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These 3 Classic Tactics Just Won Wales A Grand Slam

Wales' victory over Ireland to win a Grand Slam was a testament to sheer determination and the will to win. A look at their tactics reveals a return to an old brand of Rugby that Ireland's computer code-like systems...
Ireland v France

Can Ireland’s Lineout Steal The 6 Nations? | Ireland v France

Ireland love building moves and structures around lineouts. They provide the perfect foundation for the computer-like chess moves that Joe Schmidt like to coach. And during Ireland v France, both the good and bad aspects of the Irish lineouts...

Gatland’s Two Forms of Welsh Defence | Scotland v Wales Analysis

We have discussed how Wales used two forms of attack to beat Scotland, and now it's time to look at their two forms of defence. The following clips provide an interesting glimpse into how an international side varies their...
Scotland v Wales

Wales’ Two Attack Structures That Beat Scotland | Scotland v Wales

With a chance of a Grand Slam on the horizon, Warren Gatland has shown his hand on both attack and defence during Scotland v Wales at Murrayfield. In both areas, Wales flow seamlessly between two separate structures. This paved...

The New England Way Part 2: The Kicking Attack

Power, pace and precision. When looking at England's new attacking ethos, we must look at what England now have, that they didn't in the past two years. The kicking attack... It does not take a rugby savant, to realise that...
Wales v England 2019

Warren Gatland’s Unexpected 6 Nations Attack | Wales v England 2019

As we built up to the first Wales v England 2019 fixture, it was difficult to see any chink in England's defensive armour. The fearsome white defensive wall were fast, armed with chop-tackles, and fought for every millimetre of...
Wales v England Tactics

Gatland’s Genius 6 Nations Backfield Defence | Wales v England Tactics

Warren Gatland came into this game knowing he needed to prevent England from kicking his side to defeat. To do this, he came up with some genius ways to stack the backfield and unsettle the English kickers and chasers....
Wales v England

Liam Williams Killed England’s 6 Nations Kicking Game | Wales v England

Liam Williams put in a man of the match performance during Wales v England as he consistently shut down one of the world's most dangerous kicking games. England had manipulated Ireland and France into submission with kicks, but the...
The Warren Gatland Interview in Full

Video: The Warren Gatland Interview in FULL

The Warren Gatland Interview in FULL encompasses a huge number of topics from Warren's playing days with that mighty Waikato side right through to this year's World Cup. With all that Warren has achieved as a coach it is often forgotten...
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...
Italy v Wales 2019 Six Nations

Video: Italy v Wales 2019 Six Nations Review

The Italy v Wales 2019 Six Nations match was a frustrating affair with countless unforced errors from both sides. There is no doubt that the Italian defence has improved out of sight from the 2018 tournament. Sadly, their attack...
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...

Video: Scotland v Ireland 2019 Six Nations Review

The Scotland v Ireland 2019 Six Nations match provided Ireland their fifth win from their last six visits to Edinburgh. It also extended the unwanted record for Scotland. That of not scoring a second half against Ireland. In the...
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...
England v France 2019 Six Nations

Video: England v France 2019 Six Nations Review

The England v France 2019 Six Nations match was won by England. Not only won, but won by 36 points. Only once before in Test rugby have they won by a greater margin against France – a 37-0 victory...
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...
Scotland v Italy 2019 Six Nations

Video: Scotland v Italy 2019 Six Nations Review

The Scotland v Italy 2019 Six Nations could well go down as a turning point in Finn Russell's Scottish career, such was his composure on the ball. Stuart Hogg moved to third on the all time list of running...
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...
France v Wales 2019 Six Nations Review

Video: France v Wales 2019 Six Nations Review

The France v Wales 2019 Six Nations match will go down in history as one of the great performances comebacks in the tournaments. Warren Gatland suggested in the post match press conference that Wales have forgotten how to lose....
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...
Ireland v England Six Nations 2019 Review

Video: Ireland v England 2019 Six Nations Review

The Ireland v England 2019 Six Nations match will go down in history as one of the great performances from England. Stopping Ireland at home in the Six Nations had been beyond everyone since Joe Schmidt took over. The 1014...

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...
Six Nations Momentum

Six Nations Momentum Quantified

The draw for a Six Nations tournament attracts a lot of attention. Fans across the world look through the same lens to see how favourable their team's schedule is. This lens is the when and where they face each of...

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 Preview Analysis

Video: Six Nations Preview Analysis

In the Six Nations Preview Analysis The 1014 Rugby preview how the Six Nations teams like to play. The following are covered in detail: England's tackle technique Ireland's pod system Scotland's incredibly talented backline Wales' defensive wall Sadly, there was not...

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...

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