Best of the Rest

Nine articles from elsewhere worth having a look at, involving coaching philosophy, referee reviews, rucking, restarts, the Bledisloe Cup, prop forwards, and the possibility of a North American World Cup.


How To Win by Jen Sinkler

A philosophical discussion with legendary American coach Jack Clark. ‘Nuff said.

Reddit AMA by Lyndon Bray

SANZAR’s referee chief answers questions on the popular social media website, a good read for those with an interest in the review and selection process of officials.

Ruck Marks by the Demented Mole

The Mole is at it again, this time running the rule over the ruck effectiveness of the Lions against Australia. It’s an impressive effort and one well worth taking the time to absorb in its entirety.

Bledisloe III: The Decisive Moments by Scott Allen

An in-depth look at the critical moments of the final Bledisloe match in Dunedin. If you enjoyed The Breakdown feature from this site, you’ll enjoy this.

Contrasting Mindsets by Grubbr

Not an article but a video collection of all the restarts from Bledisloe III. An interesting look at the different tactics used and their success rates.

The Prop For The Hard Place by Tim Glover

A blast from the past, a piece from 1998 about a promising young English tighthead who would go on to become a World Cup champion.

From Slab-Maker To Wales Great by Chris Jones

Welsh tighthead Adam Jones talks about his transformation from an overweight labourer to a world class prop forward.

Uruguay Rugby Is Full Of Passion by Frankie Deges

South America’s most prominent rugby writer examines the chances of World Cup qualification for Uruguay.

Does Soccer Offer A Base For An American World Cup? by Paul Tait

A leading light in English-speaking coverage of that part of the world ponders whether Major League Soccer stadiums could pave the way for a North American World Cup.

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