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In July of 2018, Ruck Science acquired prorugbyclub.com. With it came some of the world’s best rugby-focused content, produced by former Bay of Plenty star Nick McCashin.

When to retire from rugby?
Nick McCashin

Absolutely Broken – When to retire from Rugby?

When is it time for me to retire from rugby? Is it after the second broken cheek or the fifth? Or was I supposed to retire after the ACL reconstruction? It was hard for me to know and probably hard for you too!

Nick McCashin

Goal Kicking Mindset – from Good to Great

Rugby goal kickers are often the first to be picked in the team. Securing vital points for your team is crucial at any level. It can be the difference between winning and losing. Goal kicking mindset is vital for top

Nick McCashin

The case for ‘bulking up’ for rugby

Discover the simple steps to build muscle for the upcoming rugby season. This article covers the case for bulking up, what foods to eat, programs to follow and supplements to swear by if you want to get bigger for rugby.

Nick McCashin

Mike Delany Talks Lions Tour

Mike Delany is a world class rugby fly-half who can also play fullback. Most of his friends call him Mullys. Mullys is a one-test All Black, played Super Rugby and national provincial level in New Zealand.  Mike has also played

Nick McCashin

Developing Speed with Conrad Smith

Conrad Smith is currently playing Rugby in the French premier competition (Top 14) for Pau (Section Paloise). Conrad recently retired from New Zealand rugby but he was a key leader and member of the All Blacks tallying an impressive 94 caps. He

concussion prevention
Nick McCashin

Knocked Out: Concussion & Prevention

Head knocks are common on the rugby field. And becoming more common by extension are concussion. We used to ignore them. We used to say “harden up”. But that’s all changed. Concussions are a major talking point in the rugby community and with good reason.

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Training with Scotland’s 6Nations Squad

Scotland Rugby Training & What I Learned. Recently I was invited to Scotland’s Rugby training. (Thanks, Bryan Easson). I went along to two training sessions. One before the Ireland game and one before the France game. A number of the

rugby acl injury
Nick McCashin

Returning to rugby: from a torn ACL

“There is no one to blame for my ACL injury but myself.” Nick McCashin explains what its like to get back on the rugby field after a torn ACL. The blog includes a complete breakdown of what it takes to recover from a torn ACL on the rugby field.

rugby lock performance
Nick McCashin

Optimal Performance as a Rugby Lock

Are you playing in the trenches this year? Locks do a helluva lot of work around the rugby field, and yet seldom get the credit they deserve. This interview by Nick McCashin looks at the Lock position in rugby – with NZ provincial star Keepa Mewett.

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Rugby Tour – Sangria & Broken Legs

My first ever senior men’s rugby tour was an amazing experience for a number of reasons. The Story goes… I was a young naïve 18 year-old sitting in the Lord Burleigh pub. Eight pints down in a heavy session with

rugby goal kicking
Nick McCashin

Effortless rugby goal kicking

This guest post by former Bay of Plenty flyhalf Nick McCashin lays out useful rugby goal kicking drills. Want to be a rugby goal kicker? Follow Nick’s instructions on technique and training and then GET TO WORK kicking goals!

rugby ice baths
Nick McCashin

Recovery, Ice baths and the ‘ICE MAN’

Ice baths have become more and more popular in the professional rugby environment. It can be cost effective and easy to set up if you have a bag of ice, water, and a large barrel or bath. Some research suggests contrast baths are the next evolution…

Brutal Honesty about why we play rugby
Nick McCashin

Brutal Honesty & Why We Play Rugby

Have you ever sat in the stand and watched a game of professional rugby and felt like you were in the wrong place? I have. Here’s what made me honestly think about why I play rugby.

building mass for rugby
Nick McCashin

Does building mass matter for rugby players?

Have you ever been told by coaches that you are too small or you need to be bigger? Or perhaps you wished you were bigger? When I was a smaller rugby player, I could only imagine how much I would

Who would make your Lions team?
Nick McCashin

Who would make your Lions team?

Who will Warren Gatland pick for his Lions squad is anyone’s guess. He is in a fortunate position as many players have been putting their hand up throughout the Autumn Internationals. Who will make the cut? I weigh in with my two cents…

rise in addication
Nick McCashin

The Rise In Addiction

There has been a spike in addictive behavior from women during the Christmas period. The significant increase in compulsive shoppers is similar to that of an addicted gambler working the slot machine. Today, we take a closer look at the problem…

why all blacks so good
Nick McCashin

Why are the All Blacks so good?

Living as a Kiwi in the UK. It is amazing how many people ask me…. Nick, why are the All Blacks so good? It’s like they are asking me because I have a secret to tell them or know something they don’t know. Why are the All Blacks so good?

young guns fire against Lions
Nick McCashin

Young guns ready to fire against Lions

Excitement is building quickly for the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 with many Kiwis applying for tickets in the ballot and UK-based fans planning their trips down under.

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Paul Williams – smashing people since ’03

Paul Williams is a Samoan International and son of All Black legend Bryan Williams. Standing at 6 foot 2 and 105kg Paul is a very intimidating player to tackle for the average man.

professional rugby band of brothers
Nick McCashin

Professional Rugby and Band of Brothers

Based on preparation, experience, and instinct Captain Winters led his men in a very successful operation. I have always believed that when you are playing rugby, you want to be making correct decisions.

Being dropped and three broken cheeks
Nick McCashin

Being dropped and three broken cheeks

Have you ever been dropped from your team, overlooked in favor of someone else or not picked because the coach doesn’t like you? I have. Here’s the story of when I was dropped, three broken cheek bones, and what I learned from it all.

simon fathers rugby trainer
Nick McCashin

Performance specialist Simon Fathers talks rugby

The cornerstone of how I approach every training goal is to keep my clientele motivated and energetic. An individual may have ample amounts of skill, but their body will not work to its highest potential if their mind is not in absolute conjunction.” – Simon Fathers, Performance Specialist

ultimate rugby protein shake
Nick McCashin

What is the ultimate rugby protein shake?

When you are short of time and have a limited supply of food or ingredients a pint of milk is your best bet after a workout. But if you have a decked-out kitchen, try this rugby-focused protein shake by Nick McCashin.

Matt Morrell rugby career
Nick McCashin

Lessons from almost-pro rugby player Matt Morrell

Matt has recently retired from Rugby, but today he is a successful entrepreneur with his own security company Safe Simple and Secure, his security app and has many other successful investments and projects in the works. He was also an excellent center and an exceptional winger.

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