Rugby Players (inc Coaches, Referees)

Life Insurance and Rugby


Taking part in Professional Rugby or even some Pro-Amateur Rugby may impact on your life insurance cover and the consequences may or may not be marginal.

Typically, sports which involve potentially violent / combative contact involve higher risks of death whether directly or indirectly.

Rugby league and Rugby Union are no exception to this and while deaths are rare and much effort has been made to manage such risks through the laws of the game, higher standards of refereeing and better medical care provision and protocols, inevitably risk remains.

Rugby sees occasional deaths during scrums or from head injuries and rarely from the sheer intensity of training or competition.

The physical bulk and muscle gained through training sees rugby players exceed “normal” body mass index limits set by some insurers. This means these insurers can decline to cover you based on a high BMI, regardless of the fact your fitness, monitoring of health and structured training regimes which may reduce the real risk.

Different mainstream insurers have developed different responses to covering Rugby players. If you have not been declined life insurance by the mainstream insurers, you may well be best trying to find cover this was in the first instance.

If you have been declined cover, then Pulse may well be able to help.


Factors affecting Life Insurance

Broadly speaking, the price and availability of life insurance cover will depend on a number of factors

  • the type of Rugby you take part in
  • the level of Rugby you compete at
  • the frequency and nature and locations of your competitive activity and training
  • any specific preparations / training regimes
  • your age
  • your experience and the support of your coach / trainer and others
  • and if you have any medical conditions

Depending on the above, there may be little or no additional cost or the increased risk may see a significant loading.

Pulse are specialists in finding cover for Professional Rugby Players when insurers are declining to quote or wish to exclude their sport.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 01280-431280.


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If you need a specialist underwriter.

If you have not been able to get a suitable quotation for Life cover, Pulse specialise in taking your Professional Rugby, any other pursuits and any medical conditions and needs into account and finding Life Insurance cover, if it is available.

We use our knowledge and experience to find a solution when other Life Insurers have declined to quote. Each enquiry is treated individually by our underwriters and not simply rejected or accepted by a computer-based system.


Your Health Background

It is logically often true that professional Rugby means competitors are very fit and healthy. However, there are many who compete whilst having a medical condition. It is possible your health may have as much or more impact on Life Insurance availability. You can begin by reviewing the dedicated details about many medical condition(s) on this website.

You can / should declare any medical conditions to us when you make an enquiry. Again, we have prepared specific questions for many conditions. If you are in perfect health, you will be asked to confirm this on your actual Life Insurance application.


Our Indication of Cover Availability and Cost

By providing all your details clearly and accurately, you allow our underwriter(s) to build an individual picture of you and your Rugby and any other sporting activity.

We know that getting and early idea if you can be covered and what kind of premium costs is involved is important. 

We usually give an indication of premium and cover availability within 5 days.

Our policyholders tell us it is important to learn the availability of cover and to get an idea of price quickly.

It can be but is not always necessary for us to seek a Doctor’s report or for you to undergo medical examinations, blood tests and other tests that will confirm your health to allow our underwriters to quote a fair and accurate premium and confirm cover details. These tests are paid for by the underwriter, if you take out the policy.

Why Pulse Insurance?

  • Pulse Insurance have been focused on finding unusual cover since 1998
  • We strive to offer a caring and sensitive service
  • We are knowledgeable insurance professionals who work as a team
  • We provide a personal service to guide you through
  • If we cannot help, it will not be for the want of trying or know-how

While finding cover for everyone is not always possible and the premium will be higher to reflect your increased risk, we like to think we are rather good at helping people find the cover they need.

In most cases, we can offer indicative premiums and/or sense of if cover may be available or not early on; so, you can decide to proceed or not.


Being Transparent

It is always important to declare your Professional Sport activity and any medical conditions completely.


Your Personal & Medical Details

Everything you disclose about your Health and any underlying conditions to any life insurer or life agent should be treated with sensitivity and appropriate levels of privacy.


Changes to Your Health

Over time, your health can improve. If this happens, then Pulse may be able to discuss this with your insurer and negotiate a reduction in the premium you pay.

Equally, we provide cover based on a “snapshot” of your health, so once a policy has been issued, neither your premium or your cover will be adversely affected if your health subsequently deteriorated.


Requirements for more information

While our initial enquiry may not gather enough information to provide an indication of cost, our insurers may ask for more in depth information regarding your Professional Rugby activities or any medical conditions. Sometimes the details you can provide may allow them to reduce the premium they seek.

In cases of serious ill-health, Life Insurers will often seek a Medical Report from your doctor or consultant, Pulse will help you through this process and will explain your rights to see the report and challenge anything you believe to be inaccurate. You may find it helpful and reassuring to know your doctor has disclosed everything material.

Pulse will never sell your details to anyone. We will use your details to provide the service you have asked for according to the permissions you grant us– read our Privacy and Data Protection policy in full.


Additional Covers

Pulse may be able to offer covers beyond everyday Life Insurance to give you the peace of mind and protection you desire.


Beyond Life Insurance

More Life Insurance

The reasons you may need life cover may be simple or complex, but having the right covers brings peace of mind for you and your family.

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