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When is a knock-on not a knock-on?

If the ball goes forward off, it is a knock-on and a scrum to the opposition, right? Well not always the case as Analyst Nick Bishop highlights in this week’s analysis.

What does economy at the cleanout really look like?

The new ruck guidelines have accelerated the blurring of boundaries between ball-winners and ball-users, contact ‘grunts’ and mercurial play-makers.
Analyst Nick Bishop illustrates the effect it has on different positions and the game.

Ennis Rugby Club producing Red Diamonds

How did 3 of 6 academy players come from Ennis Rugby club, in Co Clare, Ireland, not exactly a traditional powerhouse of Munster rugby appear in a European Champions Cup match and win? Luck of the Irish or the result of a successful development programme?

Why does defence look so different in the modern era?

Why is there a need to keep pace in the observation, and explanation of the game of Rugby? Many of the understandings in the game still derive from the amateur era, or the early days of professionalism. Nick Bishop uses modern defences as an example in this week’s analysis.

Why Rugby is creeping into the grey area at ruck and maul

Professional coaches spend an awful lot of time looking for loopholes, or grey areas within the rugby lawbook which they feel they can exploit. Analyst Nick Bishop looks at the latest evidence of Lawbook loophole occurring in the English premiership.

Who won the joust of styles at number 9 in Paris? – Part 2

In Part 2 of how the different No 9 styles can work in harmony with the new breakdown guidelines, Nick Bishop examines the mechanics of the outstanding All Black’s distributing No 9 Aaron Smith’s style of play.

Who won the joust of styles at number 9 in Paris? – Part 1

Nick Bishop examines the mechanics of how the different No 9 styles can work in harmony with the new breakdown guidelines. Part 1 of 2 articles focuses on the strong and powerful French No 9 Antoine Du Pont’s style of play.

How to take the short-cut to success off first receiver

The flat or short ball to the ‘forward’, and the ball out of the back door to another back-line distributor, which is more productive? Nick Bishop adds some weight to the ‘forward’ ball in this week’s article.

Is the full-back position about to get upsized? Part 2

In part 2 of this series, with the pre-dominance of kicking, Nick considers the movement towards full-backs who offer more physical reassurance in the air and on the counter.

Is the full-back position about to get up-sized? Part 1

Kicking ability out of hand and off the tee is this week’s focus in the 1st of 2 articles, as Analyst Nick Bishop looks at ways in which the full-back spot is looking towards a considerable upsizing in the professional game.

How to swing for the fences: goal-kicking and the golf game

How are the golf swing and goal kick connected? Analyst Nick Bishop looks at the effect top golf and kicking coach Dave Alred has had in the crossover between the golf swing and goal-kick in rugby.

La razon por la que el contra-ruck esta ganando valor en defensa

En el Rugby Championship 2021, el contraruck tuvo un resurgimiento inesperado siendo el cambio de leyes un desfibrilador para el mismo.

Entonces, ¿cuáles son los KPI para el éxito de un counter-ruck? El analista Nick Bishop detalla en el análisis de esta semana.