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Rugby Union Spring Tours 2021 Review Leave a comment Read more »

Rugby Union Spring Tours 2021 Review

The Rugby Union Spring Tours 2021 continued to reveal some interesting developments in the evolution of the competing nations. In this article I set out a brief analysis of each nation’s result as well some general observations from the Spring Tour results. One key learning is that in the modern game you must keep the referee and TMO out of the contest.


Little Difference Coaching Talented Rugby Youth vs International Players Leave a comment Read more »

Little Difference Coaching Talented Rugby Youth vs International Players

During this Covid-19 crisis many coaches were/are lying idle. However, I received an email from a parent asking me if I would do some one on one coaching, with his 11-year-old son, Jack. I knew the parent and had worked with his son’s team previously.


Adapted Laws - Generate Quickness & Speed! Leave a comment Read more »

Adapted Laws – Generate Quickness & Speed!

The introduction of adapted laws during the COVID pandemic in both rugby union and rugby league has resulted in a faster product, with increased continuity where both players and coaches can produce a more exciting game.


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.


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