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Andy Clarke A data journalist, programmer and self-proclaimed sports nerd, Andy Clarke’s mission is to find rugby stories in data and bring them to life. A ruthless No.7 and club captain during his school-boy days in Northampton and Scotland, Andy is an equally tenacious interrogator of sports statistics. His data investigations drive at the numbers behind the game, uncovering insights and confirming suspicions.

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Can northern lights keep southern rivals in the shade?

The Autumn Series suggests the balance of power has shifted but only the 2023 World Cup will provide conclusive evidence...

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Who stats out from the crowd?

The XV examines who might be challenging for top tackler, try scorer and turnover king in the Premiership

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The Lions selection game

Selection is increasingly down to statistics but it is also down to gut feeling and Warren Gatland will hope he's got it right

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Tracking the history of the Lions

The toughest tour in sport gives players the chance to be remembered as greats of the game

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Stats and Snapshots: Episode five

How much can Warren Gatland rely on statistics to help him choose his 36-man Lions squad for South Africa?

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Stats and snapshots: Episode 4

England have found an attacking edge but defence could win Wales the Grand Slam

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Stats and snapshots: episode three

With a Triple Crown, Wales have taken the Six Nations by storm. Rob Vickerman explains how they've done it.

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Stats and snapshots: episode two

Your attack gets you noticed but your defence gets you picked

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Stats and snapshots: episode one

How did Scotland's matador, Finn Russell, toy with the English defence? What must Eddie Jones do next? Rob Vickerman reveals all.

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Sizing up

Bigger is better for Test coaches, but it isn't for player welfare

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The boot-iful game

A reliable and accurate place-kicker can make all the difference at Test level

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Money worries

Covid-19 has hit all Premiership clubs in the pocket but some are worse off than others

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White line fever

Scotland are rock solid defensively but need to more clinical in converting pressure into points

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Battle of the backrows

Upcoming back-row stars are challenging England's established order

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Plugging the gaps

Wales' transition from old defence coach to new has been far from smooth.

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Rugby's most destructive runners

The XV investigates the game’s most influential ball carriers in the last 12 months

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