May 03, 2021
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FRU sets up player welfare course

Fiji Rugby Union has created a new pathway to allow match officials to focus on player welfare by taking up First Aid courses.

The change was seen effective in the first two rounds of the Skipper Provincial Cup competition and the INKK Farebrother Challenge.

Two separate games in the Skipper Provincial rugby competition witnessed separate incidents where the players suffered potential injuries during head clashes in a tackle situation and the referees’ in both games applied their First Aid knowledge before the medical team arrived.

Fiji Rugby Development Manager Koli Sewabu said referees can also be the first responders in any incident in the field regarding the players’ injuries.

“From the last two games we’ve noticed how referees’ were the first responders, knowing what to do in a situation where there is potential high risk of injuries which can also lead to catastrophic injuries or even loss of life if not addressed professionally."

“In Fiji almost all the referees’ are going through First Aid in rugby courses (FAIR Level 1) accreditation and I believe that was witnessed in the first two Farebrother Games where both referees David Vosalevu and Aisake Drekeni both jumped in consecutively in the first 2 weeks in and applied their First Aid knowledge (MILS) to the two of the players that went down after a head clash.

“That just highlights the importance of players’ welfare which is the priority of World Rugby and also Fiji Rugby," he added.

By Romeka Romena


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