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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 the squad? Most people in the media say they would pick him, and he is often...

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 centres. The players who might play there include Owen Farrell, Piers Francis, Elliot Daly, Alex...

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 our teams are winning, do we question the state of international rugby? Do we ask...

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 more apparent than in media coverage of the sport. On May 12th the game witnessed another...
Gregor Townsend - Scotland head coach. Australia v Scotland, Allianz Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia, Saturday 17th June 2017 Copyright photo: David Gibson / Fotosport / www.photosport.nz

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 squad look like, particularly against the set of development aims outlined in my previous article...

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 Jonathan Joseph, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes and Anthony Watson and several other senior squad members. Jones...
The International Pro14

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 look at the relative performances not of individual teams but of the nations involved. To do...
Rugby in the Arabian Gulf

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 a player and youth coach with Abu Dhabi Harlequins. I will be leaving the Gulf...
USA Rugby Revolution

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 at the exciting MLR, Major League Rugby as it starts up. A brief history We touch on...
Gregor Townsend - Scotland head coach. Australia v Scotland, Allianz Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia, Saturday 17th June 2017 Copyright photo: David Gibson / Fotosport / www.photosport.nz

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 Cup 2019 and their results since Gregor Townsend took charge. Areas for improvement To identify Scotland’s areas...
Eligibility Laws

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 the competing countries could have had non-qualified players playing for their teams. What makes this a...
Beneath The Six Nations 2018 - Tier 2

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 1. Gordon offers a unique insight and sheds light on some controversial topics, including RWC...
Bundee Aki creating a try against Italy from "second five-eighth".

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 of excitement, bellowed "England’s next number six". This got me thinking how a fine player, long...

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 Read, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Israel Dagg, Nehe Milner Skudder and Joe Moody have not...

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 World Cup where Tier 2 countries could put one over a Tier 1. First of all,...

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 rugby. With Parisse’s star fading and 17 straight Six Nations defeats, there appear to be few...

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 almost unbelievable 5th after back-to-back titles. The Six Nations is a great tournament, but we...

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. However, I feel like there is virtue in what he says. Eddie Jones established a strong...

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! Every Scottish supporter believed that the Scots could be victorious. Unfortunately for me and my...
Champion coach. Champion team.

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 that I would not have expected of such a seasoned coach. He made selection changes that...
Irish psyche

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 a Grand Slam. I am not being morbid, it is just an inconvenient truth, what...

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 half the chance England have of lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy next year. Is this a...
Enjoying the Dubai 7s

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 Cup starts this July. Based in San Francisco this tournament will see the top talent...

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 left in this Irish team? I for one believe there is still a lot left...

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 third Grand Slam in history. How England can turn around where they are. The relative emergence of...

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, I will explore some of the tactics Ireland used in beating England. England themselves have now...
The Webb Ellis Cup. What it's all about.

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 watched the 2nd half and I didn't believe the Romanian referee had the greatest of...
Wales v France Second Screen

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 and Steven. Quick stats How the teams lined up in Cardiff. From The Shed You can check...
England v Ireland Second Screen

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 and Steven. Quick stats How the teams lined up in London. From The Shed You can check...
Italy v Scotland Second Screen

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 and Steven. Quick stats How the teams lined up in Rome. From The Shed You can check...

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 regions or even a few players from the Aviva Premiership. Players such as Dan Biggar,...

Ireland’s efficiency underplayed?

In these times of upsurge from Scotland's sexy rugby and the Six Nations becoming more competitive, I would have to wonder if there is not enough being made of Ireland's efficiency by the Irish supporters themselves. I'm born and raised...

Is Ross Byrne the most underrated player in Ireland?

Despite some uncharacteristic poor form off the tee, Johnny Sexton has had another excellent Six Nations. Without his clutch drop-goal against the French in Round One there would be no Grand Slam decider this weekend. Heading into a World Cup...
Scotland v England. What will Eddie Jones be coaching?

Does success in sport excuse offensive behaviour?

In a week where Sky TV has suspended Jamie Carragher for spitting on a fan out of his car window. A video of Eddie Jones using obscene language at a sponsors’ talk to describe both Wales and Ireland has...

Spain on the verge of making history

This weekend we will all spend hours watching The Natwest 6 Nations Championship come to a conclusion. Yet in "The 6 Nations B" tournament, Spain will have a chance of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time...

England’s problems at the centre position

There is no doubt in my mind that there is plenty of skill, pace and power present in the English backline. England are a team that possess players that have the potential to be world class, and truly impact the...

Video: Six Nations Round 5 Preview

Sadly, the final round of this year's Six Nations is upon us. The 1014 Rugby Preview how they see it. Italy v Scotland England v Ireland Wales v France From The Shed If you want to understand the gameplans check out our detailed analysis...
Key Scottish statistic

The key Scottish statistic from the defeat to Ireland

After the loss to Ireland at the weekend, Gregor Townsend seemed quite happy. Some have found it difficult to understand when this is a 'typical' Scottish Performance where errors cost them in key moments. I believe his happiness comes down...

A balanced team

After watching England sink to two defeats to end the defence of their double Six Nations crown, all I could think of was that they lack balance as a team, especially in the centres and back row. So what makes...
Scotland v England. Calcutta Cup 2018.

“Off 9 and Into Contact”: Where England must Improve for Ireland?

Well done Ireland on your Championship. You have been by far the most consistent and relentless team in the competition and I fully congratulate you on a splendid tournament. But now, it's to Twickenham, where you bring your structure, your...

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