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Rolling, rolling, rolling… why a double movement can cure the problem of isolation

In theory, the laws of World Rugby require everyone involved in the tackle on offence or defence to move away from the ball immediately. In practice there are two chances of this happening – ‘slim’ and ‘none’! Analyst Nick Bishop explains why.

Is the congested calendar slowly killing the game?

Graham Jenkins considers ongoing debate about the physical and mental demands of what is quite clearly an over-congested season.

The All Blacks scrum and the theory of marginal gains

“Aggregation of marginal gains… the 1% margin for improvement in everything you do.” Put all those little micro-wins together, and one day you will see an almighty change in the world outside them. Analyst Nick Bishop explores what Sir Dave Brailsford UK cycling approach has to do with the All Black’s scrum

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.

Concussion: Back to Basics

Concussion awareness has raised considerably in recent years. Dr Sam Barke (Return2Play) looks at the next part of the issue – how to effectively recognise and manage the injury.

How successful was Premiership's Philadelphia experiment?

As the dust settles on the Aviva Premiership’s latest attempt to crack the United States market, Graham Jenkins reflects on what the league can learn from their Philadelphia experiment.

Exclusive: USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne talks growing the game Stateside

Writer Graham Jenkins talks exclusively with USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne about various issues he’s faced in his first year in charge and looks ahead at the key areas of growth, ahead of this week’s Premiership game in the States.

Aggressive ball-placement options at the Women’s World Cup final

The women’s game has the virtue of being different in character to the male version of rugby. Analyst Nick Bishop looks at why the women’s game is on the rise, especially after the outstanding World Cup final played last weekend between the New Zealand Black Ferns and the England Roses.

Do you love rugby more than you love your children?

As coaches and referees, it is incredibly important that we teach our youngsters the safest way to enjoy our game but it is also imperative that we educate ourselves about the player welfare issues and share that knowledge with players and parents. With the northern season nearly upon us, writer Graham Jenkins looks at what measures the RFU implementing to make the game safer for junior players.

How to use your eyes – the 10/15 hybrid and engaging the last defender on attack

The first Bledisloe match of 2017 between New Zealand and Australia was decided partly in advance, by selection before the game ever started. How did the All Blacks achieve this? Analyst Nick Bishop explains in his latest article.