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Coaching Insight: Ireland v England (Six Nations) Leave a comment Read more »

Coaching Insight: Ireland v England (Six Nations)

All points to an Ireland win…doesn’t it? Grand slams are hard to win, Ireland only have two, in 1948 and 2009. England have 13. Analysis of last weekend’s performances by both sides is over. Now it’s a shoot-out at Twickenham. Selection a major issue for…


British Lions v Blues: What Went Wrong? Leave a comment Read more »

British Lions v Blues: What Went Wrong?

Having watched the Lions v Blues game, which is the second match of the 2017 British Lions tour there are a few things which worry me about the performance of the British Lions. Firstly, the much mentioned “Warren-ball” approach seems to be the go-to approach.…


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…


Autumn friendlies: What will they reveal before the 6 Nations? Leave a comment Read more »

Autumn friendlies: What will they reveal before the 6 Nations?

It seems that there has been a lot of drama and misfortune surrounding the 6 Nations this year. There have been injuries, deaths and even a couple of law changes to the game. So, this year’s friendlies could be the most unpredictable to date. However,…


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