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Who will guide Scotland around Murrayfield if Russell goes down? Photo: Edinburgh Blog, via Flickr

Who is behind Finn Russell?

Currently, an injury to Finn Russell has to be Scotland's biggest concern as there is an obvious drop off in talent in anyone behind him. Behind Finn Russell Peter Horne is probably who Townsend would look to next; this is often...
Enjoying the Dubai 7s

The 2017 Dubai 7s Experience

I am lucky enough to live in the UAE, where every year the Emirates World Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai. The tournament is a fantastic experience for both fans and players. Here is a little flavour of what...

A scary tackle safety study, and what is Activate?

We all know you are asking for trouble by putting your head in the wrong place when making a tackle. But are you aware just how dangerous it can be? A Japanese study published in the November 2017 issue of the...

Tactics: Variations of the pod

What is a pod? A pod is a group of players who will attack the same space together. When it is used correctly, defenders don't know which attacker will get the ball. Support is available for offloads and to resource...

Tier 2 November Report Cards

Most of us know how the top sides did this November. But how did the Tier 2 sides get on? Fiji (L 20-23 v Ireland, L 10-19 v Italy, W 57-17 v Canada) Target: Wins over Italy and Canada, and a...

Women’s Rugby Since World Cup 2017

What has been going on in Women's rugby since the World Cup? Let's take a look: Tyrrells Premier 15s The Tyrrells Premier 15s is the new top level domestic competition in England with Harlequins and Saracens battling it out at the...

The Sevens Returns: Rugby Sevens Preview

The highly anticipated return of the HSBC Sevens World Series is upon us as the 2017/18 season kicks-off in Dubai this weekend. The 16 team event features the 15 core-nations and the 2017 African Cup Sevens winners, Uganda. The first...

Springbok inconsistency, is it a new problem?

It is no secret that the Springboks have struggled to find form recently, conceding one record loss after another just when they looked to be improving. Many fans may have been left wondering if this is a new era of...
Georgian coach Milton Haig has been the backbone of continuity. USA Rugby could learn from this. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung/PHOTOSPORT

The good, the bad, and the ugly of USA vs Georgia

The Good While I can be biased to the pack on almost every occasion this is one of the few times I feel it is deserved to say that the USA pack were the standout unit in this game. Yes,...

Rugby IQ Series: Part 1 (England v Australia 18/11/2017)

Rugby IQ Part 1 is the first in a series of analysis articles. The intention is to analyse a few scenarios from a game. So far so normal. However, most analysis articles are a detailed play by play that mostly...

Autumn Internationals: Wales and Warren Gatland

So Warren Gatland enters the final phase of his 12 years as coach of Wales. Phase one Phase one included the exuberance of the 2008 Grand Slam following the 2007 World Cup debacle up until the 2012 Grand Slam. Included in...

3 things we learned about the USA pack this weekend

Size The US scrum against Germany looked solid. Loosehead Olive Kilifi, who is, to say the least, a big unit, played a solid game. He played a hard 71 minutes which is surprising for a man of that size and his...
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The five Australians you’ll know about by the end of November

Karmichael Hunt 'K' is no stranger to Australian audiences, having played at the top level across three sports. Rugby League, AFL and now Union. Hunt had an established career in rugby league. He became the youngest ever Brisbane Bronco, debuting at...
Wales on the charge in 2011. Can they do better than that in 2019? By jeanfrancois beausejour, via Wikimedia Commons

Are Wales two years behind in starting their World Cup development?

For a country with rugby so ingrained in their culture as Wales, it is surprising that the best result they have achieved at a World Cup is 3rd at the inaugural tournament in 1987. This time around, legendary coach Warren...
Ngani Laumape. Is he the answer to the midfield? © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / photosport.nz

The All Blacks muddle in the middle

One of the objectives for Steve Hansen ahead of the All Blacks northern tour is to confirm which of the incumbents and fringe players will likely make up the core of the squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Some...
Beale has been sensational for large parts of the season.

Wallabies should have won by more in Bledisloe 3

In truth the Wallabies played well for just 43 minutes last week against the All Blacks, but that was enough. The narrow points margin added to the drama and anxiety for their supporters, but the All Blacks were fortunate to...
The All Blacks may have drawn the Lions series, but they still sit atop the southern hemisphere pile.

Southern Hemisphere season a joy to watch

It's tough living in someone else's shadow. That's the fate these days of anyone in regular competition against New Zealand teams. You cop some dreadful drubbings. And know that you're unlikely to come up with the chocolate at the end...
Handrè Pollard is more than just a handy goal kicker. By David Roberts from London, United Kingdom (South Africa vs. USA), via Wikimedia Commons

Handrè Pollard for 12. Ridiculous or inspired?

The Springboks should consider Handrè Pollard at inside-centre. It is fast becoming a trend, with England, the British and Irish Lions and Australia using Owen Farrell and Kurtley Beale (both natural 10s) at 12. Rugby is getting to a place...
The comparison of tries scored by the All Blacks and Wallabies.

The number that’s against the All Blacks

Most people expect the All Blacks to beat the Wallabies quite comfortably this weekend. The stats seem to bear that expectation out. But I noticed a little stat that spells trouble for the All Blacks. The All Blacks have built...
Mario Ledesma. By Zegreg63 (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

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 Cup, all eyes were on the Pumas and their new Super Rugby team, Los Jaguares....
Q&A from The Rugby Championship

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 the pulling of the hair and Cheika's response? Should Eben Etzebeth have been carded for his...
The all new Sonny Bill Williams. Is he adapting his game to suit Beauden Barrett?

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 the way he operates because of another special player, Beauden Barrett. When SBW burst onto...
Round 5 preview of The Rugby Championship.

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 emerging, some of which may surprise you. Are the Boks clean breaks amounting to much? Where...
Dane Coles of the All Blacks runs in a try during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby test match between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland on Saturday the 15th August 2015. Copyright Photo Marty Melville / www.photosport.nz

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 the first choice hooker in a black jersey nowadays? While Dane has had issues with a...
Is Jaco Kriel the Springboks MVP?

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 team. Are the Springboks as effective with him missing? What impact does he have on...
Wouldn't it be great to have all of the players competing for positions? Photo Alfredo Falcone - LaPresse

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 in Europe. That was once the norm, but since the addition of the Jaguares, the...
Head Coach Michael Cheika of Australia looks on after the match. New Zealand All Blacks v Australian Wallabies, Bledisloe Cup, rugby union test match, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 October 2016. © Copyright Image: www.photosport.nz

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 were questioning his ability to coach Australia. But Cheika and his team fought back to...
The first round of The Rugby Championship was held here.

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 Elizabeth. Australia v New Zealand The halftime scoreline of 6-40 tells a story; as does the 6-54...
Argentinian captain preparing for The Rugby Championship

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 many sub plots to consider when looking at the big picture that it is impossible...
The Third Test Review touches on this photo.

The 1014 Show: The Third Test Review

A drawn series, who would have thought that? Take a look at the video or check out the podcast from earlier today. There is a lot to talk about, that's for sure All Blacks At the beginning of the series, a...
Jerome Kaino during an All Blacks media conference at the Heritage Hotel ahead of the 3rd and deciding test match against the British and Irish Lions this weekend. Auckland, New Zealand. Tuesday 4 July 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

The 1014 Show: The Third Test Preview

With the Lions coming back to win the second test, the series is alive. Here is out third test preview. All Blacks There was so much talk throughout the week about the All Blacks midfield, how it was going to line...
All Blacks Jerome Kaino tries to grab a loose ball. British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, All Blacks v British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday 01st July 2017. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / www.Photosport.nz

All Blacks versus Lions Forwards Second Test 2017

The All Blacks versus Lions Forwards Second Test 2017 was another good contest. Daily Mail Player Ratings Let's compare the All Blacks versus Lions Forwards Second Test 2017 performances. The highest rating for a Lions forward by the Daily Mail was...
Eden Park

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...

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