(via England Rugby)
A recently published study, led by the RFU and the University of Bath, shows the beneficial impact a newly-devised exercise programme has in reducing overall injuries within youth rugby.
Between 2013-2016, the researchers gathered data from 40 schools and nearly 2,500 players aged 14–18 years. During the four-year-long study, overall injuries fell by 72% when players completed the new exercises at least three times a week. Concussion injuries were reduced by 59%.
This study is the first of its kind in contact sport and was described during the academic peer review process as ‘the benchmark for studies of this kind.
Dr Mike England, RFU Community Rugby Medical Director commented: “The results are impressive and we hope that a related study showing similar effects in the adult community game will be published soon."
A new training and pre-match exercise programme were developed as part of the study. It focuses on balance, strength and agility in order to better prepare players for the physical challenges they face in matches and to mitigate potential injury risks. Split into four stages it takes roughly 20 minutes to complete.
This is made up of: a running warm-up with a change of direction activities (2 minutes); lower-limb balance training (4 minutes); targeted resistance exercises (8 minutes); plus jumping, side-stepping and landing exercises (6 minutes).
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This August, 7 Bamboos Rugby invites local rugby clubs to a new and exciting 7s tournament format. The Bristol Club Sevens, a two-legged competition, aims to offer the opportunity for RFU-affiliated clubs to experience all the action and the thrill of a 7s tournament on a Friday evening, with a Cup and Plate winner to be determined at both events.
At both of the two legs, four different teams compete against each other to crown Bristol’s best 7s club. The first leg takes place on Friday the 3rd of August at Old Redcliffians RFC followed by a second tournament on the 17th August at St. Mary’s Old Boys RFC.
The competition is a fantastic way to prepare for the upcoming XVs season, test fitness levels and latest player recruitments as well as having a great time together with a beer and a BBQ following the hard work on the pitch, all on a warm summer evening in August.
Team entry is only £50 / team and only fully RFU-affiliated rugby clubs are permitted to enter. In order to allow as many different clubs as possible to participate, a team is only allowed to enter one of the two tournaments.
Enter your team and find out more on our event page.
England Rugby’s premier competition for amateur men’s and women’s sevens teams is returning for the fourth year, with a new streamlined format which will see the best men’s and women’s teams from local qualifying tournaments progress to National Finals.
The RFU 24/Sevens Series which was launched last year, has selected Hartpury Sevens as a local qualifier for the regional finals in Exeter later this year.
The annual Hartpury Sevens tournament, which will take place on 13th of May at Hartpury College, enters its fourth year in 2017 and hosts 16 women’s and men’s teams from all angles of the country. For the first time, both the women’s and the men’s competitions will be part of the series.
The RFU-initiated series is an exciting sevens competition for all rugby teams, welcoming anyone who just wants to pick up a ball and run, for fun or glory.
The community sevens series creates fresh meaning for the summer season, with 32 existing sevens festivals becoming Qualifiers for 4 new regional England Rugby 24/Sevens Play-Off events. These ultimately feed a pinnacle 24/Sevens National Final. The Play-offs and Final event will be a vibrant mix of electric rugby and music. 24 teams will win a place at the National final.
England Rugby 24/Sevens will showcase the best sevens teams and players in the country. At the successful series launch in 2016 Seventy 7’s won the men’s competition and Orchard Pigs the women’s tournament at the end of a massive finals day at Saracens’ Allianz Park.
In order to enter Hartpury Sevens 2017 just click here.
Hartpury Sevens | Website
RFU 24/7s Series | Website
In an attempt to guide more new and returning players into rugby, the RFU developed a new and attractive concept named XRugby7s. We believe it is a fantastic idea combining elements of traditional 7s with an easy route into the game.
A new format of rugby, which is big on enjoyment, and low on commitment. It’s a quicker game, with fewer players which can be played almost anywhere. It is contact rugby but not as you know it! Whether you’ve never played before, or you’re getting back into things, XRugby7s is the game for you.
This season, 7 Bamboos Rugby, will adopt the concept of XRugby7s for the first time at the annual SW7s Development Cup in June.
An amended version of Sevens aimed at new or returning players offering a simple to understand, easily adaptable version of the game with contact as a core element.
Sevens is an identified growth brand, is a global and Olympic game and provides a strong vehicle for the transition from non-contact into contact rugby.
• It is important that the development of Sevens is considered as part of a wider rugby growth strategy, which complements and links to the XV a side game and is fully aligned with the charter and values of the game.
• Designing a format which encourages longevity and flexibility is important. A key aim is to deepen engagement with rugby by increasing regularity.
• Insight shows that key attractions for potential players are the fitness and social elements along with a flexible approach to timing and delivery.
Download | Coaching Guide XRugby7s
Download | Poster XRugby7s
Website | RFU XRugby7s
XRugby is an initiative introduced by World Rugby, and is being used around the World as a flexible format. The game is 7-a-side, with reduced contact, and simplified laws. This fast-paced game is an innovative and exciting way for more players to be involved and suit specific rugby needs. Games are shorter in length compared to 15-a-side, and are played on half a standard sized rugby pitch. The introduction of the Max Zone negates the need for posts, meaning this game can be played anywhere!
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