Has the introduction of regional rugby resulted in improved performance? A study based on Llanelli RFC per and post regionalisation
Jones, Gareth Wyn
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of the study was to determine whether the new regional structure in Wales has resulted in improved performances by considering the performances of Llanelli in the 2002/03 season and the newly created Llanelli Scarlets for the 2003/04 season. A hand notation system was designed to analyse set piece play, attack, defence, continuity, effors and skill levels. Twelve matches in total were analysed - six matches pre and six matches post the introduction of regional rugby. The data collected was compared and analysed using the Mann Whitney U test. Significant differences were drawn from the study in that the Llanelli Scarlets conceded fewer tries and were awarded fewer line-outs on average per match' Although the other variables analysed did not show significant differences the study clearly shows that since the introduction of regional rugby performances are improving through higher skill levels, fewer errors, improved successes at set pieces and a better defence. This study gives an insight into the changes that occurred to Llanelli R.F.C after the introduction of regional rugby and makes suggestions for further research.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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