Analysis: How Scotland Outsmarted the All Blacks in the Opening Quarter at Murrayfield

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The last few seasons have seen a number of false dawns for this Scotland side. Despite a really energetic and talented squad, “This may well be Scotland’s year” is now something we seem to say and hear on an annual basis; we should probably be wary, then, of suggesting that their recent performance against the All Blacks could prove a real turning point for them.

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Opinion: The Tackle Ban Debate Deserves More Sensitive Discussion

Nathan Hughes (Wasps) tends to a prone Sam Simmonds (Exeter) after knocking him out during a tackle on Sunday.

Over the past few days, rugby people across the world have been left with an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. Yes, the great concussion debate is raging again, and has once more been inflamed by calls to ban tackling whenever the sport is played in schools.

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Analysis: Joey Carbery’s Play Shows the Benefits of a Creative Full-Back

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In the wake of Ireland’s disappointing defeat to Wales midway through the recent Six Nations championship, much was written about Ireland’s over-reliance on Johnny Sexton as the side’s sole playmaker. When Sexton was on the field, the opinion pieces went, they were too reliant upon him; when he was off it, the side looked lost for ideas.

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Analysis: Do Ireland Need a Second Playmaker?

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Is a problem shared really a problem halved? In rugby terms, it’s a divisive issue.

Should a coach pick a second playmaker at centre? Is it best to have a barrel-chested ball-carrier outside your fly-half, or another pair of gentle hands? A man o’ war, or a metronome? There are several schools of thought in answering these questions, and these were on full display during last weekend’s Six Nations fixtures.

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