• 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

    March 3, 2018 • Opinion • Views: 973

  • Kicking Statistics – The Battle For Top Spot

    The Six Nations is here and as a result, discussion and analysis turn to the ”what if” and the ”could have been” moments. Never is this truer than when kicking a potentially game-changing penalty. When a

    February 4, 2018 • Analysis • Views: 1225

  • 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

    December 20, 2017 • Opinion • Views: 1013

  • 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

    October 24, 2017 • International • Views: 927

  • 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.

    July 23, 2017 • Analysis • Views: 4875

  • 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…

    June 16, 2017 • Lions Tour • Views: 667

  • Exeter Chiefs: A Journey That’s Only Just Begun

    Exeter Chiefs are the Champions of England   It’s a sentence that nobody pre-2015 expected to be written and yet Tony Rowe (Exeter’s Chairman) has been planning for this moment for at least 10 years. In 2009 he saw an

    June 9, 2017 • Uncategorized • Views: 695

  • Forget Lions, Now’s the Time for Fire-Breathing Dragons

    Forget Lions, Now’s the Time for Firebreathing Dragons   “Shane’s going to come out and hit Floyd in the mouth and Floyd is going to sprout a tail, grow wings, draw fangs and claws and turn into a dragon in the ring,

    June 9, 2017 • Lions Tour • Views: 1086

  • The End of the Beginning… or the Beginning of the End?

      With ten minutes to go and a one point advantage, the Lions did well to hold up a Blues ball carry at midfield, before forcing the maul to the ground to win the put in for the ensuing scrum, and then it happened: led by

    June 8, 2017 • Lions Tour • Views: 1023

  • Giving the Lions Holiday Blues

    Traditionally a rugby powerhouse, the Auckland side have suffered for a long time – initially from fly-half deficiencies that gradually spread to a general malaise – but they might have reached a turning point at last. They

    June 6, 2017 • Uncategorized • Views: 996