The 1014 Rugby look at modern rugby through the lens of a coach’s playbook.
Add to this the comments from both Eddie Jones and Scott Robertson regarding defence and it becomes apparent how important systems are. Yes, playing what is in front of you is important, however, building the foundation is even more so.
Defence has developed faster than attack and defence is the main change in the game since RWC2015. Both of those statements from two incredibly well-respected coaches goes to show the importance of a playbook. The importance of structure and also the importance of structure that still allows heads-up rugby.
In this video The 1014 Rugby want to:
- Show what teams are trying to do.
- Why they are trying to do it.
So that you can recognise patterns. And ultimately understand and enjoy rugby more.
The areas covered in this overview of modern rugby are:
- Pattern Play
- Phase Play
- Zones of a field
- Old school moves
- International team playbook
A great example of pattern play can be seen in the try that Bonneval scores from a brilliant offload by Bastareaud. The game in question is the France v Italy Week 3 match in the 2018 Six Nations. Pattern play is a set number of plays with pre-defined moves. And this is exactly what France did. France steals a lineout, call a three-phase wide move, come back on one phase and then have created space. This is the patterns we refer to. This is run through in detail in the video.
Phase play is also known as an unpredictable attack. It is in open play and revolves around little groups of players forming structures. The structures could be triangles, diamonds, squares, whatever takes the teams fancy. The above image shows a very high-level layout of 2-4-2 which will be shown in more detail in the coming videos.
Zones of the field
The following three images show how the field can be broken down. This is important in terms of understanding the playbook and getting a feel for what some commentators refer to.
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