The British and Irish Lions 2017 – The Update
Apr17

The British and Irish Lions 2017 – The Update

Starting with an apology for the lack of articles over the 6 nations, I would like to get in a quick “movers and shakers” update on my predicted Lions squad. As the primary northern hemisphere competition, the six Nations is as good a barometer as any of judging a players ability at the top level and therefore their performances in said competition gives a good guideline of where they currently are on form. As always starting off up...

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England – Strike Move Analysis
Nov27

England – Strike Move Analysis

The pressures of winning test matches, along with the set piece fiasco of late, have led to a decrease in 1st phase strike moves. Most test sides, at least in the northern hemisphere, have started taking the safer option of creating space through phase play, more often than not crashing up a runner first to set a platform they can build from. However with England, much as he did with Japan, Eddie Jones has started...

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Australia vs England 1st Test – Analysis
Jun15

Australia vs England 1st Test – Analysis

Test match Rugby is won and lost on decision making, you get the calls right you win, you get them wrong you lose. It’s really that simple. Every single time anything happens it’s a series of decisions, made by the player, that impacts on the wider test match. Cause and Effect. That is why you hear modern players and coaches constantly talking about "what they can control". That can be a decision, a...

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Brumbies vs Chiefs –  Match Analysis
Apr04

Brumbies vs Chiefs – Match Analysis

If anyone had been in doubt about the Chiefs title credentials then the manner of their victory over the Brumbies must have been one hell of a wake up call. As we all know, defence coupled with arduous and intelligent attacking play is the template championship winning sides are built on, it's also the exact blueprint of the Brumbies. Behind the Stormers (56) and the Sharks (71) the Brumbies defence was one of the most...

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England: 6 Nations Discipline
Mar28

England: 6 Nations Discipline

There’s been much comparison between England under Eddie Jones and Stuart Lancaster. But, what ever the differences, it's impossible to argue with the fact England, for the first time in five years, got the job done. An area that’s understandably come in for praise has been England's defence since Gustard took over. England conceded 30 points less than in the 2015 6 Nations, thats an average...

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World Rugby Law Variations Trials
Dec27

World Rugby Law Variations Trials

  Recently it was revealed that the NZRFU,and SARFU will be trialing some law variations at ITM (NZ) and Vodacom (SA) Level**. If you’re not familiar with either competition then suffice to say both are the premier domestic rugby competitions in their native lands (Super Rugby being cross boarders). The full list is available here and they are too numerous to breakdown individually, but for me the most interesting law...

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