From: Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness
An interesting paper that investigates which anthropometric and physical performance variables characterised players that advanced to professional teams (professionals) and how these variables changed over time, compared to those that did not secure professional contracts (i.e. remained amateurs).
Performances analysed for 83 male rugby players collected between 2015 and 2019 were determined using repeated measures analysis.
The study conclusion are limited but it states the characteristics that are likely to assist players in becoming professionals include being older, heavier, taller and stronger.
Click on the PDF to make your conclusions. Short and long-term differences in anthropometric characteristics and physical performance between male rugby players