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Table 1 Sample demographic characteristic and rugby-related information (N = 22)

From: Coaches’ perceptions on qualities defining good adolescent rugby players and are important for player recruitment in talent identification programs: the SCRuM project

Characteristic Response n (%)
Type of school coached Government 10 (45.5)
Private 12 (54.5)
High-school rugby league the school plays ina Super Eight Schools Rugby League (elite) 11 (50.0)
Coeducational Schools Rugby League (sub-elite) 5 (22.7)
Interscholastic Schools Rugby League (amateur) 6 (27.3)
Age of the participants (years) 30–39 3 (13.6)
40–49 16 (72.8)
50+ 3 (13.6)
Median age (45.5 years)   
Interquartile range = 42–49   
Number of years coaching high school rugby in total (years) ≤ 9 16 (72.7)
10+ 6 (27.3)
School rugby team currently being coached Under 13 s 1 (4.5)
Under 15 s 2 (9.1)
Under 16 s 5 (22.7)
Second team 5 (22.7)
First team 9 (40.9)
Number of years coaching current school rugby team (years) 1–2 7 (31.8)
3–4 8 (36.4)
5–6 3 (13.6)
7–8 3 (13.6)
9–10 1 (4.5)
Other rugby coaching experience Yes 4 (18.2)
No 18 (81.8)
Have played rugby in lifetime Yes 22 (100)
No 0 (0)
Years played rugby in total (years) 1–9 3 (13.6)
10+ 19 (86.4)
  1. aSuper Eight Schools Rugby League represents the best high school rugby league in the country featuring eight top rugby playing high schools in the country. The league is regarded as the “elite” league. Co-educational Schools Rugby League represents the second most competitive league in the country (sub-elite) and the Interscholastic Schools Rugby League represent high school rugby league for the rest of the schools playing rugby in the county mainly composed of amateur players