The Don Armand Question

Every time an England squad has been named over the last two years, the question is raised about Don Armand. Should he be in...

England’s Backline Carrier Problem

No power centre in South Africa The recent withdrawal of Ben Te'o leaves England's squad for South Africa with a problem of balance in the...

Revision of June Internationals

As rugby fans, we get excited by international rugby. Whether it's the Six Nations or the Rugby Championship, we love international rugby. But once...

Southern Hemisphere Rugby Digest – Week 14

Welcome to another Southern Hemisphere digest, which was dominated off the field by the All Blacks squad announcement and a high profile race-related incident...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Blues vs Crusaders

Historically the Blues vs Crusaders fixture is one of the most hotly anticipated matches on the calendar. This year the two big Kiwi rivals...

Media Ignores Global Rugby

Almost two centuries after emerging from the public schools of Britain, rugby has yet to shed its elitist mentality entirely, and nowhere is this...

Southern Hemisphere Rugby Digest – Week 13

Welcome to another Southern Hemisphere digest, likely to be the last for a few weeks as other commitments approach. There was something for everyone this...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 13

The Hurricanes and Crusaders continued their fight for pole position, the Highlanders and Chiefs picked up crucial wins, the Sharks and Bulls continued to...

Thoughts of a rugby elder. USA’s Major League Rugby crosses the...

Some pundits are crediting the USA’s new Major League Rugby competition with the potential to revolutionise rugby not only in the USA but around...

Scotland’s Summer Tour squad announcement

Scotland’s Summer Tour squad announcement has been made. Players left at home, players rested, new players brought in. And a new captain. What does this...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Crusaders vs Waratahs

The New Zealand conference-leading Crusaders take on the Australian conference-leading Waratahs in Week 13s match of the round. The Ominous Crusade: Things are looking rosey down...

England’s Touring Squad – Goals and Key Players

Eddie Jones has selected his touring party for South Africa. There were a number of players unavailable, captain Dylan Hartley, British & Irish Lions...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest

Welcome to your Super Rugby digest, covering two weeks this time, as my life was taken over by a different project last week. This edition: Los...

3 weeks in May – all on the line for Leinster

Leinster have looked like the most complete team in Europe this season, now is the time to prove it. Last season was a disappointing one...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 12

The Hurricanes and Crusaders showed exactly why they are favourites for 2018, the Chiefs and Highlanders cracked under pressure, while the Jaguares and Sharks...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Hurricanes vs Lions

The match of the round this week comes out of Wellington where the inform Hurricanes battle the Lions in a repeat of the 2016...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 11

The Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders continued on their merry way, the Lions slipped up in Brisbane and the Jaguares made it three on the...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 11.

A sad weekend for Australia Welcome to our weekly down under digest. My apologies that there won’t be one next week as I have other...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Bulls vs Highlanders

In another enticing round of Super Rugby action, this week's much-anticipated match comes out of Loftus, as the Highlanders go running with the Bulls....

Tactics: Racing 92 v Munster

The Racing 92 performance in their recent Champions Cup Semi-Final win over Munster was surprising to many people. They looked so comfortable. The result was...

The International Pro14

A look at the international aspect of the Pro14 With the League Stage of the Pro14 coming to an end I thought I'd take a...

PRO14 Final Round

The last round of the regular season. The day which can sometimes decide if a team's year is a success or a failure. Saturday 28th...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 10

The Highlanders, Lions, Crusaders and Chiefs kept pace with the Hurricanes. The Bulls and Jaguares made their move and the rest of the pack continued...

Rugby in the Arabian Gulf

For the last 5 years, I have lived in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. During that time I have been...

Hawaiian Islanders and Super Rugby Expansion

The current Super Rugby broadcasting deal runs out at the end of 2020 and one of the more eye-catching proposals put forth has been...

Champions Cup – Munster and Leinster chasing the white whale

The white whale For the third time in the history of European club rugby's premiere competition, Munster and Leinster are looking down the barrel of...

Video: USA Rugby Revolution

The 1014 Rugby predict a USA Rugby Revolution. We examine the new structures put in place. How the Olympics changed rugby forever. And we look...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 9.

Another new leader in Super Rugby, another hard-hitting, high-speed kiwi derby, another South African outside back scores a hat trick, and another player gets...

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,...