Check Your Environment

We have developed a check list to help identify and eliminate hazards.

The rugby environment includes not only the weather but also the facilities, surfaces and equipment that are being used. Make sure you assess all these factors before play or training starts.


Check your training/game day field
  • Are the facilities large enough for play/training?
  • Make sure that perimeter fencing, and advertising boards are not too close to the playing area.
  • Make sure spectators and vehicles are well away from the playing area, which is roped off.


Check the playing surface
  • The ground should be level and free of holes.
  • There should be no exposed sprinkler heads.
  • There should be no broken glass, rubbish or stones.
  • If possible, excessively muddy and boggy areas are avoided.
  • Artificial surfaces should be free of surface water and debris such as sand, gravel and leaves.


Check the equipment you are using
  • Goal posts should be padded.
  • Marker flags need to have flex on impact with no sharp edges.
  • Scrum and ruck machines are in good condition and well-maintained.


Players, coaches and referees need to be prepared for the weather.
  • Players need to wear adequate clothing during warm-up and cool-down.
  • Players (especially younger players) should consider if they need to wear polypropylene under the team uniform to reduce heat loss in cold weather.
  • During wet and/or windy weather players need to wear waterproof or windproof tracksuits during training sessions and before and after a competition.
  • If it’s hot and humid additional water breaks should be considered.