Linkage between the scrumhalf & flyhalf Posted almost 5 years ago

Whilst attack off 9 is very important these days the linkage between 9 and 10 is equally as important.

The term linkage means that the attack shape off 9 and the attack shape off 10 are linked and the defence have to defend both areas of the line – the ruck and the next transition line.

The classic example is when you have 2 runners off 9 with 10 then being flat enough to receive the ball having both inside and outside options available.

The defence needs to jam on the runners off 9 and that leaves space for the 10. If they don’t jam then the option is on for the 9.

The Springboks in 2007 were terrific at this.

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Eddie Jones has had an extensive coaching career holding roles with teams including the Brumbies, Reds, Saracens, Australia, South Africa and most recently Suntory. Following on from successfully leading the ACT Brumbies to their first Super 12 title in 2001 Jones took charge of the Wallabies for the 2003 World Cup on home soil, and fell at the final hurdle as his side were defeated in extra time of the final by Clive Woodward's England. He continued on as coach until 2005, when his contract was terminated following a wretched run of results. From here Jones had a stint in an advisory capacity with English side Saracens and in 2007 was then appointed Queensland Reds coach. He then turned his back on coaching Australia again when he signed in an advisory role with South Africa working closely with head coach Jake White, securing the 2007 World Cup. After the World Cup Jones took up a full time position back at Saracens as director of rugby but left in 2009 for a role with Japanese side Suntory. Jones remains in Japan and is now head coach of the Japanese national side.

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