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Ben Smith A former financial analyst & auditor in retail banking, Ben is a columnist at RugbyPass specialising in opinion-based analysis, breaking down rugby as he sees it, to uncover what professional teams are trying to do around the world.

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Getting the most out of Rieko Ioane as a strike weapon at centre

At 24 years-old, there is so much untapped potential left and if they get things right, he can dominate the international rugby st…

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The glaring issues with the All Blacks' static attack

The All Blacks have some glaring issues on attack which need fixing.

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Wales' strategy that proved fatal against the All Blacks

Wales finished with a dominant tackle percentage of just two percent in the game, as well as 28 missed attempts as their defence s…

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How Quade Cooper adapted to the Wallabies' weekly opposition

The 33-year-old playmaker has played his role perfectly to provide stability, control and sound decision-making to Australia's att…

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The All Blacks' same option-based attack plans didn't work that well

In tight test matches where counter-attacking opportunities dry up, the All Blacks will need to have a clinical set-piece attackin…

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When you need him the most, Ardie Savea will be there

Even in losing sides, Ardie Savea always remains one of the best players on the park.

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The unsung hero spearheading the Wallabies' defence

Analysis: The Wallabies have uncovered an exceptional prospect in the midfield.

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Wallabies left more points on the park than Springboks

Analysis: The Springboks missed key points off the tee but the Wallabies also missed chances in their match.

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Noah Lolesio making huge strides for the Wallabies

Analysis: 21-year-old flyhalf Noah Lolesio is developing into a fine talent for the Wallabies.

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The intangible difference between the All Blacks and Wallabies

Analysis: The major difference between the All Blacks and Wallabies isn't skill - it's commitment.

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A deeper look at the Springboks shows red flags

The Series winners showed resolve to narrowly best the Lions but improvements will be needed for The Rugby Championship

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The Lions' Biggar gambit paved the way

The Lions fly-half was instrumental in orchestrating the second-half comeback to defeat the Springboks

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Building the All Blacks around Richie Mo'unga's Crusaders

Analysis: The All Blacks are building their attack around the in-form Richie Mo'unga.

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David Havili gives the All Blacks a new edge at 12

Analysis: The All Blacks relied on the full bag of tricks of their new second five in their win over Fiji.

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The Lions reprise the 10-12 axis

Two games in, Warren Gatland and his coaches are already showing varied gameplans to keep the Springboks guessing

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What we learnt from the Lions v Japan

Two key injuries aside, it was a useful hit out for Warren Gatland's tourists but stiffer tests await

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Breaking the Springboks defensive line

The defensive system adopted by South Africa in Japan was impregnable, so how do the Lions unlock it?

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Evolution of Hogg

Scotland full-back is ready to step up from nearly-man to key figure for the Lions

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Master of his craft

Over the last 24 months, French scrum-half Antoine Dupont has become, arguably, the world's best player

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Push the pass

The All Blacks' offloading game has faded dramatically since Wayne Smith left the coaching fold.

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Attacking the underbelly

Modern defences have forced an attacking re-think and the Hurricanes have a new trick up their sleeve.

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Striving for perfection

England's attack has been a work-in-progress since the heroics of 2019, so can they re-find their mojo?

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Missing ingredient

Scotland have the players to cause plenty of damage but their rigid game plan is hampering their attack.

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Redpath to success

Scotland's seemingly hopeless search for a permanent midfield fixture may finally be over.

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Ferocious Pumas

Right from the third minute of Argentina's win over New Zealand, the Pumas' intent was clear.

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Hard truths

The All Blacks’ dominance is slipping away and the NZ youth may not be ready for the challenge ahead.

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Defensive horror show

After two relatively safe showings, the Wallabies' defence fell apart in Sydney. What went wrong?

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Power transition

The All Blacks changed tack and used their ball carriers to overwhelm the Wallabies in Bledisloe II.

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Same old All Blacks

Despite a new head coach, not much has changed for the All Blacks, tactically speaking.

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The Springboks pattern

Will the Springboks change up their tactics from the World Cup when the Lions come to SA?

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Aerial battle

Why Gatland’s tactics for South Africa are ready-made for a Lions series win

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