• Rugby Shirts: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    What is it that makes pre-season so special? Is it eagerly awaiting the new summer signings from your favourite club? Could it be the friendlies? The countless gym videos from every single club? No, nothing so traditionally

    31st August 2018 • Opinion, Uncategorized • Views: 762

  • Missing Tackles Means Nothing

    Missed tackles.   There’s been a huge uptick in quoting statistics within both commentary and fan circles and here at Linebreak HQ we work tirelessly to ensure that all our articles are fact checked and completely

    20th June 2018 • Analysis • Views: 1533

  • Is Rugby’s Breakdown Broken: Part 2

    Welcome back to the second part of an ongoing series asking whether the breakdown is broken. If you missed article one you can catch up here. Fair warning this is a long one as I’ve combined part 2 and 3. I’ve only a

    26th March 2018 • Opinion • Views: 1053

  • Do New Zealand Really Lack Depth At Flyhalf?

    New Zealand are famous for their strength in depth. From 1 to 15 they’ve got 2nd and 3rd string players doing things that most countries can only dream of from their first pick. A cursory glance at the centres and wings reveals

    23rd March 2018 • Opinion, Uncategorized • Views: 1167

  • Is The Rugby Breakdown Broken?

    The breakdown is a massive and complex part of rugby union that allows it to stand apart from other sports. It is important that we make it work. But also, in a very real sense, it’s a hot mess and I want to poke it with a

    3rd March 2018 • Opinion • Views: 1689

  • Kicking Statistics – The Battle For Top Spot

    Who is the best goalkicker? When a high-level player puts a kick wide or comes up short the usual conversations start happening. ‘Is X the right person for the job” and ”If Y had been playing then the game

    4th February 2018 • Analysis • Views: 4295

  • The Game Has Gone Soft!

    What’s the end result of the phrase ‘’Game’s gone soft ’’? The recent return of Tuilagi has brought about a surprising level of physicality the likes we’ve never seen before. Oh wait, that’s not true, many players

    20th December 2017 • Opinion • Views: 1541

  • Gatland Shakes Things Up As Wales Announce Autumn International Squad

    What’s the big deal with this Wales squad announcement? Well, that’s just it, it isn’t just a big deal. It’s many big deals. This squad has more big deals than Donald Trump’s dream journal. This is probably

    24th October 2017 • International • Views: 1234

  • What the Ruck? A look at the new ruck laws

    World Rugby has announced new laws which will come into effect for the Northern Hemisphere on August 1st 2017. These new laws make major changes around the breakdown, mostly it seems in an attempt to get cleaner ball in attack.

    23rd July 2017 • Analysis • Views: 7903

  • A New Day or a False Dawn?

    Unfortunately, due to work and other commitments, I haven’t been able to do in depth analysis for the Lions’ matches against the Crusaders and Highlanders and a full preview of the Maori All Blacks is highly unlikely too…

    16th June 2017 • Lions Tour • Views: 881