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New Scrum Laws: A Bit of a Farce? Leave a comment Read more »

New Scrum Laws: A Bit of a Farce?

  Is crouch-bind-set the start of the end of the game for all sizes? New scrum laws this season have, in my opinion, seen this area of the game turn into a bit of a farce. In many games that I have watched, both on…


School of Hard Knocks Charity Launch Event Leave a comment Read more »

School of Hard Knocks Charity Launch Event

Any Kleinwort Benson employee leaving their desk late last Wednesday could have been forgiven for feeling somewhat diminutive on their way out of the building. The central London offices of the asset management firm played host for the evening to a number of towering rugby…


Holistic Athlete Development (Part 1) Leave a comment Read more »

Holistic Athlete Development (Part 1)

In this series of blogs, I would like to introduce coaches and athletes to a concept that aims to develop players through skills gained and applied outside the usual training and competition environment. The idea is that coaches and athletes should emphasise a stronger requirement…


FRN Narrowly Miss Beating Italy 12-17 at National Pub 7s Leave a comment Read more »

FRN Narrowly Miss Beating Italy 12-17 at National Pub 7s

The FRN “Flair” men’s 7s team narrowly missed beating Italy in a close match that ended 12-17 at the National Pub 7s on 25 August 2013 at Harpenden RFC. This was the 48th National Pub 7s tournament and the team’s second experience at the annual…


Keep Fit Off the Pitch With Dance Leave a comment Read more »

Keep Fit Off the Pitch With Dance

Gavin Henson, Ben Cohen, Matt Dawson, Austin Healey and Martin Offiah have all done it on “Strictly Come Dancing”. Although rugby and dance don’t normally get lumped together in the same conversation, the benefits of using dance to keep fit off the field far out…


Develop Speed and Power (Part I) Leave a comment Read more »

Develop Speed and Power (Part I)

Welcome to the first article of my new rugby fitness blog! In this article, which is part I of a two-part series, I am going to cover a topic which will benefit any rugby player: speed training. There are many gimmicks out there that claim…


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