The Brad Barritt Question – Lets talk about stats.
Sep10

The Brad Barritt Question – Lets talk about stats.

Stats are a very useful tool, traditionally the preserve of the professional analysis team, over the last decade more and more stats have become available to aspiring Billy Beane III’s the world over. It’s an arms race my friend and numbers are the weapon of choice, often seen and defended as the one and only gospel truth. With access to stats opening up for fans it’s almost impossible to have a discussion without...

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England 2014: Where are England’s ball carriers?
Dec24

England 2014: Where are England’s ball carriers?

View image | gettyimages.com 12 months is a long time in Rugby Union and it’s not that uncommon to see a well oiled machine start to stutter and splutter. England, whilst not awful, have gone from one of the strongest attacking teams in the Six Nations to a team searching for a spark. Additionally in the four weeks of the Autumn internationals they went from a team looking to put away the SH giants and set out their stall ahead...

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The Anatomy of a Try – Katherine Merchant vs Samoa August 2014
Aug03

The Anatomy of a Try – Katherine Merchant vs Samoa August 2014

The IRB Women's Rugby World Cup is currently underway and the first round of games saw two big wins for the Black Ferns of New Zealand who beat Kazakhstan 79-5, and England who put Samoa away in a 65-3, 10 try rout, though it was a score line that belied the hard work put in by Samoa in this compelling game. You can follow the world cup here: Women's Rugby World Cup where their is daily news and videos, including...

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New Zealand vs England –  Focus on Englands Defensive Woes
Jun25

New Zealand vs England – Focus on Englands Defensive Woes

Alas it was not to be, 3-0 to New Zealand. Expected? Maybe so, but England must have hoped for a test win. They showed a lot of encouraging signs but for all their endeavor they still came up significantly short. Combative yes, competitive, yes, but for about 30-40 minutes of the test series New Zealand tore England apart with attacking Rugby that exposed huge flaws in their game. Defence has been a big part of England's...

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New Zealand vs England – 1st Test Analysis
Jun11

New Zealand vs England – 1st Test Analysis

One test down and three games to go and it’s close but no cigar for England, and business as usual with New Zealand working a very well taken try in the closing minutes of the game to take the spoils. As first tests go, it was exactly what we’ve come to expect, an error strewn affair. With a New Zealand team finding their feet and England playing a predominantly set piece oriented game trying to create try scoring...

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