child Protection Management Self-audit Tool For HKRU Clubs

To measure how far (or near!) your organisation is from meeting the standards on making children safe, and where you need to improve.

Child Protection Management Self Audit Tool For Hkru Clubs

The Role of Safeguarding Officers in HKRU

It is the responsibility of all those involved with rugby in Hong Kong to provide a safe environment for children and young people to enjoy the game.

Download Hong Kong Rugby Union Safeguarding Policy


HKRU Child Protection Referral Form

This form must be filled in as soon as possible after receiving information regarding and incident that may affect the welfare or protection of a child.

Please send the completed form to HKRU Safeguarding Manager - [email protected]

Hkru Child Protection Referral Form


Hong Kong Anti-Doping Committee

HKADC is committed to preserve a doping-free environment for fair play in sport in Hong Kong. HKADC will ensure Hong Kong’s Anti-Doping Rules in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the relevant international regulations.


Keep Rugby Clean

Learn about doping in Rugby and the importance of staying clean. Educational resource on the website will show you all you need to know.



DruginSport is developed and maintained by Hong Kong Anti-Doping Committee (HKADC). It provides athletes and their support personnel with information on the prohibition status of registered pharmaceutical products in Hong Kong.


World Anti Doping Agency

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world.


Mental Health Resources

Our player welfare & medical department has a library of mental health resources available upon request.

Below are details of Hong Kong organisations with whom HKRU has ongoing relationships but please contact us for more detailed information or if you have any questions.

General enquiries: [email protected]
Or contact: [email protected]


The Samaritan Befrienders of Hong Kong

Suicide prevention and life education Emotional support hotline Suicide crisis intervention and counseling services

Hotline Tel: +852 2389 2222


Kely Support Group

Prevention, education and harm reduction Positive youth development Advocacy

Hotline Tel: +852 2521 6890
Website: [email protected]

Mind HK

Mind Hong Kong is an initiative formed out of the Patient Care Foundation
They are committed to improving awareness and understanding of mental health in Hong Kong.