The Art of Deceptionfrom scrum magazine Autumn Test Special 2012 Issue 48

I always find it quite ironic that 15 years or so ago the whole rugby union coaching network linked into our cross code cousins – rugby league, mainly to fnd out the best ways to defend, whether it be individual tackle technique or overall team defensive systems.

Rugby league, in many ways, has had a massive infuence on the union game. I say ironic, because over the summer months I spent time at a number of English Premiership clubs and nearly all are again linked into league, this time analysing their attacking systems more than their now, well known, defensive strategies.

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