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Rugby Tour Abroad During COVID Pandemic? Read more »

Rugby Tour Abroad During COVID Pandemic?

Covid restrictions and varying country entry requirements mean that holidays and tours abroad have required extra preparation, however, travel is very much possible, and a team rugby tour is something to aim for in 2022! Pre-season, mid-season and post-season, team tours are an established part…


Learnings from 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa Leave a comment Read more »

Learnings from 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa

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…


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.


Lions Tour Failed to Inspire Leave a comment Read more »

Lions Tour Failed to Inspire

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.


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…


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