Intro on performance profiling for rugby

Performance profiling in rugby helps players to measure their progress towards set goals. Performance profiling or feedback is part of the whole goal setting program.

Players are motivated if they see their performance improves towards the standard they have set. Again, communication with your players is the key: everybody should know why they play rugby, what they want to achieve.

Why Profiling?

Here are some reasons:

You see that goal setting has little effect without the feedback provided by performance profiling.

Performance Analysis

Performance Analysis should give you and the player an object view on the performance of their skills. You should break-down everything in such details that systematic observations will give you good feedback on the progress made.

Two different approaches are possible:

I use the first one, scribbling away on a notepad and experimenting with a video analyses program. Focus on taking notes on those performance parameters that quantify the progress of a skill.


There are several ways to provide feedback on the goalsetting program but most of all remember that the performance goals set by the players are already quantified in terms of Technical -, Tactical -, Mental -, Fitness - and Strength characteristics and perhaps other relevant issues. In the goalsetting program described earlier you identified for each characteristic the achievers/what to do.

Example: improve my goal kicking:

A performance profile can now easily be made using the above characteristics.

Another example

I found some profile sheets more based on functional roles that can help you get some ideas. An excerpt below:

Performance profile Backs and Defence

How to gather the data

This is of course the big thing: record keeping, processing the info and finding time to evaluate with the player(s). Again al lot of organisational skills required. Think about:


I think that this goal setting process is an excellent way to discuss with your players how you all are going to work together. It gives you an opportunity to discuss with the players what you think is needed for the team to progress.

All in all valuable time spent inside! Good luck, hope that reading this page helps you!

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