Sevens Uncovered: Working hard to travel well

(IRB.COM) Friday 9 May 2014
 
 Sevens Uncovered: Working hard to travel well
Players spend 210 hours on flights to travel to the nine destinations on the HSBC Sevens World Series

One of the aspects not seen by many on the HSBC Sevens World Series is the travel teams need to make over short and long distances.

With the World Series visiting destinations in every continent, minimising the effect of long haul travel is part of preparation for the teams and match officials. 

"We can divide it into three areas, what you do before, during and when you get to a destination," said iRB conditioning coach, Matthew Blair. 

"It is easy to jump on a long haul flight and sit there for hours and watch movies. The crucial thing to do is have movement through the flight, keeping hydration up, and watch what you eat and drink. 

"You have to then work hard when you get to the destination to get into the rhythm. We have to make sure the guys have the opportunity to be fresh and feel good physically when they take the field which enhances the game."

"We have added it up and we spend about 210 hours in the air with nine tournaments, around about 250 hours traveling time," said Matt Wenham, New Zealand Sevens' physiotherapist. 

"That is a massive time for any athlete jetting around the globe. We have identified that is the critical area where we can improve and be consistent in between tournaments. We have put a lot of resources into managing our travel plans."

London Sevens

Round 9
16-17 May 2015
Venue: Twickenham
City: London
Capacity: 82,000

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
ENG39
NZL37
ARG35
WAL33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
SAM39
KEN36
CAN36
USA33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
AUS39
FIJ37
ESP35
JPN33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
FRA37
SCO35
POR33
more
Photos
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