Collisions, injuries and the changing nature of rugby: 2013/14 to early 2017/18

I look into a supposed spike in collisions in rugby, supposedly caused by law changes made before the 2017/18 season. Supposedly.

Pod: Farming & Coaching, featuring Rory Best & Denis Leamy

And we talked centre combos for the November tests with James Downey

Pod: a journey into Performance Psychology

We talk to performance psychologist Gerry Hussey, and ROG & Fez talk Champions Cup and Johan Van Graan

Podcast: Tadhg Beirne on signing for Munster, and how he ended up in Wales

And we also have ROG and Kev McLaughlin discussing the Leinster Munster rivalry.

Player welfare as weapon and the amazing world of Japanese toilet tech

ROG and the now-married Stephen Ferris talk player welfare in modern rugby, and I talk to Rob Penney about life in Japan and how he looks back on his time with Munster.

Retirement: planned, unplanned, and what comes next

The life of a professional sportsperson can come to a halt in various different ways. Only the very few have the luxury of a pre-announced retirement along with celebratory last season.

Some can own their decision to retire, both circumstance and timing, even if they weren’t 100% conscious at the time that their last game would be their last game.… Read more...

The 2017/18 Podcast Season

We're rolling nicely over at The Hard Yards. Here's what I've been up to on the pod so far this season.