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

Profiling the players

Profiling the players

The literature suggests that international rugby sevens backs are somewhat shorter and lighter than international 15-a-side backs (Duthie et al 2003). Also seven’s forwards are typically shorter and lighter than their 15-a-side counterparts (Fuller et al 2010). However, there is limited data on the physiological traits of sevens and 15-a-side players when compared using the same tests and test procedures. Recently though, Higham et al (2013) compared the physical traits of sevens and 15-a-side players. Their study did not investigate simultaneously players from both codes and they only assessed top Rugby seven’s men players. They then compared their results with those reported in the literature for 15-a-side players. We have noted the issue with such comparisons and accept the limitations stated. However, the study does allow us some degree of comparison between players of these two codes.

Specifically, we are interested in profiling the players from both codes in terms of speed, power, strength and running endurance. Such a comparison between high level players will allow us determine if physiological and performance differences exist between players of the two Rugby Union codes.