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Archive: Wilkinson’s Revolutionary Drop Goal in ‘03

This week we look at what was behind the famous Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the dramatic effect it has had on modern rugby and in particular the last two World Cup campaigns.

Argentina's Perfect Scrum

This week we look at the Argentine scrum that was nearly faultless, against the All Blacks in the recent world cup. From the preliminary ‘set up’ phase, right through to ‘the push’ which concludes the scrum.

Rugby Injuries and Six Nations

Injuries are now a common part of our game, and this year’s Six Nations has been no exception. So as we look forward to the weekend, take a moment to think of those on the side-lines, whose absence could have made all the difference.

Wayne Smith: Mindset of a champion Part 3 of 3

The third and final part of this series, Wayne Smith shares his philosophy on the need for coaches and players to continue to innovate, and think outside the square, – coaching to continue to win. And what’s it’s like to coach the rugby team of a nation who finds it totally unacceptable to lose a game of rugby.

WSU starts off their season with a win

Washington State University Rugby Club won’t play their first game of the season until this weekend, but they have already got a win on the board.

Simon Newkirk, a WSU rugby player and keen member of The Rugby Site completed our survey and was the lucky winner of 12 months’ access for all coaches at the club.

Wayne Smith: Mindset of a champion Part 2 of 3

In part 2 of this series, Wayne Smith recounts the experiences that gave him the all-round skills and vision to mould the world’s most successful rugby teams.

Wayne Smith: Mindset of a champion Part 1 of 3

Wayne Smith “fell into” coaching while playing in Italy after the end of his first-class rugby career in New Zealand. Ten years later he steered the Crusaders to their first (of many) Super Rugby titles.

In the first of a series of three videos, Wayne lays down his recipe for coaching success. And it starts with learning and sharing.

Wayne Smith Trailer: The Frontal Tackle

Here’s the trailer for the latest in the Wayne Smith series, The Frontal Tackle. The feedback from our members has been loud and clear…outstanding content that is really making a difference to individual player and team performance.

In this video Wayne delivers another example of how, with some simple technique and mindset changes The Frontal Tackle can become an important weapon for your team a d turn defence into attack.


Wayne Smith: Stay with it

Important message from Wayne Smith – a reminder about what The Rugby Site is all about and why we’re doing it.

It’s a message from a coach – to coaches.

Wayne Smith is passionate about rugby and has set high standards throughout his career as a player and coach. In this short message, he discusses his love of the game, and outlines his vision for The Rugby Site, and what you can do to contribute and grow your own expertise.

Wayne Smith Trailer: The Chop Tackle

I like to call this the “Chop tackle” because it creates an image of achieving “chop down” to the ground really quickly.

The aim is to isolate the ball carrier by driving them back in the tackle behind the gain line making it difficult for their support players to get back and clean out the breakdown.