Who Hits Harder: A Scientific Take On the Old Rugby vs. American Football Debate

Rugby and American football are among the most physical team sports. We’re taking a look at the numbers to figure out which is the more demanding of the two. As most athletes know, playing a team sport means you’re pretty competitive. And when we say competitive, we mean it in every sense of the word. […]

5 Ways Science Shows Us That Rugby Is Brutal

Everyone who has ever played or even simply watched a game of Rugby probably understands why it’s one of the most gruelling sports in the world. Besides a gum shield, rugby is played without any real protective gear. And, with as many as 30 bodies on the pitch at all times, you begin to see […]

How To Increase Your Sprint Speed

Improving your sprint speed is vital for on-field performance. It doesn’t matter if you’re a forward or a back, the faster you can move the better. Follow our steps below to improve yours. Squats We have recently spoken about the benefit of squats in our rugby training & fitness guide. Without a doubt, squatting will […]

How to Improve Acceleration Using These 4 Drills

How To Improve Acceleration and Sprint Speed Having the ability to accelerate very fast and skim your opposite number for a line break is a fantastic feeling. Just knowing that you have the pace to make the difference in a game is a powerful tool and asset that can make the difference between winning and […]

5 Common Misconceptions In Rugby Strength Training

Rugby has always had a strong strength training culture (no pun intended!). Since the turn of professionalism in 1995, rugby has made huge advances in strength & conditioning. And I’m proud to say that in many respects rugby is leading the way in the s&c field. Yet, there are still some common misconceptions when it comes […]

The Changing Face of Rugby (Infographic)

Rugby has rapidly evolved over the last 20 years. It doesn’t take much to notice the massive difference in the game today. Players are on average 2 stone heavier and 3 inches taller. The defense is far more structured. Tackles are harder. Penalties are kicked from the teams own half. Injuries are up by an […]

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