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Rugby Union Six Nations' Tournament 2011: Winning Performances

This year's Rugby Union Six Nations' Tournament started on 5 February 2011 and was completed on 19 March 2011. The official website for the tournament is provided by RBS. The site provides detailed match data and video highlights. The International Rugby Board (IRB) rankings (31 January 2011) of the teams (England, Ireland, France, Scotland, Wales, Italy) in the Tournament  were: Fifteen games were played in the 2011 Tournament. Home Advantage There were nine home wins and six away wins. Performance Against IRB Ranking The higher IRB ranked team won ten games and lost five games. Exceptions Scotland (7) lost to Wales (9) Ireland (5) lost to France (6) France...

Working with Coaches and Performers

Background I have been revisiting some of my work from the 1990s of late. In this post I share a paper written in my early years as Director of the Centre for Notational Analysis at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education. In 1993 I was exploring some of the issues around a notational analysis service to sport and presented a paper at a British Association of Sports Sciences' conference. The title of the paper was Working with Coaches and Performers: Notational Analysis as Liberational Praxis? My background in social sciences had encouraged me to think about the links...

Home Ground, Home Advantage

I have been thinking about home a great deal lately.  In May I wrote about my hometown memories and the experience opened me up to other narratives about home. Three items (see Talking About Home below) have attracted my attention recently just at a time when I am talking with coaches about planning their competition programs. These coaches are involved in 'home' and 'away' fixtures and we have been discussing what home advantage might mean in performance terms. Sport There is a fascinating research literature about home advantage. In the last decade there has been discussion of: Association Football (2010, 2009,...

Performance at Sea Level and at Altitude at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in...

I monitored the performance of teams at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I was interested in goal scoring performance at sea level and altitude and summarised the data in Goals Scored at 2010 FIFA World Cup Venues. Watching the 2010 Football World Cup took me back to the 1995 Rugby World Cup (RWC) in South Africa. I was a member of the Welsh Rugby Union's management team at the 1995 RWC and was there as a performance analyst. It was the last tournament at world level before the professional rugby union era. Invictus dramatises some of the...