Tag: Al Dickinson

Analysis: Barclay’s Breakdown Influence

Jamie Lyall takes a look at the impact John Barclay had in defence and at the breakdown when he was brought on against Japan in last week’s win, and gives his thoughts on how crucial his role is to any success in Sunday’s Springbok showdown.

RWC Build-Up: Al For One, One For All

With rugby, as with all competitive sport, you see players have to deal with setbacks. Sometimes these setbacks can define a player’s career. Sometimes, just sometimes though, a player can define his career by using those setbacks as opportunities.

The key is setting goals and being realistic about what you can, and importantly, need to achieve.

So when Dundonian Alasdair Dickinson told me “The shoulder’s OK so far!” I couldn’t help but feel a little relief for him.