The Eddie Jones Effect

A butterfly flaps its wings in Japan and the ripples are felt around the world. The ripples from Japan’s victory over South Africa in the...

The Georgia Problem – Hold an International European Championship?

There have been questions aplenty over the last year about how to give Georgia more exposure to Tier 1 rugby. The main suggestions seem...

French Rugby vs Top 14. Startling numbers to support current state

So I’ve had some time on my hands and thought I’d explore the title of this article a little further. Admittedly the only source...

Who is behind Finn Russell?

Currently, an injury to Finn Russell has to be Scotland's biggest concern as there is an obvious drop off in talent in anyone behind...

Ode to a referee

When I made that decision, to become a Referee, I thought that my life would be filled with glee, But, alas, after that whistle I did...

The 2017 Dubai 7s Experience

I am lucky enough to live in the UAE, where every year the Emirates World Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai. The tournament is...

A scary tackle safety study, and what is Activate?

We all know you are asking for trouble by putting your head in the wrong place when making a tackle. But are you aware just...

Rugby IQ Series: Part 2 (Exeter vs Harlequins 19/11/2017)

Part 2 of the Rugby IQ series will look at 4 tries from the Exeter vs Harlequins game on 19th November 2017. The game can...

Tactics: Variations of the pod

What is a pod? A pod is a group of players who will attack the same space together. When it is used correctly, defenders don't...

Keeping our players down south

While watching some Top 14 and Aviva Premiership matches this past weekend I noticed there always seems to be players from outside of Europe...

Tier 2 November Report Cards

Most of us know how the top sides did this November. But how did the Tier 2 sides get on? Fiji (L 20-23 v Ireland,...

Springboks versus South African Rugby: Part Five

Quotas are not right, and in this case, it reeks of correcting an old wrong with another wrong, in the hope that two negatives...

Why French rugby is in disarray (Part 2)

Yes, French rugby is suffering from a variety of problems that are not reducible to the two I am going to discuss here. But I...

A Gloucester Revival?

Formed in 1873, Gloucester is one of the most prestigious rugby clubs in the world. They have finished top of the English Premiership table three...

Springboks versus South African Rugby: Part Four

An Open Letter to Springbok fans Living in SA and reading so many comments after every loss or draw can really warp one’s view of...

Using Super Rugby home advantages to reflect the state of franchises

Warren Gatland, in his latest book In the Line of Fire, talks about Forsyth Barr Stadium. He says, “It’s the hardest pitch in New Zealand...

Springboks versus South African Rugby: Part Three

Deep down, the further you go into SA Rugby is like uncoiling a knot, and just finding more knots, or peeling an onion –...

Why French rugby is in disarray (Part 1)

Not so long ago, playing France was a real challenge for every team on the planet. Even the All Blacks would be nervous before...

Springboks versus South African Rugby: Part Two

In 1995, the Springbok team was maybe the 4th best team at the Rugby World Cup, with no major stars to boast of. In...

Women’s Rugby Since World Cup 2017

What has been going on in Women's rugby since the World Cup? Let's take a look: Tyrrells Premier 15s The Tyrrells Premier 15s is the new...

Springboks versus South African Rugby: Part One

South African rugby, much like the nation in many ways, has always been at war with itself, masked by a rugged veil and almost...

The Sevens Returns: Rugby Sevens Preview

The highly anticipated return of the HSBC Sevens World Series is upon us as the 2017/18 season kicks-off in Dubai this weekend. The 16 team...

5 Rugby Clichés (and what they actually mean)

When someone new to rugby watches a game on TV or goes training at their local club, they will hear a whole new set...

Springbok inconsistency, is it a new problem?

It is no secret that the Springboks have struggled to find form recently, conceding one record loss after another just when they looked to...

The good, the bad, and the ugly of USA vs Georgia

The Good While I can be biased to the pack on almost every occasion this is one of the few times I feel it is...

Professional Rugby – A House of Cards – Part Two

In my previous article, I wrote about how a small number of loss-making French and English clubs are causing a wages arms race. This...

Rugby IQ Series: Part 1 (England v Australia 18/11/2017)

Rugby IQ Part 1 is the first in a series of analysis articles. The intention is to analyse a few scenarios from a game. So...

How to predict a World Cup

We keep hearing that the 2017 November tests are mainly for building depth of national squads and that the results are irrelevant. So, which...

Autumn Internationals: Wales and Warren Gatland

So Warren Gatland enters the final phase of his 12 years as coach of Wales. Phase one Phase one included the exuberance of the 2008 Grand...

Who is the World’s Best Club Team?

Unfortunately in rugby this is only a hypothetical question. These teams will not play each other unless the global season changes a lot. But that's...

Out of Order: Stop Accusing Refs of Bias!

Does rugby have a problem dealing with referees? The days of amateur era home town refereeing are over. At least in the professional game! Referees...

3 things we learned about the USA pack this weekend

Size The US scrum against Germany looked solid. Loosehead Olive Kilifi, who is, to say the least, a big unit, played a solid game. He...

One year on, can Italy repeat their win over South Africa?

Italian rugby might appear to be struggling. However, if we look under the surface there are some promising signs. Below international level, Italian teams...

SOS – Save Our Scrum

For a long time there has been a worrying erosion of one of the unique facets of our beloved game - the scrum. The scrum...

How will Japan perform in their own World Cup?

The 2015 Rugby World Cup was still a huge success, despite England crashing out in the group stages. However, big sporting events always seem to...

Why more means less for the English Premiership

I think the English Premiership should be expanded to 16 teams. I think player welfare demands having fewer games with a longer offseason. And...

Why the new professional rugby attempt in the US will be...

In 2016, the United States finally had its first taste of professional domestic rugby in the Pro Rugby competition. This was the first World Rugby...

Community: Westoe RFC

Paul Futers is a legend of The 1014 Rugby community, of that there is no doubt. His comments on YouTube, first masquerading under the guise...

Ireland v Springboks: A False Dawn for the Boks

To all Springbok fans out there, please note that I don't take enjoyment in this article. I am currently writing a series on the England...

Professional Rugby – A House of Cards – Part One

Traditionally, success in rugby has usually come from good player and coach development at all levels, underpinned by effective governance. In New Zealand, we have...