Rugby World are today reporting the results of a three-season long investigation into the frequency of injuries in the Top 14 across three seasons, from 2012/13 to 2014/15. The investigation was commissioned by the LNR (custodians of the Top 14 and the Pro D2) and the French Rugby Federation.
The report considered an injury as one that forced a player to end his participation in a game, and recorded an aggregate of 2,028 injuries.
The results revealed that the front row accounted for 26% of all injuries, with the hooker the most affected. Hookers recorded more blood, neck and knee injuries than players in any other position.
Elsewhere, the frequency of concussions remained stable across the three seasons, with an average of two per weekend.
The player most susceptible to concussion was the fly-half, with 24 out-halves suffering concussion across the seasons. These were recorded across a time period which also
The next most susceptible to concussion was the hooker, with 20 recorded in the report. Fly-halves were most prone to muscular injuries, with loosehead props suffering the highest amount of shoulder problems.
Conversely, the position which featured the lowest frequency of injuries was 14. Right wingers suffered a total of 60 injuries, the next-lowest was inside-centre with 62.
The full results are here: