The annual Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) report produced by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby (PRL) and the Rugby Players' Association (RPA), reveals that "during the 2017-18 season, the mean incidence of England training injuries sustained during Rugby Skills was double that of the study period average".
England will be eager to better their fifth place finish in last year's tournament, but the RFU now have their focus on the damning statistics recently surfacing regarding the England rugby team's injury troubles. "The average severity of 30 days was a substantial increase on the mean of the study period as a whole (19 days)".
"We obviously discussed the situation at the PGB a few months ago and what we did as a result of that was look at the transition of players from their club environments into the global environment", said RFU acting chief executive Nigel Melville. We have discussed this and we have looked at the transition of players from their club environment to the England sessions which are of greater intensity. These were looking at potential law changes, the application of laws, a better understanding of injury risk in training and more research on the risk posed by artificial pitches.
The report comes after news that a fourth French player has died within eight months from injuries sustained in a match. Nathan Soyeux, a 23-year-old student, is the latest causality as he passed away in Dijon after he was admitted in the hospital showing adverse reactions following a tackle during game for engineering schools. "We are halfway through the trial so can't report on its effect on concussion yet".More news: Hudson-Odoi 'has no plans' to sign new Chelsea deal
"Around the world you are three times more likely to see a yellow card given for a deliberate knock on than a high tackle", he said.
The average number of days that it now takes to recover from an injury on the professional game is 37, compared with 29 two years ago and an average of 20 for recorded figures the previous decade.
Injuries to England and professional club players have been kept since 2002, and it shows that injury severity has risen steeply overall.
But rugby in general is under the gun over an escalating injury situation.More news: Six Players Manchester United Should Be Looking At For The Next Summer
In total, 38 per cent of all injuries were incurred during training with concussion the most frequent injury in full-contact sessions.
The numbers suggest that there are no more injuries sustained by players who play on artificial grass pitches (AGP), but that those injured on the surface were injured for longer. "We need to progress and accelerate that work".
Concussion accounted for 18% of all injuries to the ball carrier and 37% of all injuries to the tackler, highlighting the tackle as the key game event to consider when developing concussion and all injury reduction strategies.
The report showed that the overall number of injuries in all competitions was slightly higher than the yearly average, but that there had been a steep rise in the number of more severe injuries leading to lengthy absences.More news: Lenovo's Smart Clock is an adorably tiny display with Google Assistant
The report said it was too early to draw conclusions from the lowering of the tackle height experiment being trialled in the Championship Cup in a bid to reduce the number of concussions, but there was still a concern that high tackles were not being policed firmly enough by officials.