2nd Edition

The Science of Rugby

Edited By Craig Twist, Paul Worsfold Copyright 2023
    296 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Coaches, practitioners and medical staff working in the worldwide sport of rugby will frequently apply scientific principles to their programmes to inform the practice, performance, health, well-being and development of their athletes.

    This book explores the scientific principles underpinning the preparation and management of rugby players in both codes and modified versions of the sport. Applied examples are also provided throughout to understand the practical application of the material in a real-world context. This new edition of The Science of Rugby offers a significant contribution to the field of rugby science that will act as a useful resource to scientists, coaches, practitioners and students interested in rugby.

    New chapters and key topics include:

    • Physical and psychological preparation for rugby
    • Planning and monitoring of training
    • Managing fatigue, recovery and nutrition
    • Effects of different environmental conditions and travel on performance
    • The mechanics of rugby techniques and injury
    • Young players and talent identification
    • Considerations for training the female rugby player
    • Modified rugby, including rugby sevens, touch, tag and wheelchair rugby

    No other book bridges the gap between theory and applied practice in rugby, from grass roots to elite international standard, and therefore this is essential reading for any student, researcher, sport scientist, coach, physiotherapist or clinician with an interest in the game.

    1 Physical Preparation for Rugby

    Tim J. Gabbett

    2 Strength and Power Training for Rugby

    Daniel Travis McMaster, Michael R. McGuigan, and Nicholas D. Gill

    3 Monitoring the Match and Training Demands of Rugby

    Mark Waldron, Erwan Izri, and Craig Twist

    4 Monitoring Fatigue and Training Adaptations in Rugby Players

    Craig Twist and Jamie Highton

    5 Match Day Strategies to Enhance the Physical and Technical Performance of Rugby Players

    Mark Russell, Samuel P. Hills, Christian J. Cook, and Liam P. Kilduff

    6 Strategies to Enhance Recovery in Rugby Players

    Jamie Highton and Craig Twist

    7 Nutrition for Rugby

    Graeme L. Close, Andreas M. Kasper, and James P. Morton

    8 Training and Playing in the Heat: Strategies for the Rugby Player

    Rudi Meir, Neil Chapman, and Mike Climstein

    9 Practical Considerations for Team Travel, the Lifestyle

    of Elite Athletes, Travel Fatigue, Infection and Coping with Jet Lag

    Ben J. Edwards, Tom Clark, Anna C. Fitzpatrick, Colin M. Robertson, and Neil P. Walsh

    10 Psychological Preparation for Rugby

    Stephen D. Mellalieu and Rich Neil

    11 Performance Analysis in Rugby

    Nimai Parmar, Nic James, and Wilbur Kraak

    12 The Biomechanics of Rugby

    Neil E. Bezodis, Ezio Preatoni, Dario Cazzola, and Elena Seminati

    13 Injury Epidemiology in Rugby

    Niki Gabb, Grant Trewartha, and Keith Stokes

    14 Talent Identification, Development, and The Young Rugby Player

    Stephen Cobley and Kevin Till

    15 The Female Rugby Player

    Emma Ross

    16 Modified Rugby

    Craig Twist


    Craig Twist is Professor of Applied Sport & Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, and has primary research interests in the training and monitoring of rugby players. Craig is an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

    Paul Worsfold is Head of Biomechanics at the UK Sports Institute and Professor in Sports Biomechanics and Performance Analysis at the University of Chester, UK. His applied and research interests are primarily focused on optimising athlete movement and technology to enhance performance and reduce injury.