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Test match rugby at its most challenging

Now that was a Test Match in every sense of the word. A big step up from playing Super Rugby and second-tier rugby countries. In essence less time, more pressure.

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Irish Rugby on top of the world

In 1988 the Irish Rugby Union sent three delegates to NZ to study the structure of our game and understand why a little country of under 4 million people way down in the South Pacific could be the No1 rugby country in the world. Their intention was

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IRANZ Insight: Is it selection or coaching?

When your team loses, it is easy to start pointing the finger at individual players, and that would be understandable when the team won by 23 points a week ago and lost by 11 this week.

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Super Rugby Pacifica is an All Black Trial

The present Super series is not a commercial model and it won’t last.  However it is functional as a series of “trial” matches for RWC23 for the All Blacks, Wallabies and to a degree Fiji and Samoa. It has been interesting to study each weekend.  I’m drawing a comparison between the 6 Nations and Super Rugby Pacifica. The 6 Nations is more seriously adjudicated, physical and intense – typical of Test matches in the Northern Hemisphere. Down under we have a faster, more skilful and dynamic brand of rugby. The winner of RWC France will need both.

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Game strategy, selection & execution in that order

The All Blacks 100th Test match against the Springboks highlighted what every coach needs to appreciate.

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