"Fake running back" - Bizarre Italy tactic has gone viral, it's hilarious - Ruck

“Fake running back” – Bizarre Italy tactic has gone viral, it’s hilarious

Italy, known for their innovative tactics since the infamous ruck-gate incident against England, has captured the internet’s attention today with a cleverly humorous manoeuvre.

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In the latest match, a player broke away from the back of a maul, feigning a charge with the ball when, in reality, the ball remained safely tucked within the maul.

One fan said: “It was brilliant – a pity they kept the ball in the maul instead of breaking blindside.”

A second commented: “It’s genius, and worth nothing NFL teams like the Eagles have taken to copying certain goal-line rugby tactics in 4 and inches situations. They may be very distantly related codes, but they are related, and there are ‘learnings’. Plus it’s really funny.”

Another wrote: “This fake running back move is just funny.”

“3/10” – 5 players who flopped in the third round of the 2024 Six Nations

We examine five players who struggled to deliver during the third round of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations, while England, Ireland, and France secured wins.

#1. Josh Adams (Wales)

Rugby Pass 3/10: “Scrambled on defence and offered a release with a big right boot. His leading role in the blitz defence meant he missed as many tackles as he made. Replaced by Mason Grady on 57 minutes.”

Rugby Dump 4/10: “Not the force he once way, Adams looks out of sorts at the moment and will be under pressure from the likes of Mason Grady who was superb when he came on.”

Planet Rugby 4/10: “Relatively quiet and spent most of the game defending but missed more tackles than he made. Would have liked to impose himself on the game more.”

Wales Online 5/10: “Didn’t get many opportunities to show his class with ball in hand but there were a few aimless kicks, and he missed a tackle on Ireland hooker Dan Sheehan in the first-half. Worked hard during the second-half but it wasn’t his day.”

Telegraph 5/10: “Tough day, copping an early blow tackling Aki before being steamrolled by Sheehan. Was later crunched too by a big Van der Flier tackle.”

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