Table 1

Forward packs subdivision and average pack weight

CategoryCompeting level (number of teams)Pack weight*
InternationalSix Nations (4), RFU Premiership with international players in the pack (2)8749 (165)
ElitePro 12 (3), RFU Premiership (2), RFU Championship (1)8523 (143)
CommunityRFU level 5–7 (6)8262 (325)
AcademyPro 12 Academy (1), RFU Premiership Academy (1),
RFU Championship Academy (1), British Universities (3)
7771 (197)
WomenSix Nations (2), RFU Premiership (1), RFU Championship (1)6326 (257)
SchoolRFU Level 7 Colts & U17 (2), Pro 12 U18 (2), National Schools U18 Cup (2)6685 (637)
  • *Mean (SD). Weight is reported in N.

  • Pro 12 is the name of an annual rugby union competition involving 12 professional sides from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales; RFU, Rugby Football Union. The number between brackets refer to the number of teams of that type. The meaning of the number is in the header, ie, competing level (number of teams).