What the Rugby World Cup can tell us about growing your practice

By Evan O'Shea (4 min read)

What lessons can be learnt from this year’s Rugby World Cup and how could they be translated into actions for your practice?

The Rugby World Cup has been an amazing spectacle with stunning skill, incredible resilience and a lot of heartbreak for the Northern Hemisphere teams. This got me thinking, what lessons can be learnt from this year’s Rugby World Cup and how could they be translated into actions for your practice?

Always look to evolve the way you work:

Argentina have been a real surprise package at this year’s world cup. They were traditionally known as a team that were extremely physical and would beat the opposition into submission. They came into this World Cup with a different game plan and looked to move the ball wide at every occasion with a really expansive game. This has taken the top teams by surprise and thanks to changing the way they operated Argentina reached the semi-finals and became one of the leading try scorer teams of the tournament.

Be a leader:

Australia have always been a force in world rugby however coming into this World Cup they looked like a team in disarray. They lost every test against the British and Irish Lions in 2013 and brought in a new head coach who only lasted 18 months. The team became more renown for off the field antics rather that it’s rugby.

Then Michael Cheika took the helm last year and with the same group of players has turned the ship around. His strong leadership is revered by his players and there have been numerous pictures of him getting stuck into the drills when they are player short. He has increased Australia’s win ratio by 50% and they are playing a style of rugby that has guided them to the World Cup final.

Back yourself:

Throughout the World Cup we have seen a number of decisions that looked like outright madness. The most memorable was when the Japanese team toppled the two time World Cup winners South Africa. Japan had not won a Rugby World Cup match since 1991 but in the dying minutes of their opening game they chose to go for the win instead of a draw. We all wanted to know what was going through their minds at that time however what didn’t translate through the airwaves was the inner belief and conviction the Japanese players had in what they could achieve. It is always easy to revert back to what you know but the greatest can only be achieved by moving outside your comfort zone.

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