The 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa season (branded as Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa for sponsorship reasons) was a professional club rugby union tournament organised by New Zealand Rugby featuring the 5 New Zealand Super Rugby sides. This article analyses the takeaways from the opening game where…
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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.
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The 2021 Lions Tour has failed to inspire. Dubbed a “trilogy of tedium”, the rugby lacked creativity with big players running straight into each other and a demonstrated a real issue with lack of respect for refereeing which World Rugby needs to correct.
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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…
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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…
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Six Nations rugby has come under fire of late for a lack of excitement, but statistics from the last 10 tournaments tell a very different story.