Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Waratahs vs Lions

The big dance this week comes out of Sydney, Australia where two conference-leading teams square off in a tussle that will have huge overall...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 9

The Hurricanes continued their dominance over Kiwi opposition, the Highlanders kept their perfect home record intact, the Waratahs won the battle at the SCG,...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 8.

<h4Lots of very important stories in Southern Hemisphere rugby this week. A worrying injury toll for the All Blacks, the Rugby Australia response to the...

Super Rugby – Game of the week: Hurricanes vs Chiefs

The two form teams of the competition go toe to toe in the capital on Friday night. Both sides come into this match with...

Scotland’s aims for 2018 Tour of Americas

The article will summarise the development aims for Scotland’s tour of the Americas this summer. Taking into consideration the time-line to the Rugby World...

World Rugby’s Eligibility Laws and why they need to change

After the Rugby Europe Championship 2018 came to a conclusion, there has been a lot of discussions about eligibility laws as a few of...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 8

The Hurricanes bite late against the Sharks, the Chiefs tip the scales against the Blues, the Lions run rampant at home, the Crusaders get...

Video: Beneath The Six Nations 2018 – Tier 2

The 1014 Rugby chat with Gordon Hanlon, Director of Rugby for TSV Handschuhsheim in Germany. Beneath the Six Nations explores the European structure outside Tier...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Chiefs vs Blues

Another Kiwi derby fixture highlights this weeks match of the round. The Battle of the Bombays brings together two sides with contrasting records. The Chiefs...

England’s 7 Problem

England's Problem Position England haven't really used a traditional 7 since Neil Back retired. For brief moments, players like Andy Hazell or Tom Rees looked...

PRO14 Match of the Season

How much it matters Scarlets vs Glasgow Warriors, defending champions against title favourites. It really doesn't get much bigger than this. The Warriors can confirm...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 7.

Welcome to my weekly Southern Hemisphere digest. This week’ action had a bit of everything. Things you expect from Super Rugby, like brilliant back play,...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 7

The Hurricanes made a statement, the Chiefs ground out another win, the Bulls put the Stormers away at home and the Crusaders crawled their...

Why the Rugby World Cup needs to expand

The Rugby World Cup features twenty teams in a quadrennial battle for global supremacy, the ninth instalment scheduled for Japan next year, but don't...

Inside the Inside-Centre Issue

As Brad Shields gathered Jordi Barret’s under-the-legs pass and shifted it on to Ngani Laumape for another Hurricanes try, the commentator, in a moment...

Discussing the possible All Blacks squad for France

As the French series draws closer there are several talking points surrounding the make-up of the first All Blacks squad of the year. Kieran...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Lions vs Crusaders

The 2017 finalists square off at Ellis Park with a similar record so far in 2018. The Lions flew out of the blocks with three...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 6.

Welcome to my weekly Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. It’s intended to be a one-stop shop, with: Links to the big stories in the mainstream media, plus...

Four upsets for 2019 Rugby World Cup (potentially)

Introduction With 17 out of 20 teams for the Rugby World Cup 2019 confirmed, I thought I would write an article of matches at the...

National Team’s Poor Results Hide Shoots of Growth in Italian Rugby

Another Six Nations campaign, another set of defeats for the Azzuri. Delve a little deeper however and there are signs of life in Italian...

Should Leinster fear a Grand Slam hangover?

With Saracens coming to town, do Leinster need to worry about the lingering effects of Ireland's Grand Slam victory? The Six Nations window is a...

Video: Six Nations 2018 Tournament Review

Six Nations 2018 Tournament Review from The 1014 Rugby Six Nations 2018 has finished with Ireland taking out a Grand Slam and England finishing an...

The rules and gameplay of rugby in four paragraphs or less

Just enough information so you’ll know when to cheer while you’re watching games at the bar and not look like an idiot. I hope you...

Harsh Lessons for England in this Year’s Six Nations

“So, For Us, It's Been Enormously Beneficial” Eddie Jones remarks in his post-match interview, after their third consecutive defeat, have drawn criticism from some quarters....

The Dragon has returned

The perfect start Before the Championship began I thought Scotland were going to get their first win in Cardiff since 2002. That's 16 years ago!...

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland: What makes a Champion Coach and Team?

Congratulations to Ireland. Ireland were in full control of that game. And in his selection, Eddie Jones showed a panic in changing his side...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Hurricanes vs Highlanders

Mouth-watering matchups all over the park will complement this tantalising derby match between the Hurricanes and Highlanders. Jordie Barrett vs Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett...

A Grand Anti-Climax? (A brief look in to the Irish psyche)

An Inconvenient Truth Between March of 1948 and March of 2009, a lot of Irish Rugby supporters would have lived and died without ever seeing...

South Africa: A dark horse for 2019

The odds of South Africa winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup are currently 14/1. Therefore the team is seen by some bookmakers as having...

The 7s World Cup: Hype!

Sevens is an amazing game and the World Cup is coming up soon and will show the best rugby has to offer. The 7s World...

A Change of Scenery: Taking the Plunge and Reaping the Reward

In the last few weeks, Robin Copeland has announced he will be joining Connacht from Munster. In recent months Jordi Murphy has bravely and...

Bring on November

Ireland has just come off a Grand Slam performance in the Six Nations, prompting the media to ask the reader to choose: England or...

Is there more success left in this Irish side?

Now that Ireland have proven their worth by winning a Grand Slam, the question must be asked, can they go further? Is there more success...

Video: Six Nations Round 5 Review

Six Nations Round 5 Review from The 1014 Rugby The big talking points form Round 5 of the Six Nations were: Ireland winning only their...

Tactics: England v Ireland

Congratulations Ireland on a historic third Grand Slam. This was yet another intelligent and clinical performance from the men in green. In this article,...

Spain can still make it to Japan?

Spain lost to Belgium 18-10 on Sunday. An opportunity blown! Spain were robbed! Rematch! This is what I have read all across social media. I...

Video: Wales v France Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Wales v France match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth...

Video: England v Ireland Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the England v Ireland match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth...

Video: Italy v Scotland Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Italy v Scotland match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth...

Fly half problems in Wales?

It may come to a surprise to some but Wales have a number of international material fly-half’s to choose. Whether that be from the Welsh...