Enhancing player safety and welfare is a primary concern and responsibility of Rugby Ontario. Consequently, all matches played under the jurisdiction of Rugby Ontario must comply with World Rugby Concussion Guidelines. To assist in player safety and welfare, in 2019 Rugby Ontario will be piloting the introduction of the Blue Card.
WHAT IS A BLUE CARD?
The Blue Card is a process initiated on field by the Match Official when a player has been removed from the field of play due to a suspected concussion in accordance with Law 3.22 or Law 3.24. The Blue Card has been already successfully introduced in Australia, New Zealand and France.
The pilot with be conducted in all Marshall, OWL, McCormick Cup and OWL Cup 1st team matches during the 2019 season, with the intention to introduce it throughout competitions conducted under the jurisdiction of Rugby Ontario in the 2020 season.