1st Edition

The Dynamics of Modern Rugby

Edited By Bruce Davies, Julien Baker Copyright 2021
    206 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The modern game of rugby football has become gladiatorial, whereby muscular athletic players are involved in a form of collision chess with sophisticated defences smothering the offensive skills that were at one time a more dominant feature of the game.

    The contributors to this book consider the physical, mental and nutritional demands of the game in its present form and how best to acquire these attributes in the most effective and efficient manner. The inevitable injuries that are associated with collision are considered in terms of prevention and the most effective forms of treatment. New concepts to improve exercise capacity, game preparation and recovery are discussed in conjunction with the modern coaching theories of the game. The possible changes to the rules are discussed by two outstanding International referees, and the future vision for World Rugby is outlined by the President of World Rugby.

    The Dynamics of Modern Rugby is both a unique and contemporary addition to the rugby literature and, as such, is essential reading for any student, researcher, coach, sports scientist, physiotherapist, nutritionist or clinician with an interest in rugby.

    1. Rugby Union: An Historical Overview

    Liam O’Callaghan

    2. The Demands of a Collision Sport

    Peter Herbert and Huw Wiltshire

    3. Sports Nutrition in Modern Rugby

    Sarah Chantler, Ruth Wood-Martin and Louise Sutton

    4. Psychological Preparation of the Elite Rugby Player

    Dave Collins

    5. Modern Theories of Strength and Power Training for Men and Women

    William J. Kraemer, Nicholas A. Ratamess, Duncan H. French and Robert U. Newton

    6. A Practical Guide to Strength Training

    Mark Bennett

    7. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids: The Shortcut to the Wrong Way

    Fergal Grace

    8. Some Thoughts on the Training Process

    Bruce Davies and Julien S. Baker

    9. Immediate Medical Care in Rugby

    Andy Smith

    10. Collision and the Effects of Head Injuries

    Thomas S. Owens and Damian M. Bailey

    11. Key Considerations in the Preparation of Teams for Extended Rugby Tours

    Brian Cunniffe and Paul Stridgeon

    12. Concepts to Improve Recovery in Touring Squads

    Brian Cunniffe and Paul Stridgeon

    13. Coaching in the Modern Game

    Sir Graham Henry, Kingsley Jones and Huw Wiltshire

    14. The Laws and the Referees

    Derek Bevan, Nigel Owens and Gareth Jones

    15. A Brief Financial Review of Professional Rugby Union

    Bruce Davies

    16. The Future of the Game

    Sir Bill Beaumont


    Bruce Davies is Emeritus Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of South Wales, UK.

    Julien S. Baker is Professor of Physiology and Head of the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health, at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.