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How ‘Turnaround Tyrel’ learned his tall tight-head trade at scrum-time

Nick Bishop highlights the value of the transference of knowledge between coach and a senior player to a less experienced player. Nick uses the recent example of All Blacks prop Tyrel Lomax with forwards coach Jase Ryan and veteran prop Owen Franks.

Defending a Midfield Scrum

Defence alignment is a ‘common’ mistake in community rugby. Made even more difficult for the defensive team from a midfield scrum as highlighted in this week’s analysis.

How to use the ‘15 metre plus’ lineout throw to create attacking success

The Springboks recently discovered some interesting nuances of the lineout law. Nick Bishop details how they rapidly widened into fully-fledge defensive ‘loopholes’ in their recent Argentina Rugby Championship test match.

What is the theory behind restarts up the middle?

Why did Australia and South Africa buck the trend and restart up the middle rather than to the corners in their recent Rugby Championship game? Nick Bishop details why and the problems it creates for the receiving teams.

How to get the most out of your turnover defence at the ruck

Nick Bishop looks at the creative solution All Black coaches have created to overcome captain Sam Cane’s reduced his effectiveness in the tackle area, as a pilferer of opposition ball, due to his neck injury.

How to use the tip-on pass without tipping it off

The tip-on pass off 9 can be effective when you draw the defender up on point opposite your forward receiver.
Analyst Nick Bishop examines how you can make even more effective.

The theory of marginal gains in player development

The theory of marginal gains has been around for the best part of two decades. However, Nick Bishop highlights, citing All Black Samisoni Taukei’aho’s recent Ellis Park test performance as an example, marginal gains can have a momentum-gathering effect during a game.

Latest trends in the kicking game from San Juan

Hardly a week goes by in the international game, without further proof of the value of a well-directed kicking game.
Using the recent Argentina Vs Wallabies match, Nick Bishop highlights why it is one of the keys to success at any level of the game, whatever your preferred style of play as

How far can you push the boundaries on the kick-chase?

The aerial contest is a very important part of our game but when does the contest become dangerous play and an accident waiting to happen.
Nick Bishop analyses the aerial contest’s current form highlighting the recent Springbok All Blacks 1st test.

Why a tight forward needs more than one string to his (or her) bow!

One of the main thrusts in the professional era has been to up skill the tight forwards so that they can become attacking threats in their own right, not just providers for the backs.
Nick Bishop highlights Ireland’s Dan Sheehan as a prime example of the modern tight forward evolution.

Why couldn't the ABs defend the short-side?

Ireland had no difficulty in creating and exploiting short-sides against New Zealand throughout the entire series.
Nick Bishop illustrates how the Irish achieved this attacking dominance and gestures towards a much more deep-seated problem

How to use the kicking game against 14 men

Why use the kicking game against 14 men?
It is easy to see ‘run’ rather than ‘kick’ when your opponent loses a player to the sin-bin, but as Nick Bishop highlights from recent internationals, there are good reasons to kick.