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England  36-6  PNG  FT

Emergency Support

Emergency Support

In the case of a player suffering death or serious injury at a Rugby League game or training session at any level, the referee or a club official should contact one of the RFL Officials listed below as soon as possible within the two hour period immediately after the incident or after the extent of the injury becomes known:

RFL Contacts

KELLY BARRETT: 0773 9819750

EMMA ROSEWARNE: 0785 0483736

GAVIN WILD: 0789 1311251

STEVEN BALL: 077717 32326

For the purposes of this reporting system the following are viewed as serious injuries:

  • Broken neck or spine
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Incident in which the player stops breathing
  • Incident in which the player loses consciousness for a period of more than five minutes
  • Head injuries leading to surgery or a stay of more than 48 hours in hospital
  • Any other injury which is life threatening


The following information should be provided to the RFL Official:

  • Name of the player
  • Age
  • Nature of injury
  • Cause of injury if apparent
  • Venue where injury occurred
  • Contact details for player's family if available
  • Name of player's club
  • Club contact details
  • Hospital to which the player has been taken if known
  • Any other relevant information


The RFL Official will:

  • Inform the RFL Serious Injuries Officer who will make contact with the player's family to see if there is any immediate support the RFL can offer
  • Inform the rest of the group that the injury has occurred
  • Handle enquiries from the media
  • Deal with any requests for immediate assistance for the player's family
  • Inform the RFL Insurance brokers on the first working day after the incident