In What Qualities make a Good Captain top coaches spoke of what they looked for in a player when selecting this role but once chosen how does a player learn how to develop into a good captain? Continue reading
When compiling Rugby Revealed we reached out to international coaches and players to get their advice on the modern game and one of the first to agree to help was Eddie Jones.
Jones was working as Head Coach of Japan since 2012. Before that Coach Jones was Head Coach of Australia from 2001 – 2005 before taking a Technical Adviser role with South Africa, who went on to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Eddie Jones is now very well known around the world for leading Japan to their historic win against South Africa in this year’s World Cup.
It was north versus south in the RWC quarterfinals but it wasn’t the expected match ups that made the headlines, it was the rugby laws that saw referee Craig Joubert v Scotland. In this Royall Lyme article we look at how the laws of the game have shaped the championship. Continue reading
The midfield maestros that form the centre partnership are the focus of the latest Royall Lyme Rugby World Cup XV squad selection. While it was tempting to pick an established partnership, I went instead for two players who each excelled for their countries in the 12 and 13 shirts.
The No 10 shirt for the Royall Lyme Rugby World Cup XV goes to England’s Jonny Wilkinson. Remembered for the kick that won a world cup, Wilkinson brought a precision and dedication to the role of fly half that few could match. Continue reading
The final place in the Royall Lyme Rugby World Cup XV Forward Pack is filled by a Kiwi of some pedigree. The All Blacks have a knack of producing effective No 8s and the current incumbent of that jersey Kieran Read is the latest in a longline of players who have dominated the position internationally. One of the most renowned is my choice at No 8, Zinzan Brooke. Continue reading
The Back Row in any team is about the combination of players that gives the team options and balance in key areas. For my Royall Lyme Rugby World Cup XV flanker pairing I have gone for two players who faced each other in the iconic 1995 RWC Final, one was a debutant who made his name in the tournament and the other an established leader who was carrying the expectation of a nation on his shoulders. Continue reading