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Subgroups and cliques in sport : a longitudinal case study of a rugby union team. / Wagstaff, Christopher R. D.; Martin, Luc J.; Thelwell, Richard C.

In: Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Vol. 30, 01.05.2017, p. 164-172.

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Wagstaff, Christopher R. D. ; Martin, Luc J. ; Thelwell, Richard C. / Subgroups and cliques in sport : a longitudinal case study of a rugby union team. In: Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 2017 ; Vol. 30. pp. 164-172.

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