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 [...]

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 [...]

27 10, 2015

[GOFF] Special Approach Needed to Coach at Top Level

There’s been a lot of talk in rugby and football circles about the influence of one sport over the other in terms of tackling and converting crossover athletes, and ATAVUS Coach Emilie Bydwell said there are certainly approaches that work best for rugby coaches. The Rugby World Cup has brought up, yet again, the concept [...]

13 10, 2015

[Post Gazette] On the cusp of the World Cup, is rugby poised for a breakout in the U.S.?

By Robert Zullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On a sweltering night last week, Alicia Trump leaned over the railing of her porch on North Franklin Street and looked out over the field that runs behind Manchester school. A cloud of dust rose from the bone-dry dirt as the Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club’s men’s team slugged its [...]

5 10, 2015

[The Seattle Times] UW football works with Atavus on data-driven tackling methods

Seattle was already an epicenter for rugby-inspired tackling methods. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll champions the cause with his “Hawk Tackle” video, and Washington coaches, after experimenting with some rugby drills in the past, adopted them wholly last year, too. For Rex Norris, the art of tackling goes beyond the act of burying a ball carrier [...]