RWC 2015 Kicking Data. And how I’m hopelessly biased.

Also some breakdown data from Ireland vs France. Paul O'Connell did not go quietly into the night...

Kicking Percentage Lies

I wrote about the flaws in Kicking Percentage for the Irish Times, and how some people are doing a better job at rating place kickers.

“The ability to do a running spiral is priceless” – a chat with Dave Alred, kicking guru

I went to Carton House to have a chat with Dave Alred, noted kicking and performance coach. We discussed goal kicking, baseball and the lost art of the spiral kick. And later I tried not to embarrass myself in a kicking session being watched by an Irish rugby great.

Ken Quarrie and his Kicking Model

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The second in a series looking at goal kicking in rugby. A chat with Ken Quarrie, NZ Rugby Senior Scientist.

How good was that kick, really? Two men decided to find out.

The first of a series of pieces on goalkicking in rugby

Six Nations Week 2: English discipline and lazy thinking about the French

Only six tries over the weekend with some dour matches. But the English gameplan was worth admiring. Less so the lazy commentary about the French.

Declining kickable points to save time a worthwhile strategy

The number of tries scored will probably decide qualification for two teams in this weekend’s final Heineken Cup round – so why are teams persisting with wasting time by taking conversions? My piece for the Irish Times...

The Boys in Blue are running out of time…

Leinster need to score a hatful of tries to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the Heineken Cup knock-out stages. In today's Scarlets preview I explore an idea that would give them a better chance of doing just that: refuse ALL kicks at goal. Yes, even conversions...