The Rugby Championship: Round 1 Preview

The Rugby Championship of 2017 is finally upon us. And with it, the long count down to the Rugby World Cup begins. There are so...

Why should 23 fit into 15?

My favourite sport by far is International Rugby. Unfortunately, in my opinion, its potential is being eroded by the use of the numerous replacements allowed...

Development of All Blacks attacking pattern

The Rugby Championship of 2016 was a resounding success for the All Blacks. One thing I noted is that, while the All Blacks have always...

Why are French Referees so Controversial?

Following the end of the British and Irish Lions' tour there was a spate of articles, comment and analysis of Romain Poite's refereeing. More accurately,...

Will the Pro14 draw in new fans?

In-depth scrutiny over various elements of the Pro12 expansion has been intense. But one question remains; will the Pro14 draw in new fans to...

Surely the Lions won’t make the same mistake twice

This weekend the Lions have a chance to secure home-field advantage for the playoffs - an opportunity they’ve squandered before. Rugby Power Index rankings update At...

The 1014 Show: The Third Test Review

A drawn series, who would have thought that? Take a look at the video or check out the podcast from earlier today. There is...

The 1014 Show: The Third Test Preview

With the Lions coming back to win the second test, the series is alive. Here is out third test preview. All Blacks There was so much...

Super Rugby has picked up where it left off

The Super Rugby season resumed on Friday, picking up where it left off with two upsets and a one-sided hiding. Rugby Power Index rankings update The...

All Blacks versus Lions Forwards Second Test 2017

The All Blacks versus Lions Forwards Second Test 2017 was another good contest. Daily Mail Player Ratings Let's compare the All Blacks versus Lions Forwards Second...

The 1014 Show: The Secret Referee #2

The Secret Referee is back, do not miss this chat with him from The Shed. We are incredibly fortunate here in The Shed at The...

George North Needs a Change

Following the 2017 Lions Tour, it is evident that George North needs a change in his career to fulfill his potential. George North was unfortunately...

Happy anniversary Eden Park. 23 years is a long time!

On Saturday the British & Irish Lions face the All Blacks in the final test of the series... a decider to win the series. It...

Selection headaches

Even though the All Blacks held on and held on, the red wave eventually crashed the party, leaving a raft of selection headaches for...

Pro12 Will Expand with South African Teams

Rumours have begun that the Pro12 will expand with South African teams; the Cheetahs and the Southern Kings. This could be as soon as September...

Suffocation Rugby

In the build up to the first British and Irish Lions test against the All Blacks, the travelling nations’ media obsession with ‘Suffocation Rugby’...

Who did enough for test selection?

The Lions vs Hurricanes mid-week fixture has been overshadowed by recent New Zealand sporting accomplishments. A hard fought test victory in favour of the All...

Rugby Numbers: The Kings could make the Waratahs’ season a lot...

Look at the Super Rugby standings during the June break and you’ll notice something a bit unexpected. There’s almost nothing separating the Waratahs and the...

All Black Captain Kieran Read was outstanding against the Lions

The All Black captain Kieran Read was truly outstanding in the First Test last Saturday. The 2017 British and Irish Lions had no answer for...

The 1014 Show: The Lions Second Test Selection

We have analysed the First Test to death and come up with our selections for the Second Test. The 1014 Show How can the Lions beat...

The 1014 Show: Review of the First Test

The Lions were taught a harsh lesson up front, but boy did their backs show us a thing or two. The 1014 Show Check out how...

Reviewing the Lions’ tour to New Zealand thus far.

Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing. Once this tour is ended, Warren Gatland will either be hailed as the mastermind of not one, but two...

How good are the Lions in 2017?

Looking at the tour itinerary I expected one easy match against provincial amateurs then nine tough matches. With this structure, it would allow a definitive...

Can’t support over-hyped Lions

I own all of Bruce Springsteen’s albums, with one exception. ‘We Shall Overcome’ was released in 2006 to great fanfare. Bruce had ditched his normal...

The 1014 Show: The Secret Referee #1

Do not miss this chat with the Secret Referee. We are incredibly fortunate here in The Shed at The 1014 to have had a professional...

The 1014 Show: Preview of the First Test

We have been through our preview of the First Test and could not be more excited. The 1014 Show Check out how we see the selections...

Savea v Ioane: The stats don’t lie

The announcement of the All Blacks 23 man squad to take on the Lions was one of the most anticipated in recent New Zealand...

The Lions have won two tests in 46 years!

Can the Lions win two tests against the All Blacks in 15 days? Since the Lions last left these shores, with their tails well and...

The 1014 Show: Chiefs v Lions Review

The Chiefs V Lions is what last night in Hamilton was all about. The Lions eventually blew the Chiefs away with a ruthless defensive performance...

Keys to Success: The All Blacks Lions First Test

The Lions have finally begun to roar, as is evident by their dominant display last Saturday against the Maori All Blacks. However, the step up...

The 1014 Show: Our Lions Test Selections

This is our third and final take on what we think the test selection for the Lions will look like. We have picked the test...

The 1014 Show: Maori All Blacks v Lions Review

The Maori All Blacks v Lions is what Saturday was all about. The Lions sucked the life out of the Maori All Blacks and showed...

Nobody beats Ireland 29 times in a row! Schmidt gambled brilliantly,...

5 million people showed up in Chicago to celebrate the Cubs ending a 108-year drought in baseball’s World Series on Friday 4th November 2016. The...

Maori All Blacks – Preview

This Saturday in Rotorua, the Maori All Blacks will face off against the Lions in one of the most anticipated non-test rugby matches in...

The 1014 Show: Can the Lions stop Beauden Barrett?

Is it possible to stop Beauden Barrett? In the space of one year, he has taken the All Blacks #10 jersey and redefined it. Barrett's...

Out with the old, in with the new?

Do the All Blacks favour the incumbent battlers of years past, or do they try something new? The Lions Tour midweek games are proving themselves...

The 1014 Show: Highlanders dupe Lions into Super Rugby

Last night the Lions were duped into playing Super Rugby by the fantastic Highlanders. The result will read 23-22 to the home side for eternity....

Empire of Dirt. Sean O’Brien and the evolution of the workhorse.

The industrial revolution forged the character associated with the indomitable spirit of the British Bulldog. The teak-tough, hard working grafter. The laudable idea of the...

The 1014 Show: The first real midweek team selected

The Lions have only a short hop down to Dunedin from Christchurch for their match against the Highlanders. The week has been significantly better for...

The stark difference between NZ and the Northern Hemisphere

On the 13th September 2010, James Thomson Greenwood passed away at the ripe old age of 81. The close-knit Scottish rugby community mourned him and,...