Defence articles

Rugby coaching videos and resources from the world's best coaches and players on developing defensive skills and tactics from set piece through to general play.

Wayne Smith – Steve Hansen’s most visionary selection

Respected New Zealand based journalist Liam Napier gains unique access and explores the value of Wayne Smith’s reappointment to the All Blacks and their 2015 mission to be the first team to claim back to back Rugby World Cup titles. “Strategically I really like the role of plotting the defence and working out how we can get the ball back, whether that’s by forcing poor kicks or turning it over at the ruck,” Smith says. “Whatever it is, that ball creates a lot of tries.” Enjoy this Rugby Site exclusive.

A helping hand to steal possession

Murray Kinsella analyses the importance of the second player to the breakdown in securing turnover possession in the ruck. We see examples where Saracens’ Kelly Brown Ulster’s Franco van der Merwe and Louis Ludik provide stability and strength to the player stealing possession in the ruck.

Dave Attwood’s disrupting masterclass

At the heart of Bath’s victory over Saracens was the immense Dave Attwood.

He presented an awkward obstacle to Saracens’ progress all night. It was the kind of brawny, bristling display that makes Graham Rowntree grin. These clips demonstrate how he helped blunt the Saracens battering ram.

Lam's Connacht thrives in Pro12

Connacht have racked up three wins from three in the Guinness Pro12 so far this season, with their defensive strength having played a major role in that positive start.

Murray Kinsella analyses Connacht’s stunning 10-9 win over Leinster.

Irish defence and conditioning stun New Zealand

Murray Kinsella begins a look at how the Ireland women’s team pulled off one of the finest results in the history of the game on Tuesday, as they beat a highly-fancied New Zealand 17-14. In this article Murray focuses on the Irish team’s fantastic conditioning and defensive effort.

Stealing possession in defence

There are many ways that a side on the defensive can disrupt the breakdown and turn possession over. Murray Kinsella highlights some pertinent examples.

Coming Soon - Eric Rush: 7s Defence

Eric Rush demonstrates how to build a defensive structure for 7s, from scratch.

Working the Pendulum

Leigh Halfpenny talks about how the back three works together on a rugby pitch

Courtney Lawes: Tackle Technique Trailer

“I love defending and putting in big hits, but you have to understand that the safest technique is also the best technique.” In this video Courtney Lawes takes you through the tackling technique that works for him. From the importance of foot placement in generate force through to being comfortable using both left and right shoulders and of course head placement for safety.

Wales have brought back the low tackle to stop Ireland

Shane Williams believes that the utter belief of men like Sam Warburton and George North will carry Wales to the Six Nations.