THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SCANNING PROFILE FOR INTERNATIONAL FLY-HALVES
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The aim of study was to establish and develop a scanning profile of international fly halves to further understanding into the area and to firstly develop the international players and secondly to use it as a tool for development of club based players. Some work into scanning has been conducted in other sports but nothing specific to rugby union, so performance indicators needed to be developed in conjunction with elite coaches in order to analyse the players scanning profiles effectively so that the coaches can use the results. Three games for the two players were analysed using computerised analysis software called SportsCode, using the performance indicators that split scanning into Active, Non-Active and Other. The profiles that were generated for the two players created some very interesting discussions with the elite coaches as they offered differing opinions on the matter and thus created a profile that combined both of the players. This profile was agreed upon by all the elite coaches involved that in their opinions was an optimum profile for a fly half from the matches analysed as it combined Stephen Jones‟s frequency of scans with Toby Flood‟s duration of scans to have an optimum profile in both active and non-active scanning. Overall, this research has developed the area of scanning within rugby union, which in turn may lead to performance benefits for the teams involved due to a better understanding of the area. Further research needs to be conducted into this area as it is seen to be very influential on the performance of a fly half and the outcome of the game.
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