The “deception of the tape”

Deception of the tape is a phrase I’ve coined to help explain things that our eyes have watched but not actually seen. Against the All...

England 2017/2018: Can they catch the All Blacks by RWC2019?

This is a battle I've been looking forward to for a while. The title question is one that has been on the minds of quite...

NZ Media Hurts Our Image, but Fans Hold Key To Change

In New Zealand, Rugby’s heart lies in community, family and friendship. While many foreigners don’t get our humour, passion or our pride for rugby,...

What will Ledesma bring to the table?

It is no secret that Argentine Rugby has been through a rough patch as of late. After a sublime performance in the 2015 Rugby World...

Tantalisingly Close to Greatness

Any Irish rugby fan of a certain generation will be aware of the great rivalry between two of the greatest out-halves ever to play...

Scottish Rugby, Underrated or simply not good enough?

The 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand was in many ways a success for the home nations, only losing once to New Zealand in...

Open letter: World Rugby and a global season

Hi lads, Great to see The 1014 growing in strength since your videos on the Lions tour. I have been watching your show regularly...

The Springbok 1-3-3-1: Is it enough for their Renaissance?

2016 was not a good year for the Springboks. In their attack, I couldn't work out what they were doing, what their game plan or...

Q&A: The Rugby Championship round 5

The 1014 answer your questions from The Rugby Championship and beyond. Should Israel Folau have been sent to the bin? What on earth was up with...

Video: Interview with Crusaders Super Rugby coach Scott Robertson

It was the great pleasure of The 1014 to be able to interview the Crusaders title-winning coach Scott Robertson. Scott was kind enough to take...

All Blacks Winning Factor: Fitness and Efficiency

Before the Springbok game, we thought the All Blacks were back to mortality. Or nearing it. We saw them struggle with the rush defence against...

The all new Sonny Bill Williams

The 1014 discuss Sonny Bill Williams and how his role is changing with the All Blacks. We believe he has been asked to modify...

Preview: The Rugby Championship round 5

The 1014 preview The Rugby Championship and explore some statistics from the 2017 edition to date. As we head into round 5 there are patterns...

Jerome Kaino: is he still New Zealand’s number 6?

Jerome Kaino. Is he still New Zealand's number 6? After a momentous effort from the All Blacks against a previously impenetrable Springboks side, there are...

Cheetahs shock Leinster

Congratulations to the Cheetahs on their convincing victory over Leinster in Bloemfontein’s Free State Stadium 38-19. This game is bound to be used as a...

Is Dane Coles still the All Blacks number one number two?

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles is arguably the finest hooker on the planet, certainly by historical reputation built over many seasons. But is he even...

Is the All Blacks dominance bad for rugby?

We need to consider the impact of the All Blacks' dominance on the popularity of the sport. The recent victory over South Africa highlights the...

Evaluating the Addition of the New South Africa Rugby Franchises

In a surprising turn of events over the past week, South Africa has introduced the concept of another two rugby franchises. The proposed addition of...

The Rugby Championship itinerary – is it fair?

Why on earth is the itinerary for The Rugby Championship (TRC) largely the same year on year? Longtime community commenter Dusty Pink raised this point...

What has happened to the great rugby tours?

There is so much rugby available to watch nowadays. We have numerous international tournaments; the 6 Nations, the Rugby Championship, mid-year tours, year-end tours, to...

Community: Wimbledon RFC

What a tremendous pleasure it was to visit our post box and find a parcel addressed to Gareth and Steven. Ever since we started The...

MVP: Is Jaco Kriel the Springboks MVP?

Is Jaco Kriel the Springboks MVP? Their Most Valuable Player? Not necessarily their best player, but the player most important to the success of their...

The Wallabies Outside Back Conundrum

In recent times, the back three of the Wallabies has been extensively questioned. Currently, the Wallabies are using a combination featuring NRL convert Israel Folau...

The Georgian Question

On Monday a question popped up on our You Tube channel regarding Georgia in what I am referring to as The Georgian Question. This question...

Where should RWC23 be held?

In a little over two months, on November 17th, World Rugby will decide who hosts the 2023 RWC. Here at The 1014 we have been...

The HIA Process: Pre HIA Test

Very little is known about the Head Injury Assessment Process, a process commonly referred to as the HIA Process or simply the "Concussion Test". As...

How to Bring Back the Lost Stars of Argentina Rugby

Argentina have suffered a serious talent drain in recent times. Some of their top stars have left Argentina due to the big money on offer...

Beauden Barrett’s Goal kicking

In a recent video that we posted there were a number of common threads running through the comments; one was Beauden Barrett's goalkicking. Before we...

Number 7

Since the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the number 7 jersey has been one of the most greatly contested jerseys in the modern All Black...

Critique the All Blacks

In our last video, which was the review of round three of The Rugby Championship we suggested that the All Blacks would not have...

Springbok Analysis

2016 was a year to forget for the Springboks; however, it appears they have turned a corner in 2017. Here in The Shed, Gareth and...

Forrest’s Indo-Pacific Revolution: Game Changer or Doomed Failure

Andrew Forrest introduced the new Indo-Pacific league on Tuesday in response to the ARU's Supreme Court victory. The Western Force lost their appeal at the...

Women’s World Cup Review

The Women's World Cup in Ireland has been a huge success. Record numbers of people watched matches, engaged in social media and some of the...

Second Bledisloe Test Proves Cheika’s Naysayers Wrong

Michael Cheika was under immense pressure heading into the second Bledisloe Cup game. After a horrific performance in the majority of the first match, people...

The Rugby Championship: Round 1 Review

The first round of the Rugby Championship threw up an extraordinary game in Sydney and one that was a joy to behold in Port...

Forcing them out makes little sense

The 55-6 scoreline appeared damning for the endangered Western Force when the Highlanders ran rampant at NIB Stadium. Despite the outcome of the game being...

A thriving community at London Welsh

Today an email arrived from London Welsh Rugby Club. Alas, it was not asking me to buy a season ticket for fixtures against Bristol, Nottingham...

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...