Rugby teams should have just 15 minutes a week of full contact training to help players recover from matches, says World Rugby, which hopes the idea will be implemented throughout the game
- World Rugby surveyed 600 players to look at contact training
- It turned out that an average team spent 21 minutes in full contact, some of them even 140
- Governing body advises teams not to have contact with each other for more than 15 minutes
- It believes the new guideline will help prevent injuries and improve performance
According to World Rugby, full contact training should be limited to just 15 minutes per week to avoid unnecessary injuries.
The governing body — which has surveyed nearly 600 players in the men’s and women’s game — has advised all professional outfits to limit contact completely, and also suggests it be banned on Mondays and Fridays so players can fully recover from weekend games.
Their research found that the average team spent 21 minutes a week in full contact, with some as much as 140, so feel the need to push for change.
Full-contact training should be limited to just 15 minutes per week, according to World Rugby
Their research showed that the new guideline can prevent injuries and improve performance
While they don’t all have to follow a general rule, they hope the idea will be implemented throughout the game and measure the success of their plan with mouthguard and video technology in Leinster, Clermont and Benetton Treviso.
Their advice is that full contact should last only 15 minutes per week, ‘controlled’ contact (with pads and less force) can be as long as 40 minutes, and ‘live set-piece’ scrum and lineout training can be half an hour per week. to last.
With match injuries exacerbated by training and 35-40 percent of seasonal injuries occurring during training itself, World Rugby, supported by the International Rugby Players Association, hopes their limits will keep the stars fit longer.
Leinster and ex-England boss Stuart Lancaster, involved in the investigation, said: “It is important that we don’t overdo the contact load during the week so that players are fresh, injury free and ready for match days.”
World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin added: ‘We believe that by moderating the overall training load on an individual basis, including in-season contact, it is possible to improve both injury prevention and performance outcomes, which is good for players, coaches and fans. ‘
World Rugby hopes the advice will be followed and implemented across the rugby world