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In this offering we will delve deeper into elite rugby fitness and a few of the key components used to achieve it.
With the 2010 Winter Olympic Games now drawing to a close, I am reminded of a slogan I read while at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. It read, “the Olympics are not every four years, the Olympics are everyday”. This was a reminder to all athletes of their responsibility to hard work at getting better every single day.
Sport science research has changed how the best teams warm up. In this column Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups encourage coaches and team’s to review how they warm up before competition.
In rugby matches, halftime is a valuable few minutes for rugby teams and coaches and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups talks about what changes can be made at halftime.
It’s the first match of the 2010 season and your players are filled with a mix of competitive anxiety and excitement. As the coach, you work to assure that the starting XV and key reserves are ready to play. In this column offering, I will share a few simple suggestions to use as a checklist on match day.
I received an email the other day from a high school rugby player asking for some advice about ways to improve his rugby. Specifically, he asked if I thought it was a good idea for him to quit football and focus solely on rugby.
By this time of year high school seniors have completed college applications for the schools they wish to attend next autumn and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups talks about how to find the school with the right rugby program.
My curiosity of the origin of the term referee and how they came to play such an important role in our game lead me to look into the topic this past weekend.
I am fortunate to receive good questions from the faithful rugbyrugby.com readers including one from a Mid Atlantic club coach regarding the challenges of only training two nights per week. His questions to me were surrounding how to get the most out of training sessions.
Rugby players can distinguish themselves through their ability to not quit playing hard when the match begins to ask hard questions and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups talks about some gritty rugby performances.
In rugby, having an established pattern of play is critical in shaping the organization of in-the-moment decisions with attacking possessions and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups looks at implementing a pattern of play.
You know immediately that something bad has happened. If you have ever suffered a fractured or broken tooth or been witness to such an injury, you never forget the sound at the moment of impact which is why Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups stressed always having your rugby mouthguard.
Recovery and regeneration is planned within micro and macro cycles of training, and is a scheduled period when a player’s training stimulus is altered to promote a reset of their physical and psychological state.
Rugby had a good day last week when the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board recommended Sevens to be adopted for the 2016 Summer Games.
Rugby has long been thought of as a 'gentlemans sport' to those who play the game but many on the outside only hear horror stories of foul play and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups talks about the beauty of the sport.
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.