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TigerThe Wilf Paish
Rugby Football Tests

Wilf Paish was a senior coach with the British Athletic Association. He was well known for his coaching of many International Track and Field athletes but he also assisted athletes of many other sports. In his work with rugby football players, he devised the following series of rugby football tests.

Required Resources

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Rugby pitch
  • 400m track
  • 30 metre tape measure
  • Cones
  • Stopwatch
  • Whistle
  • Assistant

How to conduct the tests

This test requires the athlete to undertake 9 exercises: Copper 12 minute run, 30 metre sprint, squats, sit ups, press ups, bounding, a zigzag run, an agility star run, and diagonal pitch runs.

Test 1

Cooper 12 Minute Run

This test requires the athlete to run as far as possible in 12 minutes

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The athlete commences the test and the assistant starts the stopwatch
  • The assistant keeps the athlete informed of the remaining time at the end of each lap (400m)
  • The assistant blows the whistle when the 12 minutes has elapsed and records the distance the athlete covered to the nearest 10 metres.
Test 2

30 metre Sprint

This test requires the athlete to run as fast as possible over 30 metres

  • The assistant marks with cones a 30m section on the track
  • The athlete sprints from a stationary position as fast as possible to the 30 metre finish line. Spikes allowed.
  • The assistant stands at the finish line and starts the stopwatch from the moment the athlete contacts the ground on the first stride and stops the stopwatch when the athlete's torso crosses the line
  • The assistant records the time
Test 3

1 minute Squat Test

This test requires the athlete to perform as many squats as possible in one minute

  • The athlete stands in front of a chair, facing away from it, with their feet shoulder width apart
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
  • The athlete squats down lightly touching the chair with their backside before standing back up and repeats this sequence of movements for one minute
  • The assistant keeps the athlete informed of the time remaining
  • The assistant counts and records the number of successfully completed squats

Squats

Test 4

1 minute Sit-ups Test

This test requires the athlete to perform as many sit-ups as possible in one minute

  • The athlete lies on the mat with the knees bent, feet flat on the floor and the hands on their ears where they must stay throughout the test
  • The assistant holds the athlete's feet on the ground
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
  • The athlete sits up touching the knees with their elbows, then returns back to the floor and continues to perform as many sit-ups as possible in one minute
  • The assistant keeps the athlete informed of the time remaining
  • The assistant counts and records the number of correct sit-ups completed in the one minute

Sit Up Test    Sit Up Test

Test 5

1 minute Press Up Test

This test requires the athlete to perform as many press ups as possible in one minute

  • The athlete lies on the ground, places their hands by the shoulders and straightens the  arms
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
  • The athlete performs as many press ups as possible in one minute
  • The assistant keeps the athlete informed of the time remaining
  • The assistant counts and records the number of correct press-ups completed in the one minute

Press up   Press up

Test 6

22 metre Bounding Test

This test requires the athlete to perform a number of bounding activities as fast as possible

  • The assistant marks with cones a 22m section on the track
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
  • The athlete hops the 22m on the right leg, immediately turns and long strides the 22m, immediately turns and hops the 22m on the left leg, immediately turns and long strides the 22m, immediately turns two footed hops the 22m, immediately turns and sprints the 22m
  • The assistant stops the stopwatch and records the time when the athlete's torso crosses the finishing line after the 22m sprint
 

Test 7

Zuig Zag run

Zigzag run

This test requires the athlete to run an agility zigzag circuit as fast as possible

  • The assistant sets up the course as per the diagram
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and start the stopwatch
  • The athlete runs from A to B, picks up a ball and runs to C, zigzags between cones to D, and then zig-zags back to C. Sprint to E, put the ball down and sprint to F
  • The assistant stops the stopwatch and records the time when the athlete's torso crosses the finishing line

Test 8

Star run

Star run

This test requires the athlete to run an agility star circuit as fast as possible.

  • The assistant sets up the course as per the diagram. Balls are placed at A and E (distances from A-B, B-C, C-D and D-A is 20m)
  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and start the stopwatch
  • The athlete starts at A with the ball and runs to E, changes the balls over, sprints around the cone at B and back to E to change the balls over. He then runs round cones C and D in turn, changing the ball over at E each time before returning to A
  • The assistant stops the stopwatch and records the time when the athlete's torso crosses the finishing line
   

Test 9

Rugby Test

Diagonal pitch runs

This test requires the athlete to carry out a series of sprints on a rugby pitch (100m x 70m max) as fast as possible

  • The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
  • The athlete sprints from A to B to C to D and back to A
  • The assistant stops the stopwatch and records the time when the athlete's torso crosses the finishing line at A

Assessment

Enter the results of each test in the appropriate Test box and then select the 'Calculate' button. The points for each test, the total points and an assessment of your performance will be displayed.

Test 1 metres points
Test 2 seconds points
Test 3 squat thrusts points
Test 4 sit ups points
Test 5 press ups points
Test 6 seconds points
Test 7 seconds points
Test 8 seconds points
Test 9 seconds points
   
A total of points Assessment

Forward & Back differential

In certain circumstances, the coach might need to compare the test results of a heavy forward with a much lighter back. When making this comparison a total of 50 points should be added to those achieved by the forward.

Injury return

In rugby football, a coach is frequently faced with a situation of deciding when a key player is ready to return to squad training and playing. When the injured player is able to score the same total from the tests as was scored prior to the injury then he/she is probably ready for squad training and competition.

Analysis

Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's level of fitness.

Target Group

This test is suitable for all athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability

Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.

Validity

Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.

Advantages

  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere

Disadvantages

  • Specific facilities required
  • Assistant required to administer the test

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Related References

The following references provide additional information on this topic:

  • UENO, Y. et al. (2011) Aerobic and anaerobic power of rugby football players. In Science and Football: Proceedings of the First World Congress of Science and Football Liverpool, 13-17th April 1987. Routledge
  • GREEN, B. S. et al. (2011) A valid field test protocol of linear speed and agility in rugby union. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 25 (5), p. 1256-1262

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (1998) The Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/rugby.htm [Accessed

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