Think Asian rugby, and sidesteps do not come immediately to mind - but they should! Find out why.
Before you have rugby sidesteps you have to have rugby - not strictly true, but near enough!
There is no long tradition of rugby in Asia but Asian rugby is really taking off, spreading from the established Asian countries.
A wonderful opportunity to firmly embrace evasive skills like the sidestep and build a powerful attacking rugby culture.
The recent creation of the Asian 5 Nations Championship indicates the growing interest and encourages further commitment from emerging rugby nations.
Twenty five teams take part in the new competition. Besides the top 5 team competition there are two lower divisions and regional games.
The make up of the various divisions will change because there will be promotion and relegation, encouraging strong competition.
Japan are the first champions, winning comfortably in May 2008.
First the rugby, then improve skills and competitiveness.
Players....clubs...states within countries....countries...
Divide them into two groups....
The older, more established know they are doing something right or they wouldn`t be where they are today - so, perhaps the thinking tends to be "if it ain`t broke, don`t fix it!"The newer, up and coming know they need something special, an edge, to make significant headway - but what - "we`ll try anything!"
Looking for something special - it`s the sidestep!
As an individual, learn to sidestep and you will shine!
As a club or country, create a nucleus of players who can sidestep and you have the potential to rocket up the rankings over time.
It's all about being able to read the game and react in the moment.
Some of the best. Japan is one of the established countries. Good enough to dominate other countries in the region - but in turn dominated by established rugby countries on the world stage.
However Japan, coached by former All Black evasive speedster John Kirwan, recently defeated Tonga - a good result for Japan.
Kirwan is reported to have highlighted the courage of the team in defense and that they were prepared to take risks with the ball in hand. Kirwan considers this, combined with the speed of play, to be a distinctly Japanese style of play - maybe some sidesteps are on the way!
A relative new comer to rugby. Wikipedia gives details of the patchy history of rugby in Brunei. Although rugby has been played there for some time, competition has not been strong.
Only in recent years has the Brunei Rugby Football Union been officially registered. Efforts to improve the standard of rugby are said to be concentrated at the U-19 level.
In a relatively small rugby playing community, you have the opportunity to shine - improve your individual skill levels - get a sidestep.
See how things are going in one of the newest rugby countries -visit Brunei Rugby Online
I mention Malaysia here and now because there is a definite interest in sidesteps - players after my own hearrt!
Many players in Asian rugby would be unaware of the sidestep but that`s not the case in Malaysia. Although not the strongest of rugby countries, the long history of rugby in Malaysia (over a century) ensures a wide knowledge of all things rugby.
Rugby people aware of the power of the sidestep must use that knowledge. Work individually and collectively to improve results. There is a collective interest in sidesteps - turn it into a feature of play.To find out more - visit Malaysia Rugby Union