In his latest module, Springbok hooker, Bismarck du Plessis, takes the lineout throw back to its very basics;
Look out for Bismarck’s latest module live on the site very soon.
South African International Bismarck Du Plessis is recognised globally as one of the most powerful and effective forwards in the modern game. He combines great physical strength on and off the ball and immense drive and work on and off the field. Bismarck holds the Springbok record for most tests with a brother (Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis) and is also the Springboks top try scorer as a hooker, with 9 tries to his name.
Why defence does not begin or end with a line-break
One of the main measures of the effectiveness of your defence, was simply to count the number of times the opposition broke your line when they had the ball in hand.
Although that remains a useful statistic, it is no longer the be-all and end-all of defensive measurement. What happens after a line break has been made is equally important as Analyst Nick Bishop details in his latest article.
How to use ‘joined-up thinking’ in your game-plan
How do you find a clear plan of action on a rugby field? Analyst Nick Bishop in his latest article outlines the ‘thinking’ and ‘factors’ to create a successful ‘Joined Up’ game plan.
Innovate or die? Rugby's continued quest to stay relevant.
The pressure on English rugby, and the game in general, to adapt and ensure the long-term success of the sport is evident in two innovations that are set to debut next season. Writer Graham Jenkins looks at these innovations and their possible positive effect on the game and its continued evolution.
Is it time for Ardie Savea to start for the All Blacks?
Will the All Black selectors follow Wales coach Warren Gatland’s very successful approach and field 2 No 7s in the loose forwards? Nick Bishop analyses Ardie Savea’s recent development and claim for inclusion in the ABs starting XV.
How to mix backs and forwards at the set-piece!
Backs can help the forwards in the tasks that used to belong solely to the pack – but only if they understand what their roles are and how best to apply their power. Analyst Nick Bishop investigate how that overlapping understanding is evident at the driving maul.