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Published: Feb 13 , 2020
Author: Andrew Farquhar

A game plan which has focussed around playing faster and being more nimble than the opposition has been the pervading approach; in rugby, as in negotiations, going toe to toe with a more powerful opponent is very unlikely to prove fruitful.

Published: Jul 04 , 2013
Author: Alan Smith

George North is a big man. Currently on tour in Australia with the British and Irish Lions, North stands at 6 feet 4 inches and weighs in at 240 lbs. That is over 17 stones in old money, as my mother would say. He is also only 21 years old and a prodigious rugby talent. In the first test he scored a phenomenal individual try and in the second a thunderous tackle that sent the Wallaby Israel Folau back several meters......

Published: Oct 21 , 2011
Author: Alan Smith

If, like me, you have been following the rugby world cup finals, you will have spent the last few weekends glued to the TV at an ungodly hour watching the world’s best teams knock the hell out of each other in an attempt to lift the greatest prize in Rugby, the Webb Ellis trophy. If also like me you are a supporter of the England team you will also be familiar with the phrase ‘win ugly’. The phrase comes from Brad Gilbert, previously a mediocre tennis professional, who won ugly by disrupting his opponents using a variety of techniques from gamesmanship to relentless targeting the opponents weaknesses. Gilbert famously became the coach of Agassi and Sampras and helped them gain the psychological advantage in their game.

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My newspaper today has three full pages of Aldi advertisements. The running motif is price and the word LIKE…. ‘If you LIKE low prices’, ‘If you LIKE’ saving over 40%’, and so on. The word is fashionable – it has taken on new importance because of social media – we are asked to LIKE our friends, LIKE other people’s Facebook posts, LIKE Instagram photos. Perhaps this...

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