The X-Patch, as worn by Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell
The X-Patch, as worn by Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell

Saracens players wore impact-monitoring devices in this weekend's tie against London Irish in a bid to track the threat of concussion among rugby players.

The "X-patches", a microchip type device, were worn behind the ear of each of the backs and back row in what is the first known attempt by a professional rugby union team to monitor knocks to the head.

One element of a programme we’ve initiated is the wearing of these patches behind the ear, which measure the force and impact of any blows to the head.

All we’ve done today is start to collect data. The effects of concussion is a question the game has not dared to ask for fear of what the answers might be.

  • Ed Griffiths, Saracens chief executive
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