What is it that causes Gloucester to perform so well at Kingsholm, but suffer a little bit on their travels???
I am Masters Student from Northumbria University, and I post today to ask for some help. I have just started my thesis for an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and, as the title of the thread suggests, I am investigating the home advantage in Rugby Union.
The home advantage can be found in many sports, and refers to the fact that teams tend to perform better at their home ground than they do in away fixtures. For instance, over the last five seasons in the Premiership, Gloucester have one of the best home winning percentages, winning 80% of their games at Kingsholm. But, on the road, this winning percentage drops to 27%, a figure amongst the worst for premiership teams over the same period.
I am interested in looking at factors which contribute to such a home advantage in Rugby Union, and am particularly interested in gathering the varying opinions of different groups who are involved in the game, such as players, supporters and referees.
To this end I have created a short research survey, which can be found via the following link;
I would be very grateful of anyone who could spare a few moments to take part in this research and complete the questionnaire, which should take no longer than 10 minutes.
Once the thesis is finished, I will place a summary of the findings on the forum, which I believe could form the basis of an interesting discussion going in to the new season.
Should anyone have any questions or queries in the meantime, please either post on here or private message me and I will reply as soon as possible.