Major World Rugby Conference in advance of World Cup

Two days ahead of this autumn's Rugby World Cup the University will play host to a major World Rugby Science Network Conference.

Two days ahead of this autumn's Rugby World Cup the University will host a major World Rugby Science Network Conference focusing on injury prevention in the sport.

As we countdown to the Rugby World Cup which kicks off later this week, the University hosts a major World Rugby conference focusing on injury prevention within the sport.

The two-day event - which takes place over Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 September, days before England kick off their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham on Friday - will bring together world experts with coaching staff and players, to look at how research can be applied to improve player safety and performance in the sport.

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Proud rugby heritage

For the City with a proud rugby heritage, there is a strong tradition of rugby research at our University, with direct impacts on the game.

In 2013, as a result of research carried out within our Department for Health, a new scrum engagement technique ‘crouch, bind, set’ was rolled out internationally. This work is already going a long way to improve player welfare for the 7 million rugby players worldwide.

At this week's Conference, our researchers will share latest findings relating to coaching science, injury prevention, biomechanics, nutrition, physiology, strength & conditioning, psychology and sports medicine.

Read the recent feature on our work from this weekend's The Guardian & Observer 'Rugby World Cup organisers hope new safety rules will broaden sport’s appeal'.

Engaging an international audience

Senior Lecturer in biomechanics and event organiser Dr Grant Trewartha explained: “The World Rugby Science Network is focussed on sharing the best scientific evidence relevant to rugby with the game’s practitioners. Our first conference will reflect the global reach of the Network by taking place in international locations, with internationally-recognised speakers and reaching a truly international audience via the live webcasts. We hope it will stimulate more rugby research and encourage international collaborations.”

Co-organiser and Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Dr Keith Stokes added: "We are really excited to be organising this conference with the support of World Rugby. At a time when the eyes of the World will be focusing on the spectacle of the Rugby World Cup, we will be sharing expert knowledge on a wide range of topics that will improve player development, player performance and player safety on a global scale."

For more details on the Conference see You can also follow developments on Twitter via @RSNLive15.

Rugby research excellence

Research from Bath in this area is world-leading. According to the latest independently-assessed Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, our research across sports and exercise science was judged to be fourth nationally for impact. For more see .

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Research at the University of Bath

  • The Rugby Science Network is part of the University of Bath's Department for Health. World-renowned academics work within the Department's Sport, Health and Exercise Science research group conducting research that advances knowledge of how physical activity, exercise and sport, are related to human health and performance.
  • Much of the research focuses on reducing the impact of injuries and illnesses for athletes and military personnel to enhance welfare and maintain performance. Research partners include World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Ministry of Defence.

Academic programmes

The Department of Health at the University of Bath delivers prestigious undergraduate and postgraduate degrees including:

PhD Health

Many of our research students work in the fields of elite performance and exercise science. Find out more about:

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