Psychology and the small moments of performance
Most successful rugby teams at professional level are those who emphasize ‘doing the next job’ and passing beyond failures, small or large, as quickly as possible. Leading analyst, Nick Bishop looks at the integration of mental skills coaches and the building of ‘mental muscle’ into successful rugby teams.
Is the sport really putting players first?
World Rugby and the rugby union’s key stakeholders announced the latest long-term calendar for the game with great fanfare last month highlighting the ‘harmony’ it had brought to the sport.
Leading writer Graham Jenkins looks at claims it appears to have promoted disharmony with many concerned that the international schedule and the changes it has subsequently triggered actually jeopardise player welfare.
Have England lost their majority vote on the Lions trip to New Zealand?
Leading analyst Nick Bishop discusses what a difference one week makes. Had the British & Irish Lions squad to New Zealand been selected after the demolition of Scotland at Twickenham, as many as 19 or 20 English players might have made it. Read more here…
Should England get excited by a defeat?
Such a high-profile failure to perform and complete a clean sweep may well be cause for muted celebration. Rugby writer Graham Jenkins assesses the potential effect of England’s loss to Ireland at the weekend.
There is no substitute for hard work
England have successfully clinched the 6 nations and equalled the All Black’s 18 match winning streak. Graham Jenkins reflects on where Eddie Jones and the team are at.
Ruck or no ruck - that is the question
The recent Six Nations match between England and Italy raised a huge question about the refereeing of contact situations, and in particular the difficulty in establishing the difference between a ruck and a tackle. Leading analyst Nick Bishop discusses whether it’s a one off or teams will build their game around it.
How to attack ‘heads-up’ from scrum
What is heads-up rugby in attack? Leading rugby analyst, Nick Bishop explains this in detail in his latest article.
England's growing belief will have All Blacks on high alert
This England side just refuses to accept defeat. Leading writer Graham Jenkins considers whether England’s growing unrelenting self belief will be causing the All Blacks any concern.
How to use ‘gadgets’ at the lineout
The closer to set-piece a weakness can be pin-pointed, the more likely it is to result in a score. That score could be the difference between winning and losing. This week we hear from leading rugby analyst, Nick Bishop on his thoughts around lineout gadgets.
6 Nations 2017 – The Broader Picture
Ben Darwin from GAIN LINE Analytics gives his view on the prospects of the 2017 6 Nations tournament. What the underlying drivers to each teams success are and what they need to look out for over the tournament.
Farrell is a captain in everything but name
England flyhalf, Colin Farrell appears to have taken another step forward in his game development under Eddie Jones. Leading writer Graham Jenkins highlights Farrell’s progress and growing leadership influence within the national side.
How to make yourself an effective ‘jackal’
It is hard to do without a number of specialists in defensive contact in the modern game. With the number of breakdowns on the increase and set-pieces on the slide, they have become essential personnel.
Nick Bishop looks at the stats and looks at who and what is required at the breakdown in today’s game.