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In Joe We Trust

In the modern age of rugby, there is much to be said for constructing a game plan for your opposition. Much has been made of the benefits of video analysis, and it is a well-known fact that every team in the professional age now spends much of their time completing and digesting analysis of both themselves and their opponents. This is something for which Joe Schmidt has become renowned for. For numerous years it was believed that there were a multitude of variables, far too great to counteract, in the world of rugby. I am ashamed to admit that up until a few weeks ago, I would have been one of those naysayers. Continue reading