A defensive line at a scrum has two main seams – weaker areas where one section of the defence joins another. These sections provide chances for an attack to exploit uncertainty or confusion… SEAM 1 – between the scrum and fly half The tackling ability of 10s varies enormously. Jonny Wilkinson was one of the... MORE
Right...let's get a grip. We encourage our players to be resilient, positive and look forward, not back. We now to do that ourselves and then communicate that energy to our players. What can we do to plan, prepare and develop ourselves? MORE
Wales scored a magnificent try against England, executing FOUR "2 v 1" situations in quick succession to score a try that started inside their own 22m area. Two attackers against one defender is a classic decision-making training scenario. There are lots of different ways to set it up. Here are four activities which ensure that there are plenty of variations to keep the players focused on using accurate skills under pressure. MORE
Every player who's not carrying the ball in attack needs to think about how they can be effective "off the ball".
In simple terms, it means realigning to receive the next pass, or the pass after. However, in the chaos of a game, players who are not close to the ball will find it harder to do things like "hold their width" or "maintain their depth". Lots of jargon already, which can be difficult to comprehend for more novice players, let alone more experienced players trying to be more effective. MORE
While many factors led to England dominating the game against Ireland, their ability to win the contact area, both in attack and defence, certainly made a massive difference. Andy Farrell, Ireland's coach, was certainly quick to acknowledge that his team came second in the physical contest. MORE
A strong, stable scrum provides an excellent platform for attacking play or effectively clearing your lines. Yet training this crucial area is never easy since you may not have all your scrum players available or access to a scrum machine. So, here are some practical solutions to build a stronger scrum. MORE