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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning


A summary of the main demands of the game as determined from a limited number of studies include:

Sevens game in general:
  • The international game demands are more intense than the club game. Specifically, a greater distance is covered at high speeds with more accelerations and decelerations performed in international games
  • Sevens backs cover a greater running distance at medium and high intensity compared to forwards
  • Sevens forwards are involved in a greater number of collisions compared to backs in a game
  • The greater contact by forwards in the sevens game is likely to be responsible for a greater relative heart rate response compared to backs
For the woman’s sevens game, it is also clear that:
  • While there may be a greater spread of distances covered by men, mean total distances for women appear to be similar to the distance covered in men’s sevens
  • Compared to the men’s sevens game, women appear to engage in a similar work to rest ratio during play
  • Although not attaining the same maximal speed levels compared to the men’s sevens game, women are also required to sprint frequently over distances of 30 m and above
Compared to the 15-a-side game, the following comparisons can be made:
  • The sevens game is shorter in duration compared to the 15-a-side game
  • The demands of Rugby sevens per minute of match play are significantly greater than the 15-a-side game
  • The relative distance covered in a sevens game for both women and men (in metres per minute) is higher and greater than the relative distance completed in international men’s 15-a-side Rugby
  • The work-to-rest ratios for both men and women sevens are higher than the corresponding ratios for the 15-a-side game
  • Sevens forwards and backs complete a greater number of tackles compared to the 15-a-side player per minute of play
  • Sevens players complete approximately 45% greater relative running volume compared to players of the 15-a-side game
  • Sevens players complete significantly more high speed (>5 m/s) running compared to 15-a-side players