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More great analysis of England v Australia by David Clarke

Our friends at Green and Gold Rugby do not hold back from making “jokes” at the expense of players and countries. BUT, their analysis is forthright and interesting. We can all learn from the way they pick out the strengths and weaknesses of players, so we can pass on these thoughts to our own.

I know this analysis is “after” the event for us, but it makes interesting viewing in light of the fact that England won the subsequent game 20-21. The GGR guys point out the contribution of Burgess at 9 in the first game where Australia won. Interestingly, Will Genia played in the second!

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Turn it into a game by David Clarke

Richard GrahamI have just read an interview with the new Australian skills coach, Richard Graham, who is just finishing at Saracens. The full interview can be read at the greenandgoldrugby.com blog.

One of the main ways he coaches rugby skills is to use “skills games” whereby the skills are used in game situations. If a player is struggling with the skill, then he is taken to the side to work on the skill before returning to the game.

On Wednesday we launched our new book 48 Rugby Skills Games . (Follow that link to download a couple of free examples).We know that Wayne Smith, the assistant coach with All Blacks, uses skills games, also England conditioning coaches employ them and from this latest article, the Australian side too.

The interest in the book has come from all around the world. I know from my own experience of playing and coaching that I prefer to play a game and so do the players. And there are plenty of learning benefits as well.

It is worth noting that Graham was one of the greats of sevens rugby in the late 90s.

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