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Introduction
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Game Demands
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The demands of the game

Time spent in different speed activities

Roberts et al (2008) described the time spent in various speeds of locomotion during the adult 80-minute game. Table 5 summarises the activities and the relative times spent in each activity.

Low intensity activity
High intensity activity
Group Stand still Walk Jog Medium intensity running / cruising High intensity run Sprint Static exertion
Tight forwards

27:42

26:37

13:19

3:14

0:49

0:17

8:03

Loose forwards

23:34

29:58

14:01

3:17

0:58

0:26

7:47

Inside backs

25:14

34:01

13:57

3:39

1:18

0:17

1:33

Outside backs

21:37

39:11

13:17

2:53

1:21

0:36

1:05

Table 5: The locomotion activities completed during match play and the relative time spent (minutes:seconds) in each activity for players in different positions. N.B. Static exertion (SE) includes scrums, rucks, mauls, lineout lifts and tackles (adapted from Roberts et al, 2008).

The data presented in Table 5 informs us that the total time for standing is quite high with outside backs spending less time standing still compared to all other positions. In general, players from all positions tend to spend a similar time in jogging mode. Both inside and outside backs tend to spend more time in high-intensity running than forwards. While sprint time varies between positions, outside backs spend a greater time in this speed range. As expected, forwards spend a much greater time in static exertion activities compared to backs.

A similar trend is evident from data analysing the total time in sprint mode in the professional game, with backs completing a greater duration in sprint mode compared to forwards (Deutsch et al, 2006, Duthie et al, 2005).