Fitness Tests for Rugby
As with most football codes, rugby requires a very good levels of skill, speed, agility and endurance (see Rugby Fitness). Therefore, there are many components of fitness that are important for success.
The importance of each component of fitness will depend on the playing position, where the strength is important for the props, and speed for the backs. You should also compare these recommendations to the fitness tests and norms for the South African team, the Springboks in 2007.
|Fitness Component||Example Tests||Comments|
|Aerobic Fitness||Aerobic fitness is a very important component of fitness for rugby, as each player will cover a long distance throughout a game.|
||Good hamstring flexibility is important for rugby players in running and for ball kicking skill.|
|Strength & Power||Strength (and power tests) should also be done to determine strength levels and to monitor strength changes in conjunction with training programs.|
||Maximum running speed and acceleration are very important in rugby. You may also want to test running speed while carrying the ball, as this is when you want your players to be fast.|
|Body Fat||Excess body fat would affect the player's ability to move freely around the field, and the extra weight will increase fatigue during the game.|
||The ability to quickly change direction is very important to evade the defense and make a break in rugby.|