Social Media WrapUp: Props With Moves and Other Anomalies

The Oscar for best prop performance goes to England's Sarah Bern in the Women's Six Nations match against Wales. 

Continue to watch Bern and the Red Roses destroy the opposition in the Women's Six Nations LIVE on FloRugby!

Front row highlights never go unnoticed on the FloRugby social media wrap up, and Sarah Bern is the clip to beat in 2019. That wasn't her only streaking run in the match.

Offload Anomaly

There was an uptick in under-the-arm offload tries this weekend. 

Here's one gathered by Paul Lasike and offloaded to Mike Te'o. Style points because it came right off the restart and because this was Te'o first cap since returning from injury and Lasike found him for a highlight try.

The Eagles have the chance to rack up some more highlight plays against Uruguay on Saturday, March 9th LIVE on FloRugby!

Lucky Lauti

The next offload is cool, but Tonata Lauti should have passed it earlier. Style points for the finish, but points retracted for the tunnel vision. 

Somersault offload for a try? Yea, all previous style points given out have been recollected and will go to this Mataele's offload. Manasa Mataele just put his hand up as a try of the year nominee. Mataele was heading into touch, so he had nothing to lose. Low-risk to high return rate perfectly executed somersault offload. 10/10.

Cheetahs Cheeky Chip

Watch this play more than once. The Cheetahs capitalize on one random offload, a back-heel chip, and two perfect bounces.

Seriously, who thinks to use the back-heel here? What flair from the Cheetahs in the Pro14. 

Now that all the highlights are out of the way, let's poke fun at England.

Rugby Rules 101: What Does "Ruck" Mean?

For new players to the game of rugby, the concept of a "ruck" can be a tricky one to apprehend, as there is no other sport that involves rucking. However, once you've got a clearer picture of a ruck, also known as a "breakdown", it's a relatively easy thing to understand. 

Premiership Rugby Eyes Mid-August Return

Following the league shutdown due to coronavirus in March, the Gallagher Premiership looks set for a return to action on August 15th. One week ago, UK government officials announced that elite-level sports would be able to resume on June 1st behind closed doors. 

The 5 Best Women's Rugby Shorts

Having a comfortable pair of rugby shorts can greatly impact one’s performance during training and games. When choosing shorts, you want to take into consideration the fit and the durability, especially if you’re going to be in the scrum. The last thing you would want is for your shorts to rip during a scrum because the fabric was not durable enough. In addition to the durability, you want to make sure the shorts are breathable and comfortable for tackling, running, and potentially kicking. If you’re in the market for a new pair of shorts, here are five different types of shorts that you can check out:

Rugby vs Soccer: Former SEC Soccer Player Compares The Two

One of the great things about rugby is that it's a multi-skilled sport which lends itself well to crossover athletes. Particularly in a sports-mad country like the United States, we see tons of players seamlessly make the transition from other sports to rugby. 

How To Throw A Great Rugby Pass

Throwing a great pass can carve up a defense unlike any other facet of the game in rugby. A well-timed, well-placed ball puts a defense under enormous pressure and causes fractures in the defensive line. As long as the ball is placed accurately, on time, and in a position that the receiver can catch the ball on the move without breaking stride, it doesn't matter what it looks like. Heck, if we're looking at football, think of Peyton Manning's passes. One of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game rarely threw a spiral, but he did tick the boxes of accurate, on time, and in stride. 

Some Useful Rugby Passing Drills

Here is a quick, easy passing progression that will help you and your team sharpen your distribution skills and carve opponents up on the weekends. Even the best defenses in the world cannot defend near-perfect passing, so having the ability to run-catch-pass is one of the most lethal weapons in the book. 

We Stand With You

The events of the last week have been tremendously painful to us all.

Rugby Drills That Keep Your Social Distance

As of June 1st, many rugby teams have been granted the option of getting together to conduct practice. However, the practices must adhere to the six feet social distancing rules and players are not allowed to use any equipment. Therefore, options for a practice plan are going to be extremely limited, but that doesn't mean you can't still get some good out of having the team together. 

Bring Em Down: How To Tackle Big Guys In Rugby

For many of rugby players out there, especially us smaller ones, we're all too familiar with the sight of a large, rampaging big man or woman lined up across from us about to get the ball. Our fight or flight instincts kick in, and in that moment of instinctual reaction we dictate the likelihood that the tackle does or does not get made. 

Step By Step Guide: How To Break Tackles In Rugby

One of the best ways to completely unhinge a defense is to beat your defender one on one with a step or a tackle bust. While not all of us can step like Cheslin Kolbe, we do all have the ability to break a tackle and get our team on the front foot. No matter your size, speed, or strength, you can always bust out of a tackle with some clever use of footwork and a trust in your balance.