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Topical articles and commentary on rugby events around the world.

All Blacks in Pursuit of Ongoing Excellence

What motivates this All Black team to unparalleled success? Records or the pursuit of excellence? Leading rugby writer Graham Jenkins considers the question in his latest article.

English Premiership – Predicting Future Performance

Ex Wallaby and Gainline Analytics founder Ben Darwin has ‘done the numbers’ on what creates team success. Ben highlight’s why money does not necessarily buy team success.

Coaches get the boot. It’s a fact of life.

A team fails and the coach gets fired – an unfortunate reality of professional sporting team life. Leading writer, Graham Jenkins reflects on a coach’s ability to bounce back from a career setback.

Offloading from kick receipts

The success at the top level can often be measured by player’s capacity to offload in contact, accurately and under control. Leading analyst Nick Bishop looks Israel Folau’s ability in this area and how it relates to Gregor Townsend’s Offloading & Continuity module.

From Preparation to Execution

Expert analyst Nick Bishop explains how The Professor – Wayne Smith’s modules translate from the training ground to on field success at the highest level.

Olympics makes lasting impression

Leading writer Graham Jenkins looks at the effect of Rio’s Olympics Rugby 7s competitions, the highlights and opportunities it hopefully presents for the game.

Is Joe Moody's All Black's long term replacement for Tony Woodcock

Our rugby analyst Nick Bishop, takes an indepth look at Joe Moody’s recent loosehead scrummaging performance for the ABs.

How to put the super back into Super Rugby?

How successful has this year’s expanded super competition been? Graham Jenkins reflects on the merits of its expansion and future.

Chiefs Support Play

Nick’s latest article on Support Play and it’s processes follows Wayne Smiths coaching module.

Wily Jones yet to put a foot wrong

England rugby revival in the past 12 months has been Lazarus-like and leading writer Graham Jenkins looks at Eddie Jones’ central role in this revival.