Rugby Science aims to translate sport science into an accessible, practical and easy-to-read format. Although the site’s main focus is rugby union, it is also open to other sports science that may be applicable to rugby. Rugby Science aims to provide evidence-based articles and opinions, rather than “couch expert” rants…

Become a Rugby Scientist

Whether you are an academic wanting to translate your published work, or a student (undergraduate or postgraduate) wanting to discuss your latest research ideas and findings, or a S&C trainer, physiotherapist, MD or coach wanting to share your engagement and application of science and research, we would like you to be part of the team. Articles need not be long (between 200-300 words), and infographics and visualizations are strongly encouraged. Moreover, the article can be anything related to team sports, and not only rugby.


Dr James Brown

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James Brown is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in at the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, based at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. He works in the field of rugby injury prevention for both BokSmart (www.boksmart.com) and the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund (http://www.playersfund.org.za). His PhD thesis evaluated the effectiveness of SARU’s BokSmart programme (www.boksmart.com). James has played (at a low level) and coached  (at various levels) rugby, but has been passionate about the game ever since the Springboks won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Dr Sharief Hendricks

ShariefDr Sharief Hendricks currently holds a NRF Innovation Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Cape Town. He recently (2012) graduated with his PhD from the University of Cape Town, UCT/MRC Exercise Science, and Sports Medicine Research Unit. His thesis was titled ‘The Tackle in Rugby Union: Understanding training and match behaviours to develop better coaching strategies for skill acquisition, performance, and injury prevention’. In his short academic career, he has already published over 10 peer-reviewed articles, presented at numerous international conferences, 3 of which he was one of the keynote speakers (including an International Rugby Board coaching conference). Sharief has also contributed significantly to national strategic documents for his country’s rugby union (SARU). Sharief has also played rugby at provincial level (Western Province Under 21, 2006), and represented the University of Cape Town Rugby Club at 1xv level (Club league and Varsity Cup). He currently still plays for the University of Cape Town.

Wayne Lombard

Wayne, completed his undergraduate and honors degrees at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Durban). He then joined the Sports Science Institute of South Africa as a Biokineticist and Performance enhancement specialist at the High Performance Centre. He then went on to complete is Masters degree and is currently registered for a PhD in exercises science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Wayne has worked with various of South Africa’s top athletes in all sporting codes, including some of South Africa’s Paralympic and Olympic athletes.  Wayne spent 2015/16 year in China as the Head of Athletic Performance for Liaoning, Province, China Hockey. Wayne has recently been offered a post at the Inspire (India) Institute of Sport as the Head of Strength & Conditioning.


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