What is a good speed test for rugby athletes?

One good linear speed test for rugby is the 40-yard dash. To perform this assessment, have a player line up on the starting line and start the time from the player's first movement.  Stop the clock once the player runs through the finish line, 40 yards from the starting line.  If you have the capability, it is great to get a 10-yard split time as well.  Knowing how fast a player is over the first 10 yards of a sprint is advantageous because it gives insight to acceleration capability. The comparison of 10-yard to 40-yard time is a good indicator of where a player may struggle with sprinting. Linear speed is a valuable skill for rugby players.  The ability to get up and down the field quickly creates opportunities for any rugby player.

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