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Introduction
LTPD Pathway
Functional Screening
Anatomical Adaptation
Game Demands
Conditioning for Rugby
Periodisation in Rugby
Content
Questions

The demands of the game

Rugby is a multi-activity sport

Time-motion analysis of the game reveals that the game is indeed a multi-activity sport. Table 4 summarises the demands of the game for players at under 19 years of age (Deutsch et al, 1998). Note that the duration of the game in this analysis is 70 minutes. It should also be noted that this table does not list all activities performed during a game.

Group
Activity
Total distance covered
Average distance
Frequency
Props & locks

Walk

1000m

14m

73

Jog

3050m

22m

143

Cruise

363m

14m

26

Sprint

94m

20m

4

Total 4400m - -
Back row

Walk

992m

13m

76

Jog

2940m

29m

154

Cruise

368m

11m

33

Sprint

94m

15m

6

Total 4080m - -
Backs

Walk

1660-1740m

14-22m

120-132

Jog

2110-2600m

16-20m

139-159

Cruise

514-565m

11-13m

43-45

Sprint

208-297m

19-24m

12-15

Total 5530-5750m - -
Table 4: Time-motion analysis. Based on the average for three groups: props and locks, back row, and inside and outside backs. Distances are given in metres. Frequency of each type of activity during the game is given (adapted from Deutsch et al, 1998).