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Playing the percentages as a rugby coach by David Clarke

I am just putting the final touches to this month’s Rugby Coach Newsletter. With contributions from Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Scotland, Wales and England the international carries nicely into the Autumn International Series.

Our regular columist, Jim Love, a former coach and player for the NZ Maori team, discusses playing the percentages in the game. His current team in Italy regularly tops the national competition and hits well above its weight in the European Challenge games. He knows that how to marshall his resources to gain the maximum effect, even against bigger spending sides.

This month he talks about his tactics in his own 22 and what he is now doing with the ELVs to make more yardage than his opponents.

Though you cannot make the passes and tackles for your players, you can help make better tactical decisions, like when to kick, and where to kick. Last month I outlined a kicking stratgey matrix you can use. This month Jim’s article builds on this vital part of the game, so often left to one side the total strategy mix.

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