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Rugby coaching videos and resources from the world's best coaches and players on developing attacking skills and tactics to help your players make and then attack space.

Running attacking decoy plays in theory and practice

The viability of using decoys on attacking plays has become absolutely essential at all levels of the professional game. Analyst Nick Bishop looks at how effective decoys/block are in attack plays.

Integrating the forwards into phase attack

Why are teams from New Zealand the best in the world at integrating their forwards into attacks as they develop through phases. Analyst Nick Bishop shows how the Blues put into practice what Ex All Black coach Sir Graham demonstrates at his recent Stanford clinic.

How to use the ‘double pump’ to unlock the Press defence

Leading analyst, Nick Bishop looks at the use of the pump-fake or double pump as another method of dislocating the Press defence, but on this occasion by keeping ball in hand.

Unlocking the Press defence (part 2) – using the kick-pass

In Nick’s most recent article, he looked at the chip kick and this week discusses how Beauden Barrett uses the kick-pass to great effect break down the Press defence.

Vermeulen set to be unleashed on the Irish

Ireland are taking on a world-class No. 8 in Duane Vermeulen on Saturday. Standing 6’ 4", weighing in at 118kg, Vermeulen is playing some of the best rugby of his life. Murray Kinsella goes in-depth to find out just why the Springbok back rower is one of the most destructive forwards on the planet.

Barbarians bring first-phase innovation to Twickenham

The Barbarians come together from all corners of the globe to socialise and cobble together a loose strategy – with strictly equal emphasis.

When they perform as they did this weekend, running in five fabulous tries past the Wallabies, the legendary invitational side encourages smiles around the world. Though Sir John Kirwan’s charges went down 40-36, they will have stirred youngsters everywhere to shake off shackles and try things – a fantastic legacy.

Scarlets show grit and opportunism to make their own luck

Adaptability and opportunism are pivotally important tools for sporting success. And rugby is no different. In fact, the disruptive weather conditions of a northern hemisphere winter – always cold, often wet – place heightened emphasis on these inherent qualities.

Scarlets’ victory over Leicester Tigers on Saturday gave us a perfect example of a side ‘winning ugly’.

Murray is the key man for Munster

Murray Kinsella takes a look at how Munster coaches Foley and Walsh are building a game plan around Conor Murray. In Munster’s recent win over Scarlets Murray’s organisation abilities and decision making were key in a remarkable 27-phase passage of play culminating in a try.

Danny Cipriani's instinctive attacking causes havoc

On Saturday in the Aviva Premiership against Gloucester, Danny Cipriani brilliantly manufactured three scores in the opening 40 minutes. Then, much later in the contest, he scythed through to land his side’s fourth for good measure.

These video clips and screenshots demonstrate how his instinctive attacking excellence caused havoc.

New Wayne Smith Trailer: Contesting your own high ball

The second in this new series of rugby coaching videos from Wayne Smith is about contesting your own high ball.

“It’s a really difficult skill to develop in your players… but it’s a really great skill to work on because there is a great outcome if you can win the ball back.” – Wayne Smith.

Check out the trailer: