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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.

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.

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.

How to find a simple attacking solution from set-piece

Coaches at all levels of the game, and in all sports are always looking for simple, robust solutions that work – the simpler, the better.

Nick Bishop details what Set Piece Strike Play is working for a number of teams to date in the RWC2023.

How to find the right roles for twin number 10’s

Most number 10’s are either strategist/game-managers or they are instinctive ball-players.

Nick Bishop looks at how England are successfully fitting their number 10 ‘strategist’ and ‘wizard’ into their starting lineup and attack structure.

What does good multi-phase offence look like?

You do not have to win the lion’s share of collisions in order to play winning attacking rugby.,


It is still possible to find space in multi-phase attack if you have the will, the structures and the personnel to do it.

Using No 1 ranked Ireland and their recent RWC match against Romania as the example, Analyst Nick Bishop explains how it can be done.

How to win the #15/ #9 battle from midfield scrums

Law changes frequently have repercussions, or send out impact ripples well beyond the original intention – for better or for worse. As Nick Bishop highlights how the Defending #9 not being allowed past the mid-line of the scrum trial law change has also changed how the backs attack and defend.

Why teams are feeling the need – the need for speed – at the scrum base [part 2]

Nick Bishop highlights how the new law-trial requiring the defending scrum-half to drop back rather than chase up beyond the mid-point of the set-piece are having more of a positive impact than even the law-makers may have envisaged.

How to design and develop a ‘gadget’ move from lineout

Innovation can be the genuine discovery of something completely new, but far more often it represents the improvement, or streamlining of something already known.
Nick Bishop looks at how the ‘Teabag’ (lineout gadget play) has evolved as coaches ‘innovate’ the same concept from another angle.