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World Rugby recommends a maximum of 15 minutes of contact in training


The governing body of world rugby on Thursday published recommendations to limit the contact phases in training in order to protect players, after a study carried out among 600 of them.


We believe that by moderating the overall training load (...) it is possible to boost both injury prevention and performance results, which is good for players, coaches and supporters.

"Said World Rugby General Manager Alan Gilpin, quoted in a statement released Wednesday evening.

World Rugby recommends limiting each week to 15 minutes the phases of training in "

full contact

" (the players training without restraint and at full speed), to 40 minutes the sequences with "

controlled contact

" (use of shields to avoid melee, players showing restraint and low speed), and finally at 30 minutes the static phases with contact (scrum, maul, alignment).

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These sequences should preferably be carried out over only two days during the week, with in particular contactless days on Friday and Monday, to allow preparation and recovery phases around competitive matches.

The study by World Rugby now reveals "

that training habits vary from competition to competition, with an average of 21 minutes per week of maximum contact training and full contact load. average of 118 minutes per week


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World Rugby also announces that it has joined forces with "

several elite teams to measure the real + effect of these directives

" during training and matches thanks to connected mouthguards.

Among the teams that will take part in this evaluation are Clermont and Leinster in particular.

"Who's going to time all of this?"


Dave Rennie, Australia coach

Asked about these new recommendations, Australia coach Dave Rennie expressed his skepticism on Thursday: “

who is going to time all this?

I am sure that there is a lot of work done to arrive at these figures but I do not know how it will turn out

”, he declared before the meeting which must oppose the Wallabies to the Argentinian Pumas, Saturday in the framework of the Rugby Championship.


We are focusing on the idea of ​​reducing the number of injuries, but the most important thing is to make sure that our players have the knowledge and the techniques to manage these contacts

", he pleaded.

Source: lefigaro

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