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Factors affecting performance in professional rugby league

Project Member(s): Coutts, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Penrith Rugby League Club Ltd (Penrith Rugby Leagure Club Ltd)

Start year: 2014

Summary: Rugby league (RL) is a physically demanding high-intensity, intermittent team sport that is played in many countries worldwide. There are two main professional competitions, the National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia, and the English Super League (ESL). There is increasing interest in measuring match performance during competition games, and a rich data sets are now collected during these games. This project is collaboration between the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the Panthers Rugby League Club, with the aim of conducting research to improve the understanding of the relationship between performance factors and match outcomes. This area of research has important implications for optimising the match performance of professional RL players. Aims: 1. Examine the effects of match scenarios on physical performance demands during match play. 2. Identify technical and tactical factors that are related to successful match outcomes. 3. Assess the influence of fitness and fatigue status on subsequent match performance.


Kempton, T, Sirotic, AC & Coutts, AJ 2017, 'A Comparison of Physical and Technical Performance Profiles Between Successful and Less-Successful Professional Rugby League Teams.', International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 520-526.
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Kempton, T & Coutts, AJ 2016, 'Factors affecting exercise intensity in professional rugby league match-play.', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 504-508.
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Kempton, T, Kennedy, N & Coutts, AJ 2016, 'The expected value of possession in professional rugby league match-play', JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCES, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 645-650.
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Keywords: sport science, team sport, athlete monitoring, performance

FOR Codes: Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified, Health not elsewhere classified