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Super Rugby Skills | The New Skills From The Kiwi Sides In Round 1

In our previous article on the Kiwi teams' scrum domination tactics, we finished on a brilliant pass from Ryan Crotty to send Ennor through a non-existent gap. In this article, we will continue on that theme and analyse some...
Super Rugby Tactics

Super Rugby Tactics | How The New Zealand Teams Will Win Territory

The Super Rugby tactics from Round 1 have given us a few hints at what the Kiwi teams are up to when playing for territory. Here we will look at the smarter kicking being used, as well as a...
Super Rugby Round 1

Super Rugby Round 1 | The Kiwi Teams’ Scrum Domination Tactics

There's a stereotype persisting among certain commentators that scrums in Super Rugby are an afterthought. If you watch the highlight reel from Super Rugby Round 1, it's easy to see why people think it's a place where skill and...
Italy v Wales tactics

Italy v Wales Tactics | Can Wales Keep Their Unbeaten Streak Alive?

Wales have had an ace start to the 6 Nations in terms of results, beating France and then going back to back to dispatch Italy. They will now face a more daunting task as they prepare to take on the...
Scotland v Ireland Tactics

Scotland v Ireland Tactics | Joe Schmidt’s Power Plays In Depth

With Townsend and Schmidt at the helm, the Scotland v Ireland tactics were always going to be on another level. We have already broken down the moments that cost Scotland the game, and here we will go through Joe...
Italy v Wales

Italy v Wales | Italy’s Game Management Problems Explained

After Wales almost stumbled against France in their opening 6 Nations match, Italy had a slim chance of an upset here. Italy v Wales at the Stadio Olimpico should have served as a turning point for Conor O'Shea's men, as they...
Scotland v Ireland tactics

Scotland v Ireland | The Moments That Cost Scotland Victory

In this years 6 Nations, Scotland v Ireland pitted two mastermind coaches against each other. Both Joe Schmidt and Gregor Townsend understand the dark arts of elite level strike moves and generating defensive mismatches. Ireland won, and that result...
England v France tactics

England v France Tactics | Why France Failed to Expose England

France were unceremoniously demolished at Twickenham by an England side that appeared to have no weaknesses. However, the truth is France were sometimes just a few passes from finding space. Let's look at the England v France tactics and...
England v France

England v France | England’s Multi-Phase Moves Revealed

England v France should have been another tense affair, with England grinding a second win in their first home game of the 6 Nations. Instead, we witnessed a 44-8 annihilation. England's plans for beating France were constructed over multiple...
The England Way

The New England Way Part 1: Defence

"We Go Again" Since 2016, these three simple words, screamed by players and captain alike, symbolise The England Way. Hartley repeated it in the changing rooms after the Australia tour. Billy Vunipola screamed this to his players before their final first...
Scotland v Italy tactics

Scotland v Italy Tactics | Why Italy Can’t Keep Up In The 6 Nations

I don't write this article as a disrespectful criticism of Italy. But after their opening 6 Nations loss to Scotland, a wave a deja-vu must be washing over their fanbase. Every 6 Nations Italy tout improvements, but can't quite keep...
Scotland v Italy

Scotland v Italy | Scotland’s Game-Changing Innovation

While other international sides modify structures slightly to suit their purposes, Scotland is busy re-writing the book from scratch. In this Scotland v Italy 6 Nations clash, Scotland played barbarian-style rugby at times while also retaining a ruthless streak. This...
France v Wales analysis

France v Wales Analysis | Was Wales Win Luck Or Skill?

After Wales overcame a 16 point deficit to beat France, it wasn't entirely clear whether they had earned their victory or were gifted the win through French mistakes. The answer could determine whether Gatland's men can keep their win streak...
France v Wales

France v Wales | How France Blew A 16 Point Lead

With all the pressure associated with the first game of the 6 Nations, this France v Wales clash was bound to be a spectacle. France would deliver a beautiful first-half performance to build a formidable 16 point lead, then...
Six Nations Momentum Chart

Six Nations Momentum Chart

Momentum in the Six Nations can't be ignored. Here we look at graphical representations of what a Six Nations Momentum Chart looks like. Six Nations Momentum Chart The first plot (with orange and grey bars) visualises the win record for the...
Ireland v England

Ireland v England | Can Joe Schmidt Fix Ireland’s Problems?

As we all sat down to watch Ireland v England, not many of us would have predicted the way in which Joe Schmidt's master plan would be picked apart by Eddie Jones and his squad. The Ireland side that...
Ireland v England Tactics

Ireland v England Tactics | How England Dismantled Ireland

England's tactical approach to beat Ireland was not a subtle one. Starting with their defence, the overwhelming pressure England applied was visible across almost every phase. To find out exactly how England dismantled Ireland we need to start from...

Scotland’s Strengths and Weaknesses for the Upcoming 6 Nations

Scotland's strategy allows for plenty of freedom and creativity, and this can produce some interesting results when they come up against the more structure-obsessed sides in the 6 Nations. Here we will present Scotland's strengths under Gregor Townsend, and...
Ireland’s New Attacking Plays

Ireland’s New Attacking Plays: What can we Expect this Six Nations?

In today's article, we are going to delve into the advancement of Ireland's Attacking Play. Over the course of 2018, we saw a lot of moves that we have seen before, but we also saw new formations, tracking runners that...

How Ireland’s Weaknesses will be Hidden from 6 Nations Opponents

Ireland has been playing so well recently, the argument could be made they have zero weaknesses. Many nations have tried to exploit Ireland's weaknesses only to find that the space they were trying to expose suddenly doesn't exist. A...

Why England’s Tactics are Different to Every Other 6 Nations Side

In this year's 6 Nations, there will be many intelligent and innovative coaches strategising on the big stage. It may be surprising to hear, however, that England's tactics under Eddie Jones break from the norm of their 6 Nations...

Statistical analysis: England’s try-scoring trends

An analysis of England's try-scoring trends against Tier 1 opposition between 2016 and 2018 – as well as looking at other descriptive measures of the team’s play - shows that they are comfortable having less possession than the opposition...

The Most Effective All Blacks Tactics from their Loss to Ireland

The All Blacks lost to Ireland due to a great number of things the Irish did right. You can read about Ireland’s perfect breakdown in particular here, where we deconstruct how Ireland use military grade decision-making to dominate this area....

Statistical analysis: Ireland’s try-scoring trends

An analysis of Ireland's try-scoring trends against Tier 1 opposition between 2016 and 2018 – as well as looking at other descriptive measures of the team’s play - shows that they have had success operating a disciplined, possession-heavy gameplan....

How Ireland Used their Perfect Breakdown to Nullify the All Blacks

When trying to beat the All Blacks, the number of tactics that have been used is too many to count. Entire strategies have become scapegoats for heavy losses and have subsequently been thrown on the scrapheap. But there is one...

Six Nations Home Advantage Quantified

Six Nations Home Advantage Quantified. During this World Cup cycle, England, Ireland, France and Scotland have all beaten every six nations side at least once. Wales haven't beaten England since the start of 2016 at this point. However, England will...

The 3 Factors that could Deliver Wales a 6 Nations Victory

Although Wales use the same systems as most of their 6 Nations counterparts, they are different in a few key areas. For a 6 Nations victory to eventuate for Wales, Warren Gatland must ensure they play up these differences and...

How Eddie Jones Almost Won a Hypothetical World Cup Final

England and the All Blacks will begin their World Cup journeys in Japan on different sides of the draw. If Eddie Jones and Steve Hansen do square off at the World Cup, it will be in perhaps the most...

How Steve Hansen used 3 Gameplans during All Blacks Win V England

In less than two minutes the All Blacks found themselves a try down in front of a boisterous Twickenham crowd. A fired up England side had just blitzed them off the park from kick off. From this unlikely position,...
Is the next evolution in attacking rugby about to appear?

The Fox Pattern – Next Evolution of Attacking Rugby?

Today's article is a different one. It's an opinion piece, more than an analysis one. It doesn't analyse a team in particular, but rather, opens up about The Fox Pattern, a concept in attack I've been thinking about for...
Steve Hansens Chess Moves

Steve Hansen’s Chess Moves from Comeback Win over the Springboks

When the All Blacks lose, a nationwide panic of sorts often ensues. Steve Hansen found himself at the epicentre of this after the Springboks recorded their famous 36–34 win in Wellington. An epic rematch in Pretoria was looming, and...
Beating the All Blacks at home

How the Springboks Beating the All Blacks Impacts the World Cup

As Rassie Erasmus and the Springboks arrived in Wellington, the pressure from back home had reached fever pitch. Playing the All Blacks is a high risk/ high reward prospect. Erasmus had one week’s preparation to accomplish a mammoth task...

20 ways to improve your chances against the All Blacks

England and Ireland have the chance to take on the worlds best team this autumn. When I read articles and listen to podcasts about the games, there are a lot of clichés bandied around. For example, pundits often say things...
Rugby World Cup Standings

World Cup Standings One Year Out

Less than a year to go to the Rugby World Cup in Japan! At the end of September I took another look at the world cup standings one year out from Tokyo 2019. If you have not seen my first...
Rush 10 Fulcrum Defence against the Lions

How to make the All Blacks perfect: Part 2: Rush 10 Triangle Defence

In the first part of this series, Brumby Mode was introduced and examples given of why the All Blacks need to wise up to this tactic. Whilst Brumby Mode is effective, and ideal for wet weather conditions, teams can wise...
Japan

Japan Digest: Japan vs All Blacks

Japan has improved massively since their 145-17 humiliating defeat to the All Blacks during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. But as a Tier 2 side, they are still a long way away from being competitive against the All Blacks...
Jamie Joseph's Depth Chart

Jamie Joseph’s Depth Chart

I have recently written an article that analyses the players Jamie Joseph will be relying on for success during this year's November tests and next year's World Cup based on the number of caps players have. Inspired by The 1014...

The All Blacks running ten

Barrett, McKenzie, and Larkham. The 1st thing we have to understand, when considering the All Blacks running ten is what all three of these men have in common. Beauden Barrett, Damien McKenzie, and Stephen Larkham. Three of the most naturally...
Jamie Jospeh's Japan

Jamie Joseph’s Caps

The last Top League tournament before the 2019 Rugby World Cup has officially started. At this stage of the World Cup cycle, Jamie Joseph will have more focus on putting his strongest match-day 23 together rather than bringing in new...
Wasps 3-1-2 system

The 3-1-2 system

England have recently employed a 1-2-2-2 +1 system. This is only a little less complicated than it sounds. A series of articles by Conor Wilson, here, explain the concept in much more detail than I will go into. Essentially the...

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