Analysis: The Anatomy of a Try – Freddie Steward
Nov15

Analysis: The Anatomy of a Try – Freddie Steward

England put in a dominant performance against Australia this past weekend, seeing them off 32-15. The truth of it is England played in fits and starts, struggled on occasion at the set-piece but ultimately just had too much firepower and importantly structure for a tired and underpowered Wallabies team. It happens, especially with so many new players entering the fray. Structure and control will seep from the game but within the game...

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The Anatomy of a Try – Anthony Watson vs Wales 2020
Mar10

The Anatomy of a Try – Anthony Watson vs Wales 2020

There are fewer things more exciting than an England team that attack the gain line. With all their power runners in full flow England on their day are akin to a force of nature. There is (almost) nothing that can stand in its way. When I think of the all time great England Teams of the 90’s and early 00’s, the wonderful Rugby they played was first and foremost about knocking seven bells out of the opposition until they, just,...

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England XV vs The Barbarians: June 2nd 2019
Jun07

England XV vs The Barbarians: June 2nd 2019

For all intents and purposes the game should’ve been an absolute mess. A star studded, underprepared, over imbibed Barbarians side played and slightly less well known, equally underprepared and less inebriated England Saxons side (England XV just doesn’t sound right). I learnt long ago not to get excited about these fixtures, either the international side is way too strong for the Barbarians, or so weak they get walloped....

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The Cipriani Sideshow
Sep13

The Cipriani Sideshow

Few players in the English game are as high profile as Danny Cipriani. Luckily he’s been able to put the embarrassment of the summer behind him and in his first games for his new club delivered two scintillating pieces of skill resulting in tries for Matt Banahan and Charlie Sharples. Two reactive left to right passes under the pressure of the defence, one of them over 20m? No two ways about it, they were both sublime...

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TDBA Podcast Season Two Episode Three – The Autumn Internationals
Nov23

TDBA Podcast Season Two Episode Three – The Autumn Internationals

This week I analyse the weekend pasts matches, focusing on: England vs Australia Wales vs Georgia Scotland vs New Zealand I also briefly touch on Ireland vs Fiji and France vs South...

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