When Eddie Jones starts trying to unsettle you with mind games in the build-up to a pivotal 6 Nations test match, the chances are that you're doing something right. Yesterday, it was Rhys Patchell who found himself in the crosshairs. Jones, as he tends to do, lobbed a few grenades into the buildup for his side's … Continue reading Analysis: Why Rhys Patchell Can Excel Amidst England’s Pressure
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 … Continue reading Analysis: Do Ireland Need a Second Playmaker?
In the wake of last weekend's Six Nations fixtures, Italy's controversial showing at Twickenham shared back-page headlines with the stellar performances of Ireland's half-backs. The supremely composed Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton were worthy of the admiration heaped upon them against the French, and there were few arguments when both were named in the Championship's official Team … Continue reading Analysis: Finn Russell’s Improving Game Management Shows That He is Learning from His Mistakes
France without Wesley Fofana: a wounded beast? It certainly seems so. Much excitement surrounded the appointment of Guy Noves as France’s head coach in 2015. He was esteemed to be the man to guide Les Bleus back to their former glory, dominating European rugby and claiming the occasional southern hemisphere scalp to boot. Most eagerly … Continue reading France Without Fofana: a Wounded Beast?
Hello again, everyone! In this series of posts, which I've rather unimaginatively called 'How it was Scored', I'm going to be taking a really close look at how great tries are, well... scored. I'll be picking apart how certain moves are planned, engineered and executed, hoping to give you an insight into how they function. … Continue reading How It Was Scored: What Liam Williams’ Try vs England Might Mean for the Lions
When Jared Payne was withdrawn halfway through Ireland's plucky 27-24 defeat of Australia back in November, the signs were worrying for all present in Dublin. Even setting aside the fact that Robbie Henshaw was absent after a Same Cane hit against the All Blacks, Payne in many ways had become Ireland's defensive general, and to lose … Continue reading Analysis: Ireland’s Defensive Decision-Making and the Return of Andrew Trimble