FIELD TESTING TO PREDICT PERFORMANCE IN RUGBY UNION PLAYERS

  • B. Green
  • C. Blake
  • B. Caulfield
Keywords: performance, testing, agility, rugby, jump

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the relationships between various field tests for leg power, sprinting speed and agility in a group of rugby union players. A group of 26 semi professional rugby union players each completed a test protocol consisting of a unilateral horizontal triple jump, 10 and 30M linear speed sprint tests, a change of direction test and a reactive agility speed test. Simple correlation analysis revealed multiple strong relationships between measured variables, most notably between linear speed and reactive agility speed (r=0.72-0.83). Multiple regression analysis indicated that linear speed and change of direction speed could predict 81% of the variance in reactive agility speed.
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Coaching and Sports Activities