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Will Kiwis See More Red?
NEW ZEALAND’S success in dealing with Covid has brought the return of live action with Super Rugby Aotearoa. And the New Zealand-only focus allows them to trial interesting changes to the law and give the annual promise of “applying tackle laws more
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“We Need To Change Perceptions”
Players Coaches Administrators Other Australia coach • New entry “There are a lot of factions, a lot of talk about past players and captains, the media are often reporting on stories that are negative about our sport. We’ve got our part to play to gi
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“The Japanese Market Represents The Next Big Thing For Rugby”
THE AVERAGE rugby fan in Britain and Ireland has probably heard of CVC, given its involvement in the sport recently, but it’s less likely they’ll have paid attention to a very different company: Dentsu. Yet Dentsu’s influence on rugby in the next dec
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“He’s The Most INFLUENTIAL, The Most VISIONARY And The Most COURAGEOUS”
Players Coaches Administrators Other South Africa captain ▴ Up five Siya Kolisi, of South Africa – but now one of rugby’s universal soldiers – stands at No 1 in our most influential list, with Maro Itoje close behind at No 3. Here we have two wonderf
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Rising Stars
Age 22 (24 Feb 1998) Born Christchurch Position Full-back Franchise Crusaders Country NZ When did you first get involved in rugby? At about five or six – as soon as I could, for the High School Old Boys club in Christchurch. Growing up I was a keen c
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Games Plan
SEVENS PROVED a huge success at Rio 2016, with Fiji winning their country’s first-ever Olympic medal when taking gold in the men’s event and Australia triumphant in the women’s tournament. Now the world’s best sevens players are looking ahead to Toky
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Should The Match Clock Stop For Scrums?
AS RUGBY (and all sports) battle Fortnite, YouTube and Netflix for the attention of future generations, how our game presents as a spectacle is becoming of greater importance. Not only is style of play incredibly important but so too the flow of the
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Power Play
SALEV Kelter is lured around the corporate box, pressing the flesh and repeating her story, the paparazzo snapping away cannot hide her glee. As we ask twin Derya if those shots will be used to torture her sister later, she replies: “Oh, you have no
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What Goes On Tour…
TWO YEARS to the day after England’s World Cup victory, writes Sir Clive Woodward, I was in a freezing KC Stadium seeing Harry Redknapp’s Southampton earn a dull 1-1 draw at Hull City on a Tuesday night. After the game, the first-team bus pulled up 2
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Globetrotters
Kenya’s analytical captain AT MOST major sevens events, the Fijians will be the neutrals’ choice. But in the US, there is burgeoning support for Kenya. And one of the biggest treats for fans is to see the Shujaa dance. “It has not been an easy path f
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What It’s Like To … Own An Mlr Club
REGULARLY PRAISED by exalted American Football coach Bill Belichick for his ability to toil through the tough stuff, veteran New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung may not strike you as easy to grind down. But after years of subliminal rugby messa
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Rain & shine
AS INDIA’S most-capped and experienced women’s rugby player, Vahbiz Bharucha is no stranger to breaking down barriers. Take her search for an oval ball more than a decade ago. “I went into a sports shop in 2006 with my dad and asked the shopkeeper if
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The Rugby Rant
WATCHING A skilled kicker, particularly a fly-half, is a wonderful sight. As a child I spent hours playing the kicking game ‘Gaining Ground’. At schoolboy camps you’d kick in gym shoes with no socks; it was a leather ball and if you didn’t catch it o
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Crossword
1 George - - -, Crusaders wing with nine tries in nine All Black appearances (6) 5 What Adam Jones’s 2015 autobiography is called (4) 8 Controversially draw fresh vote for Pembrokeshire club that lies in the Scarlets’ region (13) 9 Adidas - - - of Ru
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Short Pass
Orrell legend Des Seabrook, coach of the North team that beat the 1979 All Blacks, has died aged 79. Chris Robshaw will play for MLR’s San Diego Legion after Harlequins’ season finishes. Jerry Flannery (right) has joined Quins as lineout coach. Blitz
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Why The Tigers Will Roar Under Steve Borthwick
AFTER NEARLY five years with England, Steve Borthwick has begun life as head coach at underachieving Leicester. I was lucky enough to work with him at Bristol in 2015. His attention to detail is his USP. The quiet, subtle way in which he empowers his
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Inside The Mind Of… Scott Robertson
“I made my Test debut with my childhood hero, Michael Jones, in his last game. It was awesome. An incredible player and even more of an incredible man. That first Test (against Australia, 1998) was the realisation of a childhood dream. It was great t
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The Inside Line
Getting your players into a physical condition to get lower is crucial. They must be flexible, strong and powerful. There are various strategies to modify height before contact. Get players to touch the floor before engaging, apply a height restricti
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“Rugby Needs More Diversity At The Top”
A THIRD of England’s World Cup squad came from BAME backgrounds. In the final, 40% of South Africa’s starting XV were black or mixed race. More than a quarter of players worldwide are female, with the growth in women’s players nearly double that of m
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Michael Leitch
HIS DECISION to take a scrum and go for the win against South Africa at the 2015 World Cup is already etched into history. Leading Japan to the event’s greatest upset will be Michael Leitch’s legacy. Then, in 2019, Japan’s victories over Scotland and
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Get In The Fast Lane
WITH RUGBY’S return to training, there is excitement in the air, writes speed coach Jonas Dodoo. There is also, however, apprehension due to an increased risk of injury after time off. This has been illustrated in the return of pro football in German
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“Siya Kolisi Can Be A Role Model For Us All”
MANY SPORTSMEN shy away from being a role model. Others actively disassociate themselves from it. Not Siya Kolisi. South Africa’s first black captain and World Cup-winning skipper not only embraces the responsibility, he lives it. Before the final in
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Time Is Of The Essence
THERE’S A little over a year until the best women’s teams converge on New Zealand for the 2021 World Cup. Nine of the 12 countries taking part are already known, but the qualification process to decide the final three places has been thrown up in the
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3 Train Steps To Success
The aim here is to orientate large forces going forward as you push a sled. Extend into the ground using “bum before your back”, keep stiff ankles. This functional exercise develops maximum force as well as your work capacity. This is a progression f
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Your Rugby Calendar
Rugby World has launched a new podcast entitled One Game at a Time. In each episode, Sam Roberts talks to a player about a memorable match in their career. Interviews with the likes of Tom Curry (below) and Gareth Edwards are already live on iTunes a
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Tom Palmer
Age 41 Position Lock Teams Leeds, Wasps, Stade Français, Gloucester, Treviso, Bordeaux-Bègles & England “WHEN I joined Treviso in 2015, I became forwards coach by default because they didn’t have one. I was going to stay on in that capacity but the f
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How To Read The Game From Full-back
“In defence, communication with the front line is important. In attack, you need to know the system. Most teams will have a 15 who can pop in and out, counter-attack or change direction freely. But it’s about anticipating the picture a phase ahead –
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“You Have To Look Outside The Box. I Try To Every Time I Travel Somewhere”
GOT ANY nicknames? Oh yeah. Speedstick, P-Bakes, Shake ‘n Bake… I guess I’m one of those guys who gets lots of nicknames. What’s your funniest moment on the pitch? I was captain for a tournament and we were playing Scotland in Cape Town. There was a
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“We’re In A Right Mess – With Or Without Covid”
COMPARED TO football, I guess rugby is around the League Two mark on gate receipts and income streams. Rugby’s model just doesn’t work if wages keep going up and allowing marquee players has done just that. The number of players earning two or three
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In Touch
The Star Letter winner will receive £20 – let us know your views on the game to be in the running STAR LETTER I first picked up a rugby ball in 1954 when I was 15 and have never let go of it since. The players of today will never come up to the stand
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