Rugby Players Are Not Only Getting Bigger, But They're Becoming Harder To Tell Apart

Researchers at Massey University have discovered that rugby players are not only getting bigger, but they're much becoming harder to tell apart.
 
 
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Dec. 15, 2011 - PRLog -- Researchers at Massey University have discovered that rugby players are not only getting bigger, but they're much becoming harder to tell apart. A team from the School of Sport and Exercise led by Associate Professor Steve Stannard and lecturer and former Manawatu rugby player Jeremy Hapeta tracked the height and weight of All Blacks over a 100-year period. Managing Director of Cascade expressed his feelings on this report, saying, “Alot can change in 100 years and I’m pretty sure that there has been some noticeable differences in heights and weights now than what they were 100 years ago.”

It shows on average in 2005, an All Blacks team member was 187cm tall, 12cm taller than the average 1905 Originals player. His weight, at 102.5kg, was 7.5kg heavier than the heaviest of the Originals. The lightest player in 2005 weighed 84kg; he was still 3kg heavier than the average Original who weighed 81kg.The Managing Director of Cascade, a well-known marketing company based in Plymouth that specialise in telecommunications, has commented, saying, “Looking at the bigger picture we can definitely say that this is a great thing, in my opinion, the bigger the player, the better the player!”

Mr Hapeta said that in 1905 the difference in BMI between players was small, with their physical sizes and shapes all quite similar. "If a player mislaid his jersey, he could probably borrow a near fit from a team member. In the 1985 and 1995 teams, the variance in BMI was more than double that of the Originals, meaning that players were much more varied in shape, probably due to positioning specialisation. Traditionally, if you were short you were put in the backs and if you had a puku you were put in the forwards, but that was the amateur game. Now they want a prototype robo rugby player. Guys like Sonny Bill Williams are evening things up again." A source from Cascade reflected upon these results and said, “It’s all down to nutrition, over the decades athletes have learned to eat cleverly and have a better balance of work and rest.”

Source: news.bbc.co.uk/sport

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