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Analysis of the effect of alternating home and away field advantage during the Six Nations Rugby Championship

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The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of alternating home and away field advantage on selected performance indicators during the Six Nations Rugby Championship (2005-2009). The sample consisted of (n=75) games played over five seasons of the championship were analysed. The following factors were taken into account: the final match result, number of points scored, number of tries scored, number of drop goals, number of conversions, number of passes and number of possessions kicked. The results of the study indicated that: (i) in general, there is a tendency that teams that are playing at home achieve better results, except for the 2005 season (ii) performance indicators of the game showed statistically significant differences; (iii) the results further indicated that 50% or more of the total points scored are when they play at home. In conclusion, the study indicated that there is a tendency in the Six Nation Rugby Championship (2005-2009) teams will obtain favourable results when they play at home.
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Keywords: GAME ANALYSIS; HOME ADVANTAGE; RUGBY UNION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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