A recent study posted in the Journal Of Strength and Conditioning Research aimed to find if there is a correlation between size and on field performance. It’s obvious that over the years rugby players have become bigger and bigger. Many top clubs now focus intensely on getting their players bigger and heavier to aid them on the field.
Recent data has shown that there are now more rugby players retiring due to injuries than ever. An 80% increase in career ending injuries in the last 5 years is enough to show that there some kind of problem with the game and how players are adapting more intense training systems and games. Eventhough there is no scientific data to support the theory that there are more injuries due to players getting bigger and more conditioned, it’s logical to assume that it’s the main culprit behind the increase in serious injuries.