Judo ace grapples with rugby flaws.
Olympic medallist Neil Adams has revealed just what judo can do for the Welsh rugby team. Wales coach Gareth Jenkins has turned to Adams after seeing the way the martial art has been used to such good effect by New Zealand.
Jenkins believes judo can help his players become more effective in the crucial contact area which was their undoing during Saturday's 45-10 defeat to the All Blacks.
Adams has been working with the national rugby squad on various grappling techniques over the last month and that link-up is set to continue.
Jenkins would also like to see our four regional sides adopting regular judo sessions as part of their training regime.
Adams, who won silver at both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and was crowned world champion in 1981, believes it's an excellent move.
'There is a lot of empathy between judo and rugby,' he said. 'They are very, very similar in their requirements. It's all about physical contact and some of the close quarter stuff we do is essential for rugby players.
'So we've had the Wales boys in, they had a good time and found it pretty demanding.
'We've done close contact work both standing and on the ground and tried as best we can to relate it to the rugby needs.'
Adams believes judo techniques can be particularly effective when it comes to manoeuvring bigger opponents out of the way - something that's vital at the breakdown.
'A lot of it is to do with balance,' he said. 'When we throw somebody in our sport, balance is of paramount importance as is the use of momentum.
'My main job has been to relate that to some of the moves the forwards and backs needed.
'The good thing about it is we can throw somebody who is heavier and bigger. Weight does make a difference obviously. But a lot of it comes down to skill and technique.
'If you've got a skills differential it's possible to manoeuvre and throw somebody who is heavier and bigger.'
Jenkins will be meeting up with the four regional coaches next week to discuss the way forward for Welsh rugby following the autumn campaign and judo will be one of the topics on the agenda.
'New Zealand have been promoting judo as a big part of their conditioning environment for the last two or three years,' said Jenkins. 'And when you look at the detail of their game, you see it in every aspect of the contact area.
'They put a lot of resource and a lot of technicality into it and they get the rewards for it, because at the present time they stand apart from the rest of the teams in the world at that area.'