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Long travel in 7s series

Source: Irb
Monday, May 12, 2014

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."

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