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n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Comparative characteristics of elite New Zealand and South African u/16 rugby players with reference to game-specific skills, physical abilities and anthropometric data : original research article

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Abstract

. A comparative study of elite New Zealand and South African u/16 rugby players with special reference to game-specific skills, physical abilities and anthropometric data.


. A battery of tests was used to obtain information concerning a group of elite New Zealand players (=24) and two elite South African groups (=64). Information was obtained for game-specific skills, physical abilities, and anthropometric data.
. The New Zealand players outperformed the South African players in game-specific tests, physical abilities, and anthropometric measurements. Where the South African groups performed better than the New Zealand group, it was not practically significant.
. South African rugby authorities should be cognisant of the areas where South African u/16 rugby players were outperformed by their New Zealand counterparts, and consequently develop specific development programmes to address these shortcomings.

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2009-01-01
2016-12-09
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