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45% Of Players Pressured To Play Or Train When Not Fully Fit – Global Player Survey


International Rugby Players, a global representative body on issues of importance to professional rugby players, have published a report outlining the results of a survey conducted among men’s international 15s players. 

More than 350 players worldwide responded to the survey with all nations who have qualified for the 2019 World Cup in Japan represented in addition to four emerging nations; Germany, Kenya, Hong Kong and Romania.

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An overview of the survey results can be found below:

  • More than half of players think Test matches should not be played outside of international Test windows;
  • 45% of players said they were pressured to play or train when not fully fit;
  • 23% of players have felt pressured by their club not to play for their country;
    • 40% of those players succumbed to that pressure and didn’t play for their country
  • 48% of players surveyed believe that 21-25 is the optimum number of matches to be played per season;

International Rugby Players CEO Omar Hassanein said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank all of our members who took the time to complete this survey. The feedback from all 24 nations was incredible and shows the passion of players who want their voices to be heard and the issues to be highlighted.

“What’s become evident is that player welfare can’t be just talked about, it needs to be acted upon. As an example, too many players are highlighting player load as a real issue and talking about being overburdened in training or playing too many matches.

“This survey has highlighted many important areas of work and we will be progressing these with World Rugby and the other governing bodies in 2019 and beyond, including the ongoing work of the Player Load Working Group.”

More detail of the survey which covered topics ranging from player load, injuries, welfare and remuneration for representing a country can be found here.

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