SCRUm Cohort Study

High rates of injury in rugby for professional and amateur players are well documented, but less attention has been focused on the injuries in schoolboys' level rugby. This study will capture the training loads and injury risk in schoolboys’ rugby in Leinster, as well as investigate if players’ training loads are linked to injury and illness risk over a full season.

Studies such as this are a crucial step in the future development of injury prevention strategies.

  • Principal investigators: Dr Helen French and Louise Keating
  • Co-investigators:
    • Sarah Murphy, PhD student, RCSI
    • Mr Cliff Beirne, Dean of FSEM and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Sports Surgery Clinic Santry
    • Prof. John Quinlan, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Tallaght University Hospital
    • Prof. Ronan Conroy, Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, RCSI
    • Dr Chris Bleakley, Associate Professor, High Point University, USA
    • Jennifer Murphy and David Clancy, Research Assistants, RCSI RCSI

How is this study be carried out?

Teams registered with the Leinster Schools Senior and Vinnie Murray Cup competitions have been recruited to participate in the SCRUm study covering the 2019-2020 rugby season, culminating at Easter weekend with the cup final.

The study will collect information covering training and matches from Leinster schools during league fixtures and senior cup competitions (Senior Cup and Vinnie Murray Cup). A pilot study took place during the cup season from January to March 2019, which followed four teams throughout the cup season.

Taking part in the study

If you are eligible you will have received an email from your school coach with information about the study or attended our roadshow information session at your school. Once you have reviewed our information leaflet and you decide to be involved, you will need to formally consent to participate in the study. If you have any questions before you consent, you can email

Players 18 years or over Players under 18 years
  • Grant funding: This study is funded by the IRFU Charitable Trust (IRFUCT).
  • Ethical approval: Ethics approval for this project has been received from the RCSI Research Ethics Committee (REC 1608). Additionally, permission has been given for the study by the Leinster Rugby Schools Committee and the IRFU.

Further details and training on use of the World Rugby’s WISTL Player app will be provided at your school by the research team.

Supported by the IRFU Charitable Trust and Leinster Rugby Schools committee