Why Super Rugby Pacific was right to drop ‘Dupont’s Law’ from SRP 2024
Super Rugby Pacific have dumped World Rugby’s “Dupont’s Law” for their 2024 competition. As Nick Bishop details using the recent Scotland v France 6N’s match they have good reason to.
Why the driving lineout is here to stay as a prime attacking platform
The driving lineout is fast becoming the most creative source of offensive thinking in the professional game. Using the recent Ireland vs France 6N game for some seminal illustrations, Nick Bishop explains how the attacking potential has come about.
How to attack wide – the Toulouse way!
The best attacking teams in the current era never take the apparent space they are offered on the edge without checking, or switching inside first.
Why defences need to adjust quickly to early-phase strikes
Whatever the pattern of defence, every player needs to be on the same page in terms of their attitudes and adjustments. Or as Nick Bishop, using the recent Leicester vs Saracens Premiership, highlights teams can get repeatedly ‘stung’ from the same play.
How to create early attacking options from the “21”
If your charges can learn to run one play exceptionally well, you will force opponents to adjust to it – and that will create opportunities elsewhere.
As Nick Bishop evidences in Racing 92’s match against fellow Top 14 side Toulon.
How to run a two-phase switchback attack with options
Nick Bishop looks at how leading teams are creating multiple threats early in the phase-count, and sustaining those threats for longer on attack than the defence can successfully manage them.
How to strike the balance between tackling and ‘jackling’ on D
As a result of the WR 2020 Breakdown Guidelines, the role of the jackler has changed, so it has attracted quicker, more dynamic physical types to the role.
Using examples for the English premiership, Nick Bishop latest analysis show the responsibility for jackling extends well into the backline.
What the raw statistics from the RWC say about the attack-defence balance in the global game [part 2]
Nick Bishop looks in more detail at what happened when teams of the same general type played one another, or two sides of opposite approach clashed.
What the raw statistics from the World Cup say about the attack-defence balance in the global game [part 1]
The first part of this two-piece survey Nick Bishop researches key stats thrown up over the course of the competition. In the second he will then apply them to the direction of a seminal match (France vs South Africa quarter final)
Has New Zealand solved the puzzle of the rush defence? [part 2]
Has the the Rush defence puzzle been truly solved? Nick Bishop details the evidence from the recent RWC final.
Has New Zealand solved the puzzle of the rush defence? [part 1]
Can a Kiwi attack handle an all-out Test-level rush defence?
In Part 1 of the 2 part analysis, Nick Bishop explains how since 2017 the Rush Defence has shut down the All Blacks vaunted attack.
How to construct an effective kick-chase game
Any team looking to build up solid fundamentals in a contestable kicking strategy, England’s RWC2023 semi final performance is great example.
Nick Bishop details how their kick-chase nearly took them to winning the game.