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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rugby Tactics: How Saracens Wolf Pack Defence is Influencing England

This week, as part of our ongoing collaboration with TheDeadBallArea, we continue our look at Saracens' highly effective defensive system, focusing on their use of Exit Strategies and how their Wolf Pack defence is now influencing England under Paul Gustard. MORE »

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Rugby Tactics: The Key to Saracens' Wolf Pack Defence - Part One

This week, as part of our Rugby Tactics Series we take look at Saracens highly effective "Wolf Pack" defensive system and how the players within it make it function so well. MORE »

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Passing tips from the world's best scrumhalf, Aaron Smith

There's no doubt that New Zealand and Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith is the best in the world in his position. Here is a quick look at some passing tips that he did for the Breakdown show on Sky Sports New Zealand. MORE »

Monday, May 02, 2016

Rugby Tactics: The Art of Attacking the Transition Zone

The Transition Zone is widely regarded as the area where the ruck defence links with the wider defensive formation. It's a particular area of weakness as it's the one point in modern Defensive Systems where teams essentially have two focuses of attention. MORE »

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Rugby Tactics: The Counter Attack Kings of New Zealand

This week we look at the prevalence of counter attacking in the modern game. How it's used to beat a defence before it's set and how it's become one of the primary strike weapons for teams such as the Chiefs, Hurricanes and Crusaders. MORE »

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Rugby Tactics: Scotland's Attacking Play Examined - Part Two

This week we continue our look at Scotland attack in the Six Nations focusing this on their performance against Italy. In this video we focus on how they break down the Italian defence in two of their tries, and the attacking patterns they use to build the attack. MORE »

Friday, March 04, 2016

Rugby Tactics: The Key to Scotland's exciting attacking play

This week we take a look at how Scotland's attack in their SIx Nations game vs Wales and, in part two, Italy, focussing on how they break down the Welsh defence over 21 phases for their first try, and the attacking patterns they use to build the attack. MORE »

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rugby Tactics: Analysis of England's poor exit strategy tactics against Scotland

This week our Rugby Tactics series is looking at England’s use of Exit Strategies in their opening Six Nations game against Scotland, how their poor execution leads to Scotland scoring points, and how when they get it right everything works in their favour. MORE »

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 »

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