Dave Nicoll

Six Nations Round 2 – Team Of The Week

We take a look at the top performers from the second round of action in the 2015 Six Nations and select our best XV… 15.Stuart Hogg Hogg was in magnificent form once again, against Wales this time, scoring one try and being heavily involved in open play for Scotland. 14.Yoann Huget France’s backline may have stuttered once more, however Huget …

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6 Things To Concern England Fans Ahead Of Their Clash With Ireland

Despite an impressive scoreline against Italy this weekend, there will be several issues that are a cause for concern for England fans ahead of their clash with Ireland… 1.Slow Starts For the second time in as many weeks, England’s slow start meant they found themselves chasing the game early in the first half. If they can just learn to start …

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6 Things That Are Turning Rugby Boring

We take a look at seven things that need to be changed in rugby in order to avoid continuing to turn fans off of the game. 1.Media Training It seems long gone are the days of players with massive characters in rugby (except maybe the Honey Badger). Most players these days have had the personality trained out of them by …

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12 Emotions Rugby Players Experience On Game Day

Whatever level you play at, it’s pretty much inevitable that as a rugby player you will experience all of these emotions on game day… 1.You wake up full of energy 2.At first you can’t contain your excitement 3.But then the nerves start to kick in 4.All morning all you can think about is the game [adsenseyu2] 5.Frustration sets in as …

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Bad News For Rugby Purists

Lovers of free-flowing attacking rugby look away now – but the stats don’t lie, and it turns out the teams that kick the most also happen to win the most. Research from Bill Gerrard, a professor of business and sports analytics at Leeds University Business School, who also works for Saracens, has shown that kicking teams have a significant statistical …

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9 Things We’ve Learnt From Week One Of The Six Nations

We take a look at nine things that fans and coaches will have learnt from the opening round of matches in the 2015 Six Nations… 1.Italy need to start investing in their grassroots game urgently Over the last few years we have seen a steady decline in Italy’s competitiveness which is culminating in them being on the receiving end of …

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