Table 1

Cohort demographic information

Former international rugby players
(n=412)
Matched population comparison group
(n=1236)
Number (%)
SIMD quintile
 111 (2.7)33 (2.7)
 241 (10.0)123 (10.0)
 366 (16.0)198 (16.0)
 4127 (30.8)381 (30.8)
 5167 (40.5)501 (40.5)
Player position
Forward222 (53.9)N/A
 Front row96 (23.3)N/A
 Lock40 (9.7)N/A
 Back row86 (20.9)N/A
Backs190 (46.1)N/A
 Half backs58 (14.1)N/A
 Three quarters111 (26.9)N/A
 Fullback21 (5.1)N/A
Year of birth
 1900–191947 (11.5)141 (11.5)
 1920–193991 (22.1)273 (22.1)
 1940–195989 (21.6)267 (21.6)
 1960–1979109 (26.4)327 (26.4)
 1980–199076 (18.5)228 (18.5)
  • N/A, not applicable; SIMD, Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.