Table 1

Baseline data for participating players

Playing position (number of players)Mean (SD)
Age (years)Stature (cm)Body mass (kg)
All forwards (n=153)28.0 (4.4)172.5 (7.0)79.3 (8.1)
 Front row (n=64)28.5 (4.2)167.7 (5.6)81.9 (8.7)
 Second row (n=34)28.1 (4.2)178.8 (4.7)80.6 (7.4)
 Back row (n=55)27.3 (4.7)171.0 (6.0)75.5 (6.3)
All backs (n=132)26.4 (4.4)166.1 (6.1)67.2 (6.4)
 Halves (n=43)27.5 (5.0)164.6 (6.1)65.7 (6.7)
 Inside backs (n=31)26.1 (4.3)166.3 (6.2)68.4 (6.2)
 Outside backs (n=58)25.8 (3.8)167.3 (5.3)67.6 (6.1)
All players (n=285)27.2 (4.4)169.0 (7.0)73.7 (9.5)
t Test; p value*0.0290.1070.271
  • * 'All players' values compared with ‘all players’ values in 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup.1