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Playing position influences the relative age effect in senior rugby union

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posted on 2019-04-30, 15:01 authored by Philip Edward Kearney
ObjectiveTo establish whether playing position influenced the existence of the relative age effect (RAE) in senior rugby union.Summary of facts and resultsThe birth dates and playing position of 1991 senior French rugby union players registered during the 2014/15 season were obtained from an on-line statistics database. The distribution of player births was compared with the distribution of births in the general French population across the period in question. Results indicated that a RAE existed for forwards but not backline players. Back row forwards in particular showed a pronounced RAE.ConclusionThe existence of the RAE within senior French rugby union is influenced by player position.

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Science and Sports;32 (2), pp. 114-116

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Elsevier

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Science and Sport Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Science and Sports, 2017, 32 (2), pp. 114-115, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scispo.2016.06.009

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