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Jones beats France because England couldn’t! Leave a comment Read more »

Jones beats France because England couldn’t!

Frustration and culture force Eddie’s hand. England’s problems are at 7, 12 and Itoje! If Itoje is to play at 6 and run amok he needs inside backs who can build pressure, not kick ball away under pressure. Successful back line attack should always have…


How to beat the All Blacks at their own game Leave a comment Read more »

How to beat the All Blacks at their own game

As the 6 Nations nears, focus in Northern Hemisphere (“NH“) rugby will switch from national selection to Lions selection. The 6 Nations is an opportunity for players to stake a claim and prove themselves. However, is the starting point individual ability or is it playing…


Northern vs Southern Hemisphere Rugby Leave a comment Read more »

Northern vs Southern Hemisphere Rugby

With 12 years of coaching experience in the Southern Hemisphere between them, Mike Penistone and Will Eggleston examine some areas where there is a difference between the Northern Hemisphere (“NH“) and the Southern Hemisphere (“SH“) approach to playing rugby. The player Generally the SH player…


Is it yesterday once more? A review of English, Welsh & Irish Rugby Leave a comment Read more »

Is it yesterday once more? A review of English, Welsh & Irish Rugby

Are England the real deal? Are Wales serious about returning to a former playing style? Have the Irish improved or the Springboks declined? Rugby performance stats are drifting around like confetti at a wedding and there are lots of them. England Farrell scored 61 of…


The Future of England Rugby:What Would Eddie say? Leave a comment Read more »

The Future of England Rugby:What Would Eddie say?

Following England’s Six Nations win and their first Grand Slam since 2003 after beating France in Paris this past weekend, every man and his dog is offering up their opinion on the future of England rugby. I have been asked what I would do if…


Six Nations: Issues resolved….....maybe not? Leave a comment Read more »

Six Nations: Issues resolved……..maybe not?

For 40 minutes England had the southern Hemisphere scribes shuffling in their seats. Ford had a second touch in the first minute…wow! Brown was potent in attack, Itoje was everywhere, and England camped territorially. To win 25-21, be outscored 3-1 in tries however, stopped the…


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