SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Kyle Turner of the Rabbitohs is assisted from the field after a concussion during the round 21 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on August 2, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The NRL will introduce ‘Brain Bunkers’ for the 2019 season in a move to help monitor concussions more effectively.

The concussion spotters will be used in every game to assist doctors in spotting for possible head knocks and to ensure players receive adequate treatment thereafter.

After trialing a range of techniques last season in a bid to reduce concussions, bunkers were seen as the most successful method to determine whether a player needed to exit a game to have a Head Injury Assessment (HIA).

Increasing the protection of players with concussions will legally help the NRL protect itself against retired players who take legal action against the league.

NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley said doctors would still be used on the boundary to assess potential HIAs.

“They are at the ground and in the best position to make a medical decision,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“But player welfare is always our priority and anything which helps identify potential head knocks is positive for the game.”

Annesley was confident that the combination of doctors at the ground and bunkers would put the NRL at the forefront of all sporting codes in monitoring concussions and protecting player’s health.

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  1. How much are these “concussion spotters” going to cost the NRL?
    I bet it will be big bickies and jobs for “friends”.
    I will put up my hand!

  2. NRL should have introduced this in the off season. There are quite a few players that would have benefit from being tested before a night out on the town.

  3. Damn, I read the headline and expected this to be about only people with brains being allowed in the bunker to make decisions… I hope we go the seaon talking more about great games than poor calls on or off field.

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