The Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests to Measure General Fitness of Rugby Player

Posted by Kang Ikal on Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests. This test for measure general fitness of rugby player that need when starting training program or to scouting talent. The objective of this test is to monitor the general fitness of a rugby player. This fitness test contain 9 test to conduct and collecting data of the testee.

Required resources
To undertake this test you will require:
• Rugby pitch
• 400m track
• 30 metre tape measure
• Cones
• Assistant.

How to conduct the tests
Test 1 – The Cooper 12 minutes run test or multistage fitness test
Test 2 – 30 metre sprint time, best of three attempts
Test 3 – Count the number of squat thrusts that can be completed in 1 minute
Test 4 – Count the number of sit-ups that can be completed in 1 minute
Test 5 – Count the number of press-ups that can be completed in 1 minute
Test 6 – Stamina bound over 22 metres, shuttle system, immediate turnabouts, in the following sequence:
• hop right leg;
• giant strides
• hop left leg
• giant strides
• double foot bounds
• sprint
Record the total time taken for the shuttle sequence
Test 7 – Zig zag run
Record the time taken to run from A to B, pick up a ball and run to C, zig-zag between cones to D, and then zig-zag back to C. Sprint to E, put the ball down and sprint to F
The Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests zig-zag run
Test 8 – Start run
Balls are placed at A and E. The player 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 distance from A to B is 8 metres and from A to D is 15 metres. Record the total time taken to complete the agility run.
The Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests Start Run
Test 9 – Diagonal pitch run Record the time taken to sprint from A to B, to C to D, and finish back at A.
The Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests Diagonal Run
Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's fitness and strength.

Points are allocated as follows:
• Test 1 = (Distance – 2560) / 14.4
• Test 2 = (6.7 – Time in seconds) / 0.032
• Test 3 = (number of squats – 25) / 0.65
• Test 4 = (number of sit ups – 15) / 0.5
• Test 5 = (number of press ups – 25) / 0.75
• Test 6 = (78 – total time) / 0.48
• Test 7 = (25.8 – zig zag time) / 0.098
• Test 8 = (16.8 – agility run total time) / 0.068
• Test 9 = (100 – diagonal pitch run time) / 0.4

Add the points for each test to give a total score. Analysis of the total points is as follows:
• Total points > 800 = Excellent
• Total points 700 to 800 = Very Good
• Total points 600 to 699 = Good
• Total points 500 to 599 = Average
• Total points < 500 = Poor

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.

Target group
This test is suitable for players of team sports (Rugby, football etc) but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test.

There are no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.

Reference: Brian Mackenzie, 2005. 101 Performance Evaluation Test

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