Reset The Scrum

“The scrum is a fundamental and dynamic part of our game. It is important that we continue to promote the best possible player welfare standards and this trial process is about putting players first and delivering a reduction of the forces on engagement, which could have significant positive effects on long-term player welfare.” – Bernard Lapasset, IRB chairman. So yet AGAIN, …

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The Importance of Community Rugby

Football has always been the superior sport throughout British society, dominating school PE lessons, attendance figures and annoyingly 90% of Sky Sports News coverage! Yet Rugby Union’s popularity is growing tremendously, with the RFU predicting participation rates to be tipping 200,000 in England alone. After successive Six Nations and Sevens Series, interest in the sport is soaring, and now English …

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5 benefits of Cage Vipr Conditioning

Vipr conditioning is a new take on a fitness ‘’class’’ from man behind school of hard knocks Chris Chudleigh and Vipr. This article will discuss why these sessions offer more ‘’bang for your buck’’ than other traditional workout classes and are particularly useful for people participating in team sports such as rugby etc. Sport specificity Vipr conditioning is unlike any …

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Penalties in Rugby Need to be Reduced to 2 Points!

In the last month or so it has really hit home for me just how dull games of rugby can be during the deep, dark winter months in the Northern Hemisphere. [adsenseyu1] I came to this ‘startling’ realisation for two reasons; firstly a Sean Maloney highlight reel of Super XV try scorers has once again reignited my interest in the …

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Tackling and Defence – The Two Must Never Be Taken Seperately

Bizarre title but if you think about it tackling is a skill, defence is a composite of skills combined that incorporates tackling, amongst other facets, that combine to make your try line impregnable.  To teach tackling without reference to how you are going to defend could mean that you practise 1000s of head on tackles in training but actually in …

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Rugbys Movers and Shakers – Whose Going Where This Summer

We are now well and truly into rugby silly season with new transfers being announced on a nearly daily basis. This year more than ever it appears players are on the move around clubs, particularly as the French Top 14 recently announced another increase in the wage cap once again increasing their already impressive spending power. Below we highlight some …

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Playoffs Round Up

With the Northern hemispheres rugby season beginning to draw to a close, this weekend saw top clubs across Europe take one step closer to claiming top domestic honours. We now have the finalists f0r the Premiership, Pro 12 and Championship playoffs confirmed alongside this seasons Top 14 semi-finalists. Although the majority of the games adhered to the form book, there …

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Rugby Villains

SOMETIMES in sport a player comes along who completely grabs your attention, you know the one that every time he gets the ball you lean forward in your seat, mouth slightly open, poised to shout so everyone in your house (and next door) is aware something beautiful has just happened. We all have a favourite player, we all have that …

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