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Mental Preparation (Belief, Focus, Clarity of Thought) important for Scotland to record historic first victory over New Zealand All Blacks

Mental Preparation I played New Zealand many times. I lost to New Zealand many times. I came close to beating New Zealand several times. But I didn’t. Looking back we lost those close games in the mind. There were games when I don’t believe that every member of our squad genuinely thought we would win. […]

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All teams have a culture. What’s yours?

Culture Wordle High performance team sport elite performance

I was still at school when I first represented Strathendrick men’s team. At no point was I made to do any awkward initiation. A few years later, joining Watsonians, the initiation was to join the senior members of the team at the back of the bus for some cheese and wine. Granted it was a […]

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With no referee, there is no game of rugby

Guinness Pro14 Rugby, Referee, Edinburgh Rugby, Scottish Rugby

Let’s talk referees. Seems to be a vogue topic. Well it certainly is for Richard Cockerill. And it always is for my fellow Radio Scotland analyst Peter Wright. The last four weeks there have been so many inaccurate decisions or non-decisions that it’s actually becoming a joke.” The view of Cockerill after Edinburgh’s 16 – […]

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Better Never Stops

Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie in action before Guinness Pro14 rugby match

Photo courtesy of Craig Watson Photography Room for Improvement “We’re always going to strive to be better…” “We can be a hell of a lot better…” “From a coaching point of view I know we can do a lot better…” Three different quotes after the three matches in the Guinness Pro14 from Glasgow Warriors Head […]

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3 Similarities from victories for Edinburgh Rugby & Glasgow Warriors, Guinness Pro 14 Round 1.

Guinness Pro 14 rugby. Glasgow Warriors. Edinburgh Rugby.

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh racked up away wins in Round One of the new Guinness Pro 14 rugby season. That wasn’t the only thing they had in common. Defence wins the day. Both victories were based on a robust defensive effort. Firstly let’s look at Edinburgh. Improved defence is no surprise for me. It’s an […]

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