Monday, 22 October 2007

News from npower

England’s power play to light up Rugby World Cup final

With the Rugby World Cup drawing to a dramatic close this Saturday, Britain’s Brightest Energy Company, npower, has been working with experts at Sheffield Hallam University to establish the sheer volume of energy expended over the entire dramatic tournament.

Saturday’s game in France will see England and South Africa putting all their energy into claiming the Cup and npower have estimated that the expected energy output being the equivalent required to:
· Keep 56 x 42” LCD televisions running for the duration of the final
· Cool down nearly 1,400 cans of beer to 4° C
· Light an energy saving bulb for fifty four and a half days
· Take 800 people around the London eye nearly 63 times
· Make nearly 482 mugs of tea

The power of the scrum alone in this battle of the Titans will leave a lot resting upon the shoulders of our front row, with scientists calculating that every metre our boys push the Springboks; they will be generating a force of nearly one tonne.

Given that an 80 minute game in The Rugby World Cup has on average 10 scrums, scientists calculate that energy from the scrums alone could power an energy saving light bulb for over four and half hours.

Throughout the whole six week Rugby World Cup tournament, the total energy generated throughout the 48 games, would be enough to:

· Make over 23,000 cups of tea
· Cool down 67,200 cans of beer to 4° C
· Keep 2,688 x 42” LCD televisions running for the duration of the final

With Energy Saving Week next week and our team’s duties over, perhaps we should harness their energy potential to help power the UK.

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Notes to editors:
The energy expended by an average rugby player was calculated using standing, jogging, cruising and sprinting times for the average back and forward during a rugby match. This data was taken from Deutsch and Kearney (2007). The energy required for each of these activities for a player of mass 98 kg was then calculated using values taken from McArdle et al. (2001).

The force values used in these calculations were calculated from values taken from Quarrie and Wilson (2000).

Deutsch, M. U. and Kearney, G. A. (2007) Time - Motion Analysis of Professional Rugby Union Players During Match-Play. In journal of Sports Sciences, 25, 461-472.
McArdle, W. D., Katch, F. I. and Katch, V. L. (2001) Exercise Physiology.
Quarrie, K. L. and Wilson, B. D. (2000) Force Production in the Rugby Union Scrum. In Journal of Sports Sciences, 18, 237-246.

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