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World Rugby cautions against linking Premiership injuries with law changes | Sport

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World Rugby says it is too early to draw a link between the spate of injuries sustained in the Premiership this season and the new global law changes, following research by the Rugby Football Union that suggests otherwise.

An RFU “game trends summary data” report, revealed by the Daily Telegraph, found an increase in the average number of tackles (11.4%) and “involvements” (8.8%) per match, as well as ball-in-play time in the first five weeks of the season, while the number of collisions per match is also up.

Jamie Roberts, the Harlequins and Wales centre and a qualified doctor, is among those to suggest that the increases are as a result of the law changes introduced in the northern hemisphere in August, designed to make the game “simpler to play and referee, as well as further promoting player welfare”, and are contributing to the glut of recent injuries that has left a number of Premiership squads decimated. Billy Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi are among the high-profile…



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