8 06, 2016

[NJ.com True Jersey] Why is Rutgers Football Coach Chris Ash at a rugby tournament in Philadelphia this weekend?

Ever since he changed his ways of teaching tackling techniques in 2014 by following the lead of Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and introducing to his Ohio State charges a shoulder-leverage tackling method that is similar to the style used by helmet-less players in rugby, Chris Ash has been willing to tell anyone willing to listen why [...]

19 05, 2016

[The Rugby Republic] On The Road To Rio: Trekking With Nathalie Marchino

In our initial feature on Nathalie Marchino (Running To A Rio Rugby Dream: Part V), we spoke how Marchino had previously played with both the USA Eagles for 7s and 15s including World Cups for each (7s and 15s). We also discussed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has a different and stricter set of [...]

17 05, 2016

[K-State Sports] Atavus Football Holds Tackling Clinic at K-State

Building on its work with other top Division I football programs, Atavus Football introduced high school coaches from across Kansas to its Rugby-inspired, shoulder-led tackling system developed to provide a competitive edge in today’s quickly evolving game and new sets of rules. During the weekend of Friday, May 6, Atavus coaches met with the K-State [...]

22 04, 2016

[Vice Sports] After a 92-year hiatus, rugby returns to the Olympics

If there's one thing you should know about Fiji heading into the Rio Olympics—well, besides the country's beautiful beaches, bottled water, and propensity for military coups—it's that the South Pacific archipelago of roughly 800,000 people is ridiculously good at seven-a-side rugby. Just how good? Coming into the USA Sevens rugby tournament held in Las Vegas [...]

20 04, 2016

[USA Today] To tackle or not to tackle: College football’s question

Stanford’s virtual-reality technology, obtained via the football program’s partnership with STRIVR Labs in Palo Alto, Calif., allows its quarterbacks to prepare for any defensive alignment without stepping foot on the field, essentially substituting crucial mental repetitions for the wear and tear of practice. Every little advantage helps, even if most of the Cardinal’s practices this spring [...]

20 04, 2016

[USA Today] The philosophy that transformed Washington’s defense

SEATTLE — In the middle of a football practice at the University of Washington last spring, two assistant coaches suddenly charged each other, collided and ended up rolling around on the ground. This was not a fight, nor was it even roughhousing. It actually happened in the name of safety. When co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake sunk his shoulder [...]

29 03, 2016

[Billings Gazette] Bobcats Learning Fundamentals of Safe, Efficient Tackling

BOZEMAN — As an assistant coach at Washington, Jeff Choate spent time on the front lines of teaching and implementing safety-first tackling. Now Choate is applying those practices as Montana State’s first-year head coach. During ongoing spring drills, the Bobcats spend portions of practice conducting helmetless, rugby-inspired tackling. Players are taught to use shoulder leverage [...]

25 01, 2016

[The Washington Post] Counter-Intuitive Idea That Could Drastically Reduce Football’s Concussions

By Terrence McCoy / The Washington Post Football Concussions - The hit didn’t look that bad. The coach had seen his star defensive player withstand far worse. But still, there Chris Beranger was, laying on the turf after colliding with a teammate near the goal line. “Discombobulated,” is the description that Sean McDonnell, coach of the University [...]

4 01, 2016

[ESPN] Front Rowe: Football Teams Turning To Rugby-Style Tackling

Holly Rowe of espnW talks with Ohio State and Ole Miss players about a new tackling technique that is more effective and safe. Head injuries and concussions have become a major concern in football in recent years, and now teams -- both NFL and college -- are introducing a new method of tackling with the [...]

30 10, 2015

[Vice Sports] What American Football Can Learn from the Rugby World Cup

Once upon a time, American football and rugby were pretty much one and the same. Then came Walter Camp and the 1880 college football rules convention that replaced scrums with an uncontested line of scrimmage, and a subsequent century of increasing delineation and mutual indifference: hard plastic helmets and the domestic dominance of Monday Night [...]