Wibble Rugby: The latest Video/Feedback/Advice

Hello Gentlemen,

 

I wanted to ask you guys all a favour as it were.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqMFnlyeEpI

I’ve recently started up with the Wibble Videos again, and this one, is the format i want to start doing going forward. The Jingle, the titles, Blackadder references, a little humour but not much. All in all an effort to move away from Squidge as whilst he’s great, i want it to be my work rather than an imitation.

However, i’m still very much looking for feedback and stuff that can make it better. If you boys do have time, it’d mean a lot to get your thoughts. Its long, and goes into a lot of detail, but this is the kind of thing i want to be doing now (As i’m starting Performance Analysis MSc in Hartpury this September). So will need to do something else other than my IT Job!

Any comments, shares, feedback you can provide, it’d mean an awful lot.

Cheers,

Conor

How England 2003 can influence the new attacj

Hey guys!

Hope you’re keeping well. This I have wanted to write about for a seriously long time.

England 2003, without doubt the best England team there ever has been. Some of their attack was quite astounding, and. Could work even better than what is going on today with the use of League defences.

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/analysis-why-clive-woodwards-attacking-plans-from-2003-are-vitally-important-to-this-new-era-of-defensive-dominance/

Hope you boys enjoy it! But yeah. A throwback to when we were genuinely the best team in the World. This is something I appreciate.

Also. Heavily advise to watch Squidges video on SA last night. A bit of heavy viewing, especially reliving the final. But cannot deny it is a sublime piece of work.

Cheers boys and keep safe!

Conor

Position 11 or 14 Wingers

To continue our round up of the teams I’m now going to have a go at the wingers. Put both of them together as some of them have played on both sides.

Some really obvious contenders. My selections in no particular order

Jonah Lomu – Probably the person that most transcended the sport a career cut horribly short and having a tragic end but at his best was almost literally unstoppable.

Dougie Howlett – Still I believe the top NZ try scorer with 49 tries in something like 64 matches an incredible strike rate.

Bryan Habana – I’m a saffer and just can’t leave him out but with 67 tries I think he justifies his inclusion.

David Campese – started really young and had a long career but hard to deny him – despite as every saffer I know utterly hating the git. Peter Hendriks rounding him for a try in the opening game of the 95 world cu is the memory I’ll go with.

Shane Williams – proving you don’t have to be big to be bloody good.

Pierre Saint-Andre – Maybe not as prolific as the others but some of the stuff he did was just incredible and he could certainly bring a crowd to it’s feet.

Rory Underwood – Still Englands leading try scorer.

I’ve restricted the list to those I have actually seen. May have been more in the past. I’m as yet to be convinced that the current crop are worthy of a place on that list although players like Johhny May and Cheslin Kolbe may get there.

First steps to a global calender

Following the World Rugby meetings in March this year, SANZAAR and the Six Nations (“the Nations”) have been working closely over the lockdown period against a set of key principles between the parties, to develop and agree proposals for an aligned global calendar.

The statement said: “Even though there may be different preferences, from the outset the Nations have adopted a mindset that has sought to eliminate self-interest and recognise that the international and club game have shared mutual benefits that if approached and managed correctly can enable both to flourish.

“A further consultation process, in total transparency with unions, clubs and players, will commence as all parties work towards an aligned global calendar that can deliver a clear and coherent narrative.”

The key principles that have underpinned the work to date are:
  
1.     Significantly mitigate overlaps between club and country fixtures

2.     Better aligned player release windows for players, stakeholders and competitions

3.     Improve player welfare

4.     Improve narrative and competitiveness of International and Domestic Competitions around clear windows

5.     Define clear high-performance pathways for Emerging Nations through the delivery of an internationally more inclusive game

6.     Evolve competition structures that are underpinned with enhanced commercial offerings

7.     Restore public faith in the core values of rugby and showing strong collective leadership in the best interests of the game.

The statement added: “The Nations together with other key stakeholders remain open to shape the options that have been developed in an effort to resolve an issue that has held the game back for many years and are committed to putting rugby on a progressive path.”

Shirt 10: FlyHalf

A lot of things here to discuss so I’ll throw a few starters out there.

What is more important, flair versus game control? Your Quade Coopers, Danny Cipriani’s or your Owen Farrell’s and Dan Biggar?

Why is it that the 10 is nearly always the kicker for the team?

Who is the best flyhalf of the professional era? Carter, Wilkinson, or another?

Also can someone explain to me why everyone seems to hate Scumhalves  more than Flyhalves? Doesn’t make sense to me.

Also if anyone has any comments, thoughts or anecdotes on flyhalves then please chuck them in the mix! Although if anyone starts the ford v farrell debate you’re out the door…

Answers will be posted later tonight for all the above 😉

Rugby’s Speedsters

Picked this up from an article posted in the NZ Herald. It’s an interesting bit of trivia. The main metric used in rugby to determine a players speed is maximum velocity in metres per second which is taken from the ubiquitous GPS trackers all elite players wear.

What really piqued my interest – other than confirmation of just how quick Christian Wade is – was that rugby fares very well against Wendy ball in terms of athlete’s with outright pace. The fastest at 11.5 mps on this list (Carlin Isles, Wade isn’t far behind) is a whopping 0.95mps faster than the French flyer Kylian Mbappe widely considered to be the fastest elite Footballer.

Wade also clocked the 3rd fastest mps time in Grid Iron last year, what a loss to rugby.

The only forward on the list is rather surprisingly Fingers Ferris!

RUGBY UNION XVS

Christian Wade 11.1 m/s
Kieran Marmion 10.7 m/s
Jesse Mogg 10.6 m/s
Aaron Sexton 10.5 m/s
Jonny May 10.49 m/s
Barry Daly (Leinster) 10.44 m/s
Rieko Ioane 10.3+ m/s
Louis Rees-Zammit RZ 10.1 m/s
Joe Cokanasiga 10.0 m/s +
Rory Scholes (Connacht) 10.0 m/s
Stephen Ferris 9.98 m/s
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster) 9.97 m/s
Simon Zebo (Munster) – 9.85 m/s
Marika Koribete 9.8m/s
Tommy Bowe 9.7 m/s
Alex Dunbar 9.4 m/s

40m SPRINT TIMES
Sosene Anesi 4.53
Bryan Habana 4.58
Rodney Davies 4.59
Shane Williams 4.66
Joe Rokococo 4.66
Sbu Nkosi 4.71
Toni Pulu 4.78
Charlie Sharples 4.82
George North 4.97

100m TIMES
Sebastien Carrat 10.34
Nigel Walker 10.47
Brett Stapleton 10.51
Aaron Sexton 10.52
Ugo Monye 10.66
Doug Howlett 10.68
Tom Varndell 10.83

*Edward Osei-Nketia 10.19, but hasn’t played professionally

SEVENS
Carlin Isles 11.5 m/s
Perry Baker 10.3+ m/s
Jordan Conroy 10.3+ m/s
Alosio Naduva 10.3+ m/s
Dan Norton 4.78 40m

SEVENS 100m
Trae Williams 10.1 100m
Carlin Isles 10.15 100m
Perry Baker 10.58m 100m

We might see a 24 teams ERC next year

Found on L’Equipe:

https://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/Actualites/Coupe-d-europe-le-format-a-24-clubs-recoit-un-accueil-positif/1134589

Apparently the 24-team proposition for next year’s ERC that French teams proposed seems to be seen favorably by English and Celt teams.

From what I gathered from the format…

  • 2 pools of 12 teams: 4 French, 4 English, 4 Celt in each
  • In each pool, you get 4 groups of 3 teams (1F, 1E, 1C) playing each other twice, home and away. So each team would have 4 pool games
  • Then the 12 teams of the pool get ranked 1 to 12, with the top 4 going through
  • QF would be 1A v 4B, 2A v 3B, 3A v 2B and 4A v 1B – with two legs, ala football Champions League
  • Semis would also get two legs
  • Grand final

In total, the hypothetical winner would play 4 + 2 + 2 + 1 = 9 games, exactly like it does now. But it would have fewer pool games and more elimination rounds.

It looks like a hidden “8 pools of 3” system, but I assume the “2 of 12” is there to give a chance to teams that have to face a big opponent. This way, 3-0-1 teams could make it through despite being behind one of their opponents. It is supposed to make every game important (and honestly I won’t be sad if the best 2nd system has to go).

The 2 pools might look like (F: Top 14, E: Premiership, CA: Pro14 pool A, CB: Pro 14 pool B)

Pool A: F1, CA1, E2, E3, CB2, CB3, F4, F5, CA4, E6, E7, F8

Subpools: (F1, CA4, E6) (CA1, E7, F4) (E3, CB3, F5) (E2, CB2, F8)

Pool B: E1, CB1, F2, F3, CA2, CA3, E4, E5, CB4, F6, F7, E8

Subpools: (E1, CB4, F6) (CB1, F7, E4) (F3, CA3, E5) (F2, CA2, E8)

For the record, with the current rankings, this would look like:

Pool A: (Bordeaux-Bègles (1), Bath (6), Dragons (4A)) (Toulon (4), Harlequins (7), Leinster (1A)) (La Rochelle (5), Bristol (3), Scarlets (3B)) (Montpellier (8), Sale (2), Munster (2B))

Pool B: (Clermont (6), Exeter (1), Connacht (4B)) (Toulouse (7), Northampton (4), Edimburgh (1B)) (Racing (3), Wasps (5), Glasgow (3A)) (Lyon (2), London Irish (8), Ulster (2A))

I bolded the pools in which the “ranking of 12” would give a big name a shot to make it despite not topping its pool of 3.

The reason France proposed that format was to avoid having to solve the “who get the 6 spots” with league having stopped. For example, Toulouse is 7th, in large part due to how many players they had to give away for both the RWC and the 6N – the exact kind of team that tends to finish strong because from March onwards they have their full squad.