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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 will be each team's third match at the hallowed ground this season. Players will be...
An epic result for the Lions means selection headaches for the All Blacks. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan / www.photosport.nz

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 the All Blacks to ponder. The two big moments in the game both involved arguably red...

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 Blacks and an incredible America's Cup victory to Emirates Team New Zealand outshone a game...
All Black captain Kieran Read was truly immense in the First Test.

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 his dynamic play, aggression and leadership. It was a performance for the ages. All of...
Lions Second Test Selection is here. Does POM make the cut?

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 this All Blacks side? It would appear that they can create enough opportunities, but how...
How did Dagg and Watson play? Check out our review of the First Test.

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 we saw the action both from the stands and the couch. There is plenty to...
Reviewing the Lions' tour. POM captaining the test team.

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 tour victories or as a chump who undermined the very integrity of the Lions itself....
How good are the Lions? Well there scrum appears to be solid ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan / www.photosport.nz

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 comparison between the best of northern and southern hemisphere rugby. I was looking forward to...
Preview of the First Test

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 in The Shed. We have been all over the Lions since before the squad was...

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 rugby history. The British and Irish Lions tour New Zealand once every 12 years. Fans have...
Win two tests in three weeks. Brian Moore showing some of the signs of battle. Eden Park 1993.

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 truly between their legs the All Blacks have lost three tests on home soil. Given that...
Rory Best post the Chiefs v Lions match. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland / www.photosport.nz

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 and dancing feet by some of the backs. All in all the Lions will be...

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 to the test arena is one that both the All Blacks and Lions are no...
Lions Test Selection. How close are we to what Warren has?

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 team three times now. Once even before a ball was kicked on tour, and once...
Maori All Blacks v Lions Review. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan / www.photosport.nz

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 that they are growing nicely into the tour. There has been a lot said about...

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 living memory. The announcing of the sides was done today, and it would be fair to...
The George North verse Waisake Naholo match-up is one that fans are desperate to see.

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 to be pivotal to the test inclusion or exclusion of the All Blacks, as well...
The Lions were duped into playing Super Rugby by a fantastic Highlanders side last night.

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. It will also go down in 'Lander's folklore as the night they tamed the Lions......
The Lions prepare for the Highlanders match. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

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 Lions than last, what with the result against the Crusaders and everything that went...
Lions supporters getting into the swing of things at the match against the Crusaders. Check out The 1014 Show Review here.

The 1014 Show: Lions complete defensive masterclass against Crusaders

The Lions turned up in Christchurch on Saturday and silenced more than a few critics. What a tough week it had been for Warren Gatland and his team, but he has bought himself some respite from the circling hordes. In...
The Hurricanes hosted the Chiefs at The Cake Tin

Game of the Year?

The anticipation and commencement of the British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand, has perhaps overshadowed what may be the game of the year. What game? The Blues upset victory over the British and Irish Lions has caused a frenzy....
Press conference after the captain's run prior to the Crusaders v Lions match. Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz

Could the Crusaders end the Lions brand?

I don't think it is an exaggeration to say Saturday's Lions game against the Crusaders could decide whether the Lions exist as a meaningful entity in the future. If they capitulate on Saturday there is every possibility that we go...
Whitelock will need to be at his very best for the Crusaders against this Lions side.

Who won’t be watching?!

The Lions named their team to face the Crusaders and the big guns are coming out to play. "They are better than what they played last night (against the Blues)." - Scott Robertson, Crusaders Coach After a disappointing start to the...
All Blacks squad for Lions Series announced

All Blacks squad named

The All Blacks squad of 33 has been selected All the talk, all the speculation can cease to an extent. The All Blacks squad to face the British & Irish Lions and Samoa has finally been named, so months of...
A special, special try for Ihaia West against the Lions for the Blues

Lions feeling Blue

The Blues claimed a 22 to 16 victory by executing on chances in the wet weather. The victory was achieved against an underwhelming Lions side, in front of 40,000 fans at Eden Park. Blues The Blues appeared to be playing their typical...
Steven Luatua on the rampage for the All Blacks against the Boks.

The Curious Case of Steven Luatua

Steven Luatua has put his hand up for All Blacks selection against the Lions. The chances are he will get the nod, but that was not always the case. Winding back the clock, the date is 24th November 2013, and the...
Provincial Barbarians

Lions will lose opening match no matter what

The British & Irish Lions kick off their 2017 tour of New Zealand in Whangarei tonight against the Provincial Barbarians. It's been a long time coming and they will be desperate to lay the ghosts of 2005 to rest. The...
Is Aaron Cruden guaranteed his All Blacks selection? Time will tell.

‘Touch and Go’ on selecting Aaron Cruden in All Blacks

Nobody can doubt that Aaron Cruden is a world-class No.10, but even that shouldn’t justify his selection in the All Blacks on June 8th. The biggest question of this entire conversation is – what happens should Beauden Barrett get injured...
Dan Carter gave the Lions a crash course on how to play flyhalf in 2005. A performance for the ages. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

The Lions Squad – Crash Course – The 9s and 10s

The 9s and 10s; the playmakers. This is a fascinating unit in The Lions Series, and we have all the world's best players fighting for test selection here. All Black 10s Beauden Barrett is the current World Player of the Year....
Fans from 2005 COPYRIGHT: FOTOSPORT/DAVID GIBSON

The 1014 Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV

The following is our selection here at The 1014 for the Professional Era All Blacks-Lions First XV. As a high-level summary, the team is made up of 10 All Blacks, 3 Irishman, and 2 Englishman. There are a total of...
Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan / www.photosport.nz Lions

The first 2017 Lions team has been selected.

The first 2017 Lions 23 has been selected. Here we go! It's about to take off. The first 23 players have been selected to represent the British & Irish Lions on the 2017 tour to New Zealand. The NZ Provincial Barbarians will...
All Blacks Professional Era XV. The All Blacks celebrate after winning the 3rd test match between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday 9 July, 2005. The All Blacks won the match, 31 - 19 to win the series 3-0. Photo: Hannah Johnston/PHOTOSPORT

Quiz: The 1014 All Blacks Professional Era XV

The All Blacks Professional Era XV How well do you know your All Blacks? More specifically, how well do you know the All Blacks we have selected in our All Blacks Professional Era XV? Test your knowledge here, share with...
Lions Professional Era XV. Brian O'Driscoll telling them how it is. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Quiz: The 1014 Lions Professional Era XV

The Lions Professional Era XV How well do you know your Lions? More specifically, how well do you know the Lions we have selected in our Lions Professional Era XV? Test your knowledge here, share with your mates, feedback on...
James Haskell Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan / www.photosport.nz

Kia ora James Haskell – Welcome back to New Zealand

Welcome back to New Zealand James Haskell, it's great to have you here and congratulations on your selection to The British & Irish Lions 2017 squad. The Highlander James Haskell gained respect in New Zealand for taking the road less travelled....
All Black flanker Richard McCaw scores a try during the 2nd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington,New Zealand on Saturday 2 July 2005.The All Blacks defeated the Lions 48-18. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

The 1014 Professional Era All Blacks First XV

Over the last two weeks, we have been putting out two-cents worth in around the make-up of an All Blacks First XV from the professional era. The following is a photographic journey of this two-cent investment; sit back, enjoy, and...
Captain Martin Johnson takes a lineout ball during the rugby union test match between the British Lions and Australia, at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia on 30 June 2001. PHOTO: Fotosport/Photosport

The 1014 Professional Era Lions First XV

Over the last two weeks, we have been putting in our two cents worth around the make-up of a Lions First XV from the professional era. The following is a photographic journey of this two cent investment; sit back, enjoy,...
Lions winger Jason Robinson in action during the British and Irish Lions v Wellington at Westpac Stadium in Wellington,New Zealand on Wednesday 15 June, 2005. The Lions won the match 23 -6. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Fullback

The Lions have been blessed with some of the finest fullbacks ever to grace the game in JPR Williams, Andy Irvine and Mr Scotland… Gavin Hastings; however, these immortals of the sport donned the famous jersey in the amateur...
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The Lions Squad – Crash Course – The Back Row

The back row has already thrown up selection headaches for both the All Blacks and The Lions. Injuries are making the units more complex before any whistle has been blown. Blind Side and Number Eight Kieran Read, Jerome Kaino and Liam...
All Black jersey

New All Black jersey – a wonderful nod to tradition

The new All Black jersey is a wonderful nod to tradition and the All Black versus British & Irish Lions rivalry. Adidas New Zealand revealed the badge on Twitter. Any new All Black jersey needs to respect the legacy and...
Jeff Wilson looks to score during the rugby union match between the All Blacks and Ireland, 1997. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Right Wing

When researching the players and performances for selecting our hypothetical Lions XV from the professional era the positions that caused the most issues were the wings. There is no doubt that the Home Nations have produced fine wingers in...

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