Doctor duo with World Cup experience

Muizzuddin Yahaya

3 December 2019 – 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan saw two doctors from Malaysia gained valuable experience. Dr Azril Syazwan bin Mohd Ali and Dr S M Wazien Wafa bin S Saadun Tarek Wafa were on duty for 3 Rugby World Cup matches.

The duo is World Rugby Medical Trainer and they are certainly qualified for the task. Dr Azril was on duty for 2 Japan matches. The Asia Rugby Medical Committee was on hand for the Pool A match between Japan and Scotland on 13th October before he returned for the 4th quarter-final on the day South Africa beat Japan. He was the match day doctor for both matches.

Matchday doctor main duty during the World Cup is on replacement due to blood injury in accordance with Regulation 15.2.1 as well as on Pitch-side Head Injury Assessment Protocol (HIA). They are also in demand to apply all sporting regulations, rules, medical standards, guidelines, procedures, policies and protocols relating to head injuries and concussions.

Dr S M Wazien Wafa bin S Saadun Tarek Wafa went to Japan for the Pool D match between Wales and Georgia on 23rd September 2019. He was on duty as Medical Observer appointed by Asia Rugby for his recent contribution as Matchday Doctor for the 2018 Asia Rugby Championship as well as Tournament Medical Director for Asia Rugby Championship and Asia Rugby Women 7s Trophy in Brunei in 2019.

Dr Wazien is currently Training and Education Coordinator, Medical and Player Welfare for Malaysia Rugby Union and his task at the World Cup suit him well. His main duty during the World Cup was to observe and prepare the report for Asia Rugby other than to give exposure as Matchday Doctor on Elite Rugby Competition.

Well done doctor!!

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