The Blue Card initiative is an important process to ensure player welfare and will be in force from the 2017 Rugby Union Season. This page is intended for ARRA referees.
In addition to Rugby Smart, all ARRA Referees are must complete the Blue Card training and presentation.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Full ARRA members who have advanced from “First Year” referee status
The designated referee for the game
The referee’s ability to issue a Blue Card ends at the final whistle, it is an “on-field” process
WHY A BLUE CARD?
The Blue Card aims to:
Enhance player safety and welfare Improve concussion management
Support player recovery and long-term health
The Blue Card Concussion Initiative extends player welfare protocols
It helps everyone in rugby better manage this potentially serious injury
It makes it clear to all players and coaching staff of a suspected concussion
WHAT’S THE BLUE CARD?
Player welfare is NZ Rugby’s priority which is why the Blue Card Concussion Initiative is being implemented by Auckland Rugby.
Concussion can be serious and requires proper rest and management. Referees must issue a Blue Card to players who sustain a head knock during a rugby game and demonstrate symptoms of concussion.
The Blue Card is there to Enhance player safety and welfare and initiate a formal “Return to Play” process for a player who has sustained a concussion or suspected concussion.
It is an “On – Field” process only and can only be issued by a registered / trained referee.
The referee is unable to issue a Blue Card after the final whistle, concussion monitoring is the responsibility of everyone involved in the game and it is expected that Team Management and the playing community assist in this process.
BLUE CARD OVERVIEW – DR STEPHEN KARA
The full importance of the Blue Card initiative is explained by Dr Stephen Kara, The Blues and Auckland Rugby’s team doctor:
BLUE CARD – REFEREE RESPONSIBILITIES
Auckland Rugby Referee’s Match Officials Manager, Smudge McNeilage, is here to provide an overview of the process and outlines that Referees are being requested to assist in the overview of player welfare:
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
When issued a Blue Card, the player must leave the field of play and cannot return during the match. A substitution can be immediately made. A player, already substituted may return to the field as per Law 3.12 and to “Recognise and Remove” the risk of Concussion to players.
Referees should mark the Team Card indicating a Blue Card has been issued against the player and submit a Serious Injury Report as soon as possible.