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Takeaways of the 2021 Six Nations Leave a comment Read more »

Takeaways of the 2021 Six Nations

The 2021 Six Nations tournament had its fair share of surprises and the odds-on England finishing 5th would have broken the bank. To all coaches, players, and spectators, it is interesting to look at the learnings and the takeaways. What caught your eye? What frustrated…


6 Nations Round 4 - Learnings for the Amateur Game Leave a comment Read more »

6 Nations Round 4 – Learnings for the Amateur Game

Round 4 of the 2021 Six Nations resulted in some exciting and (arguable) surprising results. England v France (23-20) Was this game the new playing model OR two teams simply playing the game correctly? This match demonstrated perfectly that when both teams want to play…


COVID-19 Risks and Solutions for Rugby Leave a comment Read more »

COVID-19 Risks and Solutions for Rugby

Key issues and risks that are currently affecting players, coaches and rugby clubs (and likely to affect in the near future) as well as a list of solutions and recommended approaches to these issues and risks.


6 Nations 2021: Fixture List May Save England Players Leave a comment Read more »

6 Nations 2021: Fixture List May Save England Players

Upcoming 6 Nations fixture against Italy may save some England players.


6 Nations 2021 Must "Win the Mob" Leave a comment Read more »

6 Nations 2021 Must “Win the Mob”

It may seem strange to adopt a gladiatorial phrase to introduce an article on 6 Nations rugby union, however, COVID-19 has prevented the rugby family attending live rugby matches. Although able to watch games across various TV platforms, the arena seems devoid of atmosphere without…


Italian Rugby: Significant Progress Underway and a Good Tour Destination Leave a comment Read more »

Italian Rugby: Significant Progress Underway and a Good Tour Destination

Back in the early 2000’s I was fortunate to visit Italy to conduct coach education and practical coaching sessions. The enthusiasm and passion to learn was very evident, however, basic playing techniques were poor thus making it hard to develop continuous play. The National side…


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