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Side Step and Manipulating Defence - All with Shane Williams

Shane Williams played 87 caps for Wales and 4 for the Lions. He is Wales’ most capped winger and with 58 tries to his name is his country’s leading try scorer; and third on the list of international try scorers. Shane was first selected for Wales in 2000 by Graham Henry though suffered from injury and doubts over his size in his early years in the national side. He recovered from both and was part of the Wales Grand Slam winning sides of 2005 and 2008, and was named IRB Player of the Year in 2008. The diminutive winger became the darling of the Cardiff crowd as he sidestepped his way around the best defences in the world. Shane retired from international rugby in 2011 and will finish his playing career with the Ospreys at the end of the 2012 season.

Part 1. Shane Williams: Side Stepping   6:12 Member content

Shane Williams breaks the sidestep down, taking you through his skill checklist and showing you how the ball carrier and support runners can manipulate defenders and defensive lines to beat and unlock them. Watch and learn direct from one of the best attacking players the game of rugby has ever seen.

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Part 2. Shane Williams: Manipulating the defence 4:47 Member content

I give away about 4 or 5 stone to some of the bigger wingers I play against. In this module I’ll share with you the tackling technique that has worked for me over 11 years of international rugby. Showing you how to use an attackers momentum to bring them to the ground, stay on top of them and execute turnovers.

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Duration 10:59
Topics Player Programme Coaches Corner Attack
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Great video! A simple class on how to make the holes in defences to appear


Really enjoyed this drill. Shows that you don’t have to over complicate things.


Awesome technique and great coaching aspect


Excellent video! Shows very well the incredible agility that Shane has. One of the most entertaining players ever!

New Zealand

Subtitulate this video to spanish…p l e a s e !!!


Nice simple plays from a rugby maestro. Mark Casey Australia


Good job. simple but effective.


UOC rugby 2015 : miss u pandaa


Very usefull on last minute decision to avoid a tackle, decision making here is important along with the timing of the step.

South Africa

Great demonstration of the side step. An even more important message for defenders “Never look at the attacker’s feet. Always look at the hips/ middle area.”


me gustaria q puedan traducir los videos a español.


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