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Table 6 Rugby Union peak movement characteristics

From: The Use of Global Positioning and Accelerometer Systems in Age-Grade and Senior Rugby Union: A Systematic Review

Study Participants Average duration (s) or time epoch (s) Relative distance (m.min−1) High-speed running (m or m.min−1)
Cunningham et al. [3] 119 elite professional players from three different international performance squads. 60 rolling average and fixed Rolling Average
Fwds 156.5 ± 19.0 m.min−1
Backs 177.4 ± 20.6 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 139.0 ± 38.2 m.min−1
Backs 160.1 ± 21.1 m.min−1
Rolling Average
Fwds 42.5 ± 20.6 m.min−1
Backs 69.9 ± 21.8 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 38.2 ± 17.5 m.min−1
Backs 63.2 ± 20.2 m.min−1
120 rolling average and fixed Rolling Average
Fwds 123.7 ± 15.4 m.min−1
Backs 140.1 ± 16.3 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 111.1 ± 22 m.min−1
Backs 126.9 ± 16.7 m.min−1
Rolling Average
Fwds 24.9 ± 15.0 m.min−1
Backs 42.6 ± 15.7 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 22.0 ± 13.3 m.min−1
Backs 36.9 ± 14.0 m.min−1
180 rolling average and fixed Rolling Average
Fwds 109.2 ± 14.6 m.min−1
Backs 123.4 ± 15.4 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 96.9. ± 16.1 m.min−1
Backs 110.6 ± 15.0 m.min−1
Rolling Average
Fwds 18.9 ± 14.0 m.min−1
Backs 32.7 ± 14.0 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 16.1 ± 13.3 m.min−1
Backs 27.4 ± 12.0 m.min−1
240 rolling average and fixed Rolling Average
Fwds 101.0 ± 12.9 m.min−1
Backs 114.2 ± 14.4 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 90.6 ± 13.2 m.min−1
Backs 102.0 ± 13.4 m.min−1
Rolling Average
Fwds 15.4 ± 12.1 m.min−1
Backs 27.6 ± 12.2 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 13.2 ± 10.0 m.min−1
Backs 22.8 ± 10.1 m.min−1
300 rolling average and fixed Rolling Average
Fwds 95.4 ± 12.2 m.min−1
Backs 107.5 ± 13.3 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 85.7 ± 10.9 m.min−1
Backs 96.5 ± 13.6 m.min−1
Rolling Average
Fwds 13.1 ± 10.2 m.min−1
Backs 24.0 ± 10.8 m.min−1
Fixed
Fwds 10.9 ± 7.3 m.min−1
Backs 20.0 ± 8.5 m.min−1
Delaney et al. [6] 67 players from two international rugby union teams. 60 rolling average Tight Fwds 154 ± 210 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 169 ± 230 m.min−1
Half backs 184 ± 280 m.min−1
OB 175 ± 220 m.min−1
 
120 rolling average Tight Fwds 122 ± 170 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 135 ± 160 m.min−1
Half backs 147 ± 210 m.min−1
OB 137 ± 160 m.min−1
 
180 rolling average Tight Fwds 105 ± 150 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 117 ± 140 m.min−1
Half backs 126 ± 180 m.min−1
OB 119 ± 130 m.min−1
 
240 rolling average Tight Fwds 96 ± 130 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 108 ± 130 m.min−1
Half backs 117 ± 160 m.min−1
OB 109 ± 120 m.min−1
 
300 rolling average Tight Fwds 91 ± 120 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 102 ± 110 m.min−1
Half backs 108 ± 150 m.min−1
OB 103 ± 100 m.min−1
 
360 rolling average Tight Fwds 88 ± 120 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 97 ± 110 m.min−1
Half backs 103 ± 140 m.min−1
OB 98 ± 100 m.min−1
 
420 rolling average Tight Fwds 85 ± 110 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 94 ± 110 m.min−1
Half backs 100 ± 130 m.min−1
OB 95 ± 100 m.min−1
 
480 rolling average Tight Fwds 82 ± 110 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 92 ± 110 m.min−1
Half backs 97 ± 120 m.min−1
OB 93 ± 90 m.min−1
 
540 rolling average Tight Fwds 81 ± 110 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 90 ± 110 m.min−1
Half backs 95 ± 120 m.min−1
OB 90 ± 90 m.min−1
 
600 rolling average Tight Fwds 79 ± 110 m.min−1
Loose Fwds 88 ± 110 m.min−1
Half backs 93 ± 120 m.min−1
OB 89 ± 90 m.min−1
 
Flanagan et al. [44] 42 rugby union U20 international players across two teams. 5-min rolling period Prop—58 ± 3.8 m.min−1
Hooker—58 ± 8 m.min−1
SR—56 ± 7 m.min−1
BR—60 ± 9 m.min−1
SH—71 ± 4 m.min−1
FH—69 ± 4 m.min−1
Centre—66 ± 7 m.min−1
B3—67 ± 6 m.min−1
Prop—42 ± 42 m
Hooker—88 ± 88 m
SR—55 ± 66 m
BR—153 ± 65 m
SH—191 ± 80 m
FH—123 ± 29 m
Centre—363 ± 120 m
B3—514 ± 153 m
Pollard et al. [58] 22 players from an international rugby team. 30–60 ball in play Fwds 106.9 ± 5.6 m.min−1
Backs 109.6 ± 11.4 m.min−1
Fwds 10.9 ± 4.7 m.min−1
Backs 20.3 ± 5.7 m.min−1
61–90 ball in play Fwds 104.6 ± 6.1 m.min−1
Backs 115.1 ± 11.4 m.min−1
Fwds 7.0 ± 4.1 m.min−1
Backs 18.9 ± 5.1 m.min−1
> 90 ball in play Fwds 105.0 ± 8.5 m.min−1
Backs 110.9 ± 9.5 m.min−1
Fwds 5.8 ± 2.7 m.min−1
Backs 15.6 ± 5.8 m.min−1
Read et al. [61] 202 rugby union players across 7 regional academies in England. 15 rolling average FR 245 ± 32 m.min−1
SR 264 ± 29 m.min−1
BR 280 ± 36 m.min−1
SH 298 ± 44 m.min−1
IB 297 ± 33 m.min−1
OB 299 ± 42 m.min−1
 
30 rolling average FR 193 ± 21 m.min−1
SR 207 ± 19 m.min−1
BR 217 ± 23 m.min−1
SH 233 ± 25 m.min−1
IB 233 ± 23 m.min−1
OB 244 ± 30 m.min−1
 
60 rolling average FR 154 ± 17 m.min−1
SR 165 ± 12 m.min−1
BR 168 ± 19 m.min−1
SH 185 ± 20 m.min−1
IB 172 ± 19 m.min−1
OB 170 ± 22 m.min−1
 
120 rolling average FR 121 ± 16 m.min−1
SR 130 ± 12 m.min−1
BR 132 ± 15 m.min−1
SH 146 ± 19 m.min−1
IB 135 ± 16 m.min−1
OB 133 ± 17 m.min−1
 
150 rolling average FR 112 ± 15 m.min−1
SR 121 ± 13 m.min−1
BR 123 ± 14 m.min−1
SH 138 ± 18 m.min−1
IB 128 ± 16 m.min−1
OB 124 ± 15 m.min−1
 
180 rolling average FR 106 ± 14 m.min−1
SR 115 ± 14 m.min−1
BR 116 ± 14 m.min−1
SH 132 ± 17 m.min−1
IB 120 ± 14 m.min−1
OB 118 ± 15 m.min−1
 
240 rolling average FR 99 ± 14 m.min−1
SR 106 ± 12 m.min−1
BR 108 ± 14 m.min−1
SH 122 ± 15 m.min−1
IB 112 ± 13 m.min−1
OB 111 ± 14 m.min−1
 
300 rolling average FR 93 ± 14 m.min−1
SR 100 ± 12 m.min−1
BR 102 ± 14 m.min−1
SH 116 ± 14 m.min−1
IB 106 ± 12 m.min−1
OB 104 ± 14 m.min−1
 
600 rolling average FR 80 ± 12 m.min−1
SR 87 ± 9 m.min−1
BR 88 ± 11 m.min−1
SH 97 ± 13 m.min−1
IB 92 ± 10 m.min−1
OB 89 ± 11 m.min−1
 
Read et al. [60] 59 rugby union academy players from England. 0–15 Attack Fwds—103.3 ± 62.2 m.min−1
Attack Backs—102.0 ± 64.2 m.min−1
Defence Fwds—109.4 ± 67.1 m.min−1
Defence Backs—106.5 ± 68.6 m.min−1
 
16–30 Attack Fwds—115.9 ± 44.8 m.min−1
Attack Backs—118.3 ± 50.4 m.min−1
Defence Fwds—118.4 ± 52.5 m.min−1
Defence Backs—110.5 ± 54.5 m.min−1
 
31–45 Attack Fwds—118.3 ± 35.6 m.min−1
Attack Backs—124.2 ± 39.2 m.min−1
Defence Fwds—117.4 ± 35.5 m.min−1
Defence Backs—113.2 ± 41.1 m.min−1
 
46–60 Attack Fwds—116.9 ± 28.6 m.min−1
Attack Backs—121.9 ± 33.4 m.min−1
Defence Fwds—112.6 ± 30.9 m.min−1
Defence Backs—106.7 ± 34.3 m.min−1
 
> 60 Attack Fwds—112.7 ± 23.3 m.min−1
Attack Backs—118.7 ± 29.8 m.min−1
Defence Fwds—108.4 ± 20.9 m.min−1
Defence Backs—102.0 ± 28.2 m.min−1
 
Reardon et al. [47] 39 professional rugby union players from a Pro12 team. Tight Fwds 161
BR Fwds 152
IB 154
OB 155
Tight Fwds 109 m.min−1
BR Fwds 111 m.min−1
IB 123 m.min−1
OB 124 m.min−1
Tight Fwds 4.9 m.min−1
BR Fwds 6.0 m.min−1
IB 8.1 m.min−1
OB 14.1 m.min−1
Tierney et al. [51] 43 professional rugby union players from a Pro 12 team. Attacking 22 entries Prop—57.7 m.min−1 (44.1–63.4)
Hooker—63.2 m.min−1 (49.6–76.9)
SR—51.5 m.min−1 (41.5–61.4)
BR—54.5 m.min−1 (46.6–62.3)
SH—76.8 m.min−1 (62.9–90.7)
FH—62.2 m.min−1 (49.7–74.7)
Centre—61.2 m.min−1 (49.2–73.3)
B3—58.8 m.min−1 (51.3–66.2)
Prop—2.3 m.min−1 (− 1.1–5.8)
Hooker—6.5 m.min−1 (1.6–11.4)
SR—2.3 m.min−1 (− 1.3–5.9)
BR 2.4 m.min−1 (− 0.4–5.2)
SH—11.5 m.min−1 (6.5–16.4)
FH—7.0 m.min−1 (2.5–11.5)
Centre—8.1 m.min−1 (3.8–12.4)
B3—10.2 m.min−1 (7.5–12.8)
  1. Fwds forwards, FR front row, TF tight forwards, SR second row, BR back row, SH scrum half, FH fly half, IB inside back, OB outside back, B3 back 3