Rugby Union and Rugby League Mandatory Medical Equipment : 2023 Update and What to Buy

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Rugby League and Rugby Union have released their updated Mandatory Medical Equipment (MME) lists for teams to follow and ensure they have ample first aid supplies for the most common and dangerous rugby injuries. Elite and professional rugby teams use these lists, and they must be strictly followed for compliance with national governing bodies and to provide players the highest protection and confidence.

Sterosport is a sports first aid supplier to elite rugby teams, having developed key equipment and supplies on the feedback of rugby players, coaches, medics, physiotherapists, and sports facility managers. We always stay on the cutting edge of first aid requirements in rugby.

Use this guide to check the equipment you need to make accessible on the pitch at all times and see what you need to order. We supply virtually all the equipment needed.

Rugby Union Mandatory Medical Equipment List 2023

Equipment Products
A Long (Spinal) Board or Split long board (EXL Scoop) with Head Immobiliser and appropriately trained stretcher bearers (those trained by the medical staff to adequately and safely, under the direction of the medical staff, transfer a player onto the stretcher and remove him from the field of play). Spencer Basket Stretcher


Ferno Combi Head Immobiliser

Head Immobiliser

Multi-Grip Disposable Head Immobiliser

Cervical Semi-Rigid Collar(s) – an assortment of collars will be available to fit every player within the Club (extrication collar) or 2 adjustable collars. Soft neck collars are not suitable. Ambu Perfit Ace Extrication Collar

Laerdal Stiffneck Select Adjustable Collar

Splints (For immobilisation of the upper and lower limbs). Ferno Frac Immobilisers

Ferno Vacuum Splints

Loxley Box Splints – Set of 3

SAM Splints

Stethoscope and Sphygmomanometer Twin Tube Sprague Rappaport Stethoscope

Sapphire Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

Airways (selection of the below must be present) Guedel Airways Size 1-4
Oropharyngeal airway (assorted sizes)

Nasopharyngeal airway (assorted sizes)

I-Gel supraglottic airways (assorted sizes)

Pocket mask with one way valve

Bag valve mask

Nasopharyngeal Airways

i-gel Supraglottic Airway

CPR Pocket Mask

Pocket BVM Micro Mask

Nasopharyngeal Airways

i-gel Supraglottic Airway

CPR Pocket Mask

Pocket BVM Micro Mask

Emergency Cricothyroidotomy Device and needle Cricothyroidotomy equipment  
Oxygen – to include variable flow rate oxygen cylinders, bag valve mask device, non re-breath masks, and purpose made carrier  
Entonox with patient self-administration system in purpose made carrier Entonox
Portable Suction (can be hand held or powered). EVAC-S Suction Device
Suture Kits and Equipment – must be disposable sets or sterilised to current national standards. Sterostrip Sutures

Rocialle Suture Pack

Penlight torch Disposable Pen Torch with Pupil Gauge


Deluxe Stainless Steel Reusable Pen Torch

IV giving sets

1l crystalloid (not 5% dextrose)

IV Cannulae (14G-22G)

IV Cannula
Cardiac Defibrillator – this must be either a manual defibrillator or ideally an AED with a manual override and monitor iPAD-SP1 Semi-Automatic Defibrillator
Nebuliser mask and tubing Jet Nebuliser Set
Crutches Crutches


Rugby First Aid

Aside from first aid equipment and supplies, the following drug list is also mandatory to be available on matchdays as well as during training.

  • Adrenaline 1mg 1:10,000 pre-filled syringes x 4
  • Adrenaline 500mcg 1:1000 pre-filled syringes x 1 or epi-pen
  • Atropine 1mg or 3mg pre-filled syringe x 1
  • Amiodarone 300mg pre-filled syringe x 1
  • Dextrose 10% 500ml bag x 1
  • Hydrocortisone 100mg ampoules x 2
  • Chlorpheniramine 10mg ampoules x 1
  • Water for injection 10ml ampoules x 5
  • Suitable selection of IV antibiotics
  • Suitable IV anti-emetic x 1
  • Suitable IV analgesia x 2
  • Diazepam 5mg rectal tube x 1
  • Diazemuls 10mg ampoule x 1
  • Salbutamol inhaler x1
  • Salbutamol 5mg nebules x 4
  • Atrovent 500mcg nebules x 2
  • Green/blue/orange needles
  • 1ml, 2ml, 5ml, 10ml syringes

Rugby teams must ensure that drugs on this list are always in date, and the use-by dates must be checked and signed off by the clinical lead responsible on a weekly basis.

Rugby League Mandatory Medical Equipment List 2023

Equipment Products
Spinal board and/or scoop stretcher with trained stretcher bearers, including full Spencer Basket Stretcher

Ferno Combi Head Immobiliser

Head Immobiliser

Multi-Grip Disposable Head Immobiliser

Cervical stiff neck collars: assortment of collars or adjustable collars Ambu Perfit Ace Extrication Collar

Laerdal Stiffneck Select Adjustable Collar

Pelvic binder Should be checked pre-season for sizing, a range of sizes may be required SAM Pelvic Sling II

Prometheus Pelvic Splint

Splints such as box splint SAM splints or vacuum splints Ferno Frac Immobilisers

Ferno Vacuum Splints

Loxley Box Splints – Set of 3

SAM Splints

Airways, Masks, and Oxygenators, etc.

– Oropharyngeal Airways (assorted sizes)

– Nasopharyngeal Airways (assorted sizes)

– Non-rebreathe mask with oxygen tubing (Minimum 2)

– Pocket mask (1-way valve)

– Nebuliser mask with chamber & tubing

– Self-inflating bag – valve mask (with reservoir bag, face masks & oxygen tubing

– Supraglottic airway devices (eg iGel) – assorted sizes

– Airway lubricant gel

– Magills forceps

Guedel Airways Size 1-4

Nasopharyngeal Airways

High Concentration Oxygen Mask

CPR Pocket Mask

Jet Nebuliser Set

Disposable Resuscitator

i-gel Supraglottic Airway

OptiLube Sterile Lubricating Jelly

Magill Forceps

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) with in-date pads & fully charged battery iPAD-SP1 Semi-Automatic Defibrillator
Portable suction hand-held or battery-powered – must be suitable for pitch side use EVAC-S Suction Device
Oxygen: with ability to deliver flow rate oxygen. Such as the BOC CD cylinder or equivalent  
Foil blanket and Ambulance blanket Foil Blanket

Cotton Cellular Blanket

Sharp’s bin & yellow clinical waste bag Sharps Bins

Waste Bags

Penlight torch Disposable Pen Torch with Pupil Gauge

Deluxe Stainless Steel Reusable Pen Torch

Wound care: Must include dressing pack, normal saline irrigation sachets, forceps, suture holder,

scissors, suture materials & local anaesthetic. Staple device, skin glue or other equipment as required

Wound Care Procedure Pack

Sterowash Eyewash and Wound Wash 20ml Pods

4.5″ Martin Splinter Forceps

Sterostrip Sutures

Rocialle Suture Pack

Tuff Cut Scissors

Left Handage Bandage Scissors

Bleach solution, disposable gloves & other ppe needed for medical care Nitrile Powder Free Examination Gloves

Type IIR Face Masks

Penthrox/Entonox as an alternative if Penthrox cannot be obtained, in the event of allergy and for

under 18s where Penthrox is not licensed in UK. Single-use microbiological filters required for EntonoxRo.



In addition to the first aid supplies and equipment here, rugby league teams must also carry the following drugs.

  • 6 vials x: Adrenaline 1:1000 (or adrenaline auto injector)
  • 5 vials x: 10mls water for injection
  • Amiodorone 300mg, 10ml prefilled syringe
  • Adrenalin 1:10,000, 10ml prefilled syringe
  • GTN Sublingual Spray
  • 1 x 10mg Rectal diazepam
  • 5 vials x Salbutamol UDV (Unit Dose Vial) 5mg per 2mls
  • Box of 300mg Aspirin – oral (antiplatelet effect for use in Myocardial Infarctions)
  • 10% Glucose, 500mls
  • IV fluids 500ml sodium chloride 0.9%
  • IV giving/ infusion set
  • Tourniquet x 2
  • Needles (3 of each size) Green (21G), Blue (23G) Orange (25G)
  • Syringes (2 of each size) – 10ml, 5ml, 3ml or 2.5ml, 1ml
  • Cannulas (minimum of 4 in different sizes) – 14G, 16G, 18G, 20G, 22G

Sterosport: Elite Team Partnership

Partnering with Sterosport, rugby first aid procurers can get access to some incredible benefits they won’t find anywhere else, all from a leading first aid supplier.

  • A dedicated pricelist entirely bespoke to your unique requirements, always accessible through your account portal.
  • Consultation via your dedicated account manager to help you determine exactly what you need to keep your team and facility covered.
  • If you’re in the North West, we’ll also come and perform a risk assessment on-site. We will also visit to install your equipment free of charge. If you’re not based in the North West, we will provide detailed guidance on how to do this.
  • Access to the Injury Rehab Network for professional, exclusive online and offline CPD, resources, and networking opportunities.
  • Notification when certain items in your supplies are reaching their use-by date.
  • Offers and promotions relevant to you.



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