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The Rugby World Cup 2019

Article Collection

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth Rugby World Cup, and is to be held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November. This will be the first time the tournament is to be held in Asia, and outside the traditional heartland of rugby union. 

To feed your interest in all things to do with rugby over the coming months, we have put together a free-access article collection, bringing together some of the latest research on professional and elite rugby union.

The below articles are free to read online until 31st December 2019. Enjoy!

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ArticleAuthor(s)JournalYear
Upper-body repeated-sprint training in hypoxia in international rugby union playersAdam Beard, John Ashby, Mark Kilgallon, Franck Brocherie & Grégoire P. Millet
European Journal of Sport Science
2019
Pattern recall, decision making and talent identification in rugby unionSebastian Sherwood, Tiaki Smith & Rich S. W. Masters
European Journal of Sport Science
2019
Hot hands, cold feet? Investigating effects of interacting constraints on place kicking performance at the 2015 Rugby Union World CupChris Pocock, Neil E. Bezodis, Keith Davids & Jamie S. North
European Journal of Sport Science
2018
Adding omega-3 fatty acids to a protein-based supplement during pre-season training results in reduced muscle soreness and the better maintenance of explosive power in professional Rugby Union playersKatherine Elizabeth Black, Oliver C. Witard, Dane Baker, Philip Healey, Victoria Lewis, Francisco Tavares, Sam Christensen, Tom Pease & Brett SmithEuropean Journal of Sport Science2018
Body mass changes during training in elite rugby union: Is a single test of hydration indices reliable?Katherine Elizabeth Black, Alistair David Black, Dane Baker & Kirsty Fairbairn
European Journal of Sport Science
2018
Fluctuations in running and skill-related performance in elite rugby union match-playMathieu Lacome, Julien Piscione, Jean-Philippe Hager & Chris Carling
European Journal of Sport Science
2017
‘From there to here’: narratives of transition, migration and national identity in Irish media representations of rugby union in the professional eraMarcus Free
European Journal for Sport and Society
2017
Physical demands on elite lead rugby union refereesCarel Bester, Derik Coetzee, Robert Schall & Matthew Blair
International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
2019
Investigating lineout performance between the top and bottom four English Premiership rugby union teams in the 2016/17 seasonAdam Henryk Migdalski & Joseph Antony Stone
International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
2019
Assessing the frequency and magnitude of match impacts accrued during an elite rugby unionplaying seasonAdam Grainger, John James McMahon & Paul Comfort
International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
2018
On the validity of team performance indicators in rugby unionNeil Watson, Ian Durbach, Sharief Hendricks & Theodor Stewart
International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
2017
Performance indicators that discriminate winning and losing in elite men’s and women’s Rugby UnionAngus Hughes, Andrew Barnes, Sarah M. Churchill & Joseph A. Stone
International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
2017
The multifaceted nature of participation motivation in elite Canadian women rugby union playersJohn H. Kerr
International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
2019
The motivation behind unsanctioned violence in international rugby: A case study of a former elite playerJohn H. Kerr
International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
2017
Sport psychology consulting in professional rugby union in the United KingdomStephen D. Mellalieu
Journal of Sport Psychology in Action
2017
Prevalence of sleep disorders and sleep problems in an elite super rugby union teamIan C. Dunican, Jennifer Walsh, Charles C. Higgins, Maddison J. Jones, Kathleen Maddison, John A. Caldwell, Hillman David & Peter R. Eastwood
Journal of Sports Sciences
2019
Does ball carrier technique influence tackler head injury assessment risk in elite rugby union?Gregory J Tierney, Karl Denvir, Garreth Farrell & Ciaran K Simms
Journal of Sports Sciences
2019
Playing surface and UK professional rugby union injury riskCraig Ranson, Jonathan George, James Rafferty, John Miles & Isabel Moore
Journal of Sports Sciences
2018
Technical determinants of tackle and ruck performance in International rugby unionSharief Hendricks, Tiffany van Niekerk, Drew Wade Sin, Mike Lambert, Steve den Hollander, James Brown, Willie Maree, Paul Treu, Kevin Till & Ben Jones
Journal of Sports Sciences
2018
An examination of the jump-and-lift factors influencing the time to reach peak catch height during a Rugby Union lineoutTiaki Brett Smith, Kim Hébert-Losier & Doug McClymont
Journal of Sports Sciences
2018
Differential training loads and individual fitness responses to pre-season in professional rugby union playersShaun J. McLaren, Andrew Smith, Jonathan D. Bartlett, Iain R. Spears & Matthew Weston
Journal of Sports Sciences
2018
Doping in sport: an analysis of sanctioned UK rugby union players between 2009 and 2015L. Whitaker & S. Backhouse
Journal of Sports Sciences
2016
The influence of training load on postural control and counter movement jump responses in rugby unionJordan C. Troester, Jason G. Jasmin & Rob Duffield
Science and Medicine in Football
2019
What’s Wrong with the Scrum Laws in Rugby Union? — Judgment, Truth and RefereeingCarwyn Jones, Neil Hennessy & Alun Hardman
Sport, Ethics and Philosophy
2019
Rugby World Cup: new directions or more of the same?Nicholas Wise
Sport in Society
2017