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The Perfect Tens

I have played against some pretty good 10’s over the years. Half of them even seem to go to my old school, Boys High in Christchurch. But there are a couple who really stand out. The big two in my time as a player have been Jonny Wilkinson and Stephen Larkham…

Welcome Victor & Bismarck

We are pleased to announce that Victor Matfield and Bismarck du Plessis have joined The Rugby Site team.?Victor and Bismarck are looking forward to bringing you their coaching videos in the coming months. Stay tuned for further details…

Seven

I break down playing seven into four key components: tackling, clearing rucks, putting pressure on ball carriers and carrying the ball yourself

The Art of Ten

People out there think that I have one of the lowest heartbeats in rugby. I often get asked how I have so much time on the pitch.

Catching the Moment

Ask the people down your local club what they think the most important skill for a fly-half or midfield back is. I reckon speed and passing might feature at the top of a lot of lists, but I am not sure how many would identify ‘catching’ as the number one priority. It seems, well, it seems so ordinary. Anyone can catch a rugby ball, right? Or nearly everyone…

The Law is an Ass

The All Blacks leaders, Graham Henry and Richie McCaw, nominate laws they would like to see changed. Mark Reason asks what law would you like to see scrapped?…

Counter Attack

There is no point even beginning to talk about counter attack unless you are also going to talk about defence at the same time. It would be like telling someone how to make an omelette but forgetting the bit about breaking a few eggs. Defence provides the ingredients for so many counter attacks. Before you can launch out from defence, you have to break eggs…

The Whistle Blower

Ok, so he’s not a nuclear physicist or a sewage worker, but the rugby referee still has one of the most demanding jobs in the world. A ref needs to be a qualified lawyer. He needs to be a social worker, sorting through a number of personalities on the pitch. He needs to be a fitness freak and an anger management counsellor and a policeman and a pitch inspector. The ref then needs to make split second interpretations of hundreds of laws over and over again during the course of 80 minutes…