The bookmakers have tipped a two horse race in the 2011 Super 15 competition, featuring defending champions the Bulls, and New Zealand's leading hope the Crusaders. The Bulls are worthy of a third consecutive title, but can the Crusaders tip the scales and claim their eighth Super Rugby Crown?
It’s fair to say the Crusaders are New Zealand’s genuine title threat, looking at their past history. Having claimed seven titles and possessing many of New Zealand’s most lethal playing weapons, they’re on ... Read More
Nutrition plays such an important part in a rugby players career, making sure the right foods and fluids are absorbed into the body on a daily basis.
Along with a regular training regime, correct nutrition can make the body and mind work much more effectively, not only producing results in training, but on the field of play.
There are numerous foods which are advised in a players diet, some more important that others.
Carbohydrate foods are consumed regularly in the diet, a group of ... Read More
Training as a rugby player can be extremely intensive nowadays, with players not only aiming to reach their maximum potential on the field, but also off the field in preparation. In preparation for any rugby game, fitness is of the highest priority. Match fitness levels can determine the ability to perform and on many occasions, can determine results. If fitness is not accounted for properly, elements of fatigue, lack of speed, agility and low can motivation can develop, delivering a lacklustre performance ... Read More
The game of rugby has evolved over many years, with the focus on conditioning becoming extremely important before each and every game.
Players must prepare in a way they can reach their maximum peak potential during 80 minutes of play. With guidance from coaches, players must be taught to prepare consistently for every game, giving them every chance to succeed.
With the game played at such a high pace these days, preparation is not only required for performance but for prevention of injuries. Players ... Read More
Methods of coaching have rapidly changed over the years. From coaching an entire team to play the same way, to coaching only backs and forwards. It moved on to units, i.e outside backs, tight five etc. Then it moved on to training each position.
In the modern era, the focus has moved to each individual player in the team. The main objective being to train players to reach their maximum performance level on the field.
All Blacks coaching staff: Graham Henry, Wayne Smith ... Read More