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Friday, January 29, 2016

Rugby Tactics: Try Analysis of Ulster's neatly executed score against Oyannax

This week we take a look at Rory Scholes' score for Ulster in their Eight try demolition of Oyannax in the European Rugby Champions Cup. MORE »

Friday, January 15, 2016

Rugby Tactics: Leicester Tigers Try Analysis

This week's Rugby Tactics feature is a try analysis looking at Leicester Tigers center Matt Smith's try against Northampton Saints. Aaron Mauger returned to Leicester as head coach at the beginning of the season and we think it’s fair to say his impact has been noticeable. MORE »

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rugby Tactics: Using the Grubber Kick to beat defences

This week our Rugby Tactics feature looks at the resurgence of the Grubber kick in the modern game, focusing on Chris Ashton's two well constructed tries for Saracens against Oyonnax. MORE »

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Rugby Tactics: The Driving Maul as an Attacking Weapon

This week as part of our Rugby Tactics feature we’re looking at the effectiveness of the rolling Maul, focusing on Exeter Chiefs' recent use of it to score four tries against Wasps RFC in the Aviva Premiership. MORE »

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rugby Tactics: Quick Ruck Ball Key to Wasps Success

Wasps have had an impressive start to their European Champions Cup campaign, dispatching two of the biggest teams in Europe in Leinster and an all star Toulon. Today The Deadballarea takes a look at a crucial facet of their play that allows them to attack so well. MORE »

Friday, November 13, 2015

Drill of the Week: Boost Passing Speed & Accuracy

This week's Drill of the Week takes a look at ways to improve passing accuracy. All players of all standards and age groups should practice the techniques demonstrated in this video - it is the basis of all attacking tactics with ball in hand. MORE »

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rugby Tactics: Strike Move Analysis looking at Japan, Australia and the Reds

Today we take a look a one of the most popular strike moves, or set plays, currently in use. We compare examples used most recently by Japan in the World Cup, but also see Australia and the Queensland Reds in action, giving us an idea of how the move can be done at all levels of the game. MORE »

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Drill of the Week: Box Kicking Tips with Brian Smith

Last week we posted two box kicking videos, looking at box kicking in modern rugby. The Box kick is an important tactic in modern rugby and players need to practice regularly to be accurate. MORE »

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rugby Tactics: Box Kicking

The box kick is an essential skill in modern rugby. But before you go ahead and say to your scrum half, “Right, let’s start box kicking!” it’s important to be understand all the different situations in which this tactic can be used. MORE »

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rugby Tactics: Screened Passing Analysis

Screened passing is one of those tactics that, since being imported from Rugby League, has become “as common as a missed pass or switch”. MORE »

Friday, October 16, 2015

Drill of the Week: Quins Indoor Session

The pull back pass used to release deeper runners is becoming more popular and is a great asset to all players and teams. MORE »

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rugby Tactics: The Sexton Loop

Ireland's back-line: lethal or predictable? Take a look at flyhalf Jonny Sexton's signature "wraparound" in this short clip. MORE »

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Rugby Drill: Kicking Coach Checklist

Dave Walder explains how to kick a rugby ball to improve accuracy and distance MORE »

Monday, October 05, 2015

Rugby Tactics: The Cross Kick

The cross kick is nothing new but this year we're seeing it become a more refined and prevalent try scoring tactic. MORE »

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rugby Tactics: England and the Offload

Today, "the offload" often conjures to mind images the likes of Sonny Bill Williams reaching around a tackler and flicking a one-handed pass out the back door. Of course this kind of play is exciting to watch, but let's not lose sight of how integral traditional offloads are, as we saw England demonstrate against Fiji. MORE »

Monday, September 21, 2015

Drill of the Week: Fji's Favourite Warm Up Game?

Russell Earnshaw of Eastbourne College has devised a fantastic little communications game. MORE »

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rugby Tactics: The Choke Tackle Epidemic Continues

The choke tackle is what we're going to discuss today. And here are three tackles from the past few weeks from the South African Currie Cup, French Top 14, and the England v Ireland Rugby World Cup Warm Up match. This should show us that this tactic continues in increase in popularity and we will see a lot of this in the upcoming RWC. MORE »

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Drill of the Week: How to Coach the Choke Tackle

One of rugby’s great strengths is its ability to keep changing and challenging itself. This is often driven by coaches and players using new techniques and the “Choke Tackle” is a great example. MORE »

Monday, September 14, 2015

Drill of the Week: The Double Tackle

When Richie McCaw bows out of Test rugby at the end of this year’s world cup, New Zealand will not only lose a three-time IRB World Player of the Year and one of the best open sides ever to play the game, but they’ll lose his back row partnership with Kieran Read which is something more than either individual player. MORE »

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Coaching Tactics: Blindside Winger Moves from New Zealand

A couple rounds ago the Manawatu Turbos scored two great tries against the Tasman Makos using their wingers that I want to take a look at. The Turbos aren't exactly on fire this season, but seeing these tries reminded me of what an effective tactic bringing a winger off the blindside can be. MORE »

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