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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...

Irish Success.

Congratulations to Ireland! In one of the toughest and most interesting Six Nations ever, Ireland have triumphed with a week to go. Inspiring wins against Scotland and Wales showed the sheer class of this Irish team. Hard and tough wins...

Tactics: Ireland v Scotland

Ireland 28 - 8 Scotland. Another heavy away defeat for a Scotland side that, while imperious at home, can't buy a Six Nations win away from Murrayfield or Rome. However, in this game at least, the scoreline doesn't tell the...
Wales v Italy Second Screen

Video: Wales v Italy Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Wales v Italy 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. Action areas From The Shed You can...

Video: Six Nations Round 4 Review

Six Nations Round 4 Review from The 1014 Rugby The big talking points form Round 4 of the Six Nations were: Ireland have won the Six Nations with a round to spare. The key plays for Ireland were largely by their...
France v England Second Screen

Video: France v England Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the France v England 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 Paris. Action areas From The Shed You can...
Ireland v Scotland Second Screen

Video: Ireland v Scotland Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Ireland 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 Dublin. Action areas From The Shed You can...

A simple player and team rating system

Recently I’ve been looking into certain player attributes which collectively influence the outcome of games and I wanted to present a simple player and team rating system which can be used to rate different players and international teams. Many articles...

Video: Six Nations Round 4 Preview

The 1014 Rugby run through their Six Nations Round 4 Preview. In the tournament preview, there was a discussion that if a team can make it to Round 4 with their title chances still intact then it can be...
England's Backrow Woes

England’s Breakdown Woes

An audible gasp echoed around the British Isles as Finn Russell’s long floated pass flew past Joseph’s outstretched fingers; teasing the onrushing May before dipping delightfully short. Huw Jones accelerated from deep; onto the ball, through the line, loose...
Eddie Jones coaching

The Scotland v England Fallout: What will Eddie Jones be coaching?

Very well done Scotland. You completely and utterly outplayed us, and regardless of our own performance the potency of yours cannot be denied. You were smart, accurate, and entirely ruthless. Qualities I usually attribute to this England team. On Saturday,...
Six Nations Week 3 Review

Video: Six Nations Week 3 Review

Six Nations Week 3 Review from The 1014 Rugby The big talking points form Week 3 of the Six Nations were: Has France found an attack? Is there something hindering Guilhem Guirado? Where is Italy losing out? Is Boni out of his depth?...

Tactique: Écosse v Angleterre

Dans les articles de tactique précédents, trouvés ici et ici, je me suis concentré sur les regroupements et les différentes façons dont les pods sont utilisés. Dans cet article, je vais plutôt regarder la fascinante bataille tactique qui s'est...

Tactics: Scotland v England

In the previous tactics articles, found here and here, I have focused on the breakdown and the different ways pods are used. In this article I will instead look at the fascinating tactical battle that unfolded in the latest...
Scotland v England Second Screen

Video: Scotland v England Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Scotland v England 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 Edinburgh. The action areas for one...
Ireland v Wales Second Screen

Video: Ireland v Wales Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Ireland v Wales 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 Dublin. The action areas for the...
France v Italy Second Screen

Video: France v Italy Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the France v Italy 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 Marseille. The action areas for the... From...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 6: The Grubber Game

As I have mentioned earlier in this series, Scotland like to use the grubber kick close to the wings. In fact, they like it a lot. It is too much of a coincidence that this play occurs to be a...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 5: The 3-1-Tip-on

This passage of play is what showed me that Scotland are a true, heads-up rugby team. The reasoning behind this was that their wide men weren't fully ready, weren't correctly aligned, which stresses the need for another playmaker in...

Video: Six Nations Week 3 Preview

France v Italy Ireland v Wales Scotland v England From The Shed Check out The 1014 Rugby Six Nations Tournament Preview here and the Week 1 Preview here. If you want to understand the gameplans check out our detailed analysis for England, Ireland and...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 4: The 3-3-Tip-on

In this article we take a look at another Scottish variation of the traditional 1-3-3-1. The 3-3-Tip-On This is where the same thinking behind the exploiting of Samoa's Rush 10 Defence, was used so astutely on the All Blacks. The...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 3: The 3-Tip-on-3

I already stated earlier that this is the hardest series I've had to write, and you'll see why in the next stills. Like I've said, Scotland maintains a very fluid framework within their structure. To manipulate defences, they want...
What will Joe Schmidt be coaching

Ireland v Wales: What will Joe Schmidt be coaching?

Joe Schmidt will have a right to be happy. He is 2 from 2, and his next game is in the Aviva Stadium, a place where he hasn't lost a Six Nations match since he became the Irish coach. He...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 2: The 1-3-3-1

Scotland uses the 1-3-3-1, but they use it in a different way to Ireland who are quite regimented with it. They use it differently to Australia, who are traditionally far more adventurous and Barbarians like. They use it almost...

Rugby World Cup Expansion Could be the Vehicle for Global Development

The fallow weeks of the Six Nations can often be an exercise in killing time until the next instalment of the northern hemisphere’s premier rugby tournament comes around. However, take a look around the wider international spectrum and there...

Welsh Back Row Depth

Recently the Welsh back row has been known for its immense talent. For instance, despite injuries to Talupe Faletau, Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate Wales are still dominant in the back row. Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi came to prominence...
What will Gregor Townsend be coaching

Scotland v England: What will Gregor Townsend be coaching?

Scotland's performance against France, especially in the last 20 minutes personified their fitness and edge. They rectified a lot of problems from their run out against Wales. Their defence was better, though still not good enough. Their attack around their...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 1: Tenets

Scotland were my performers of the Autumn. No doubt about it. They have built on the great work of Vern Cotter and continued where he left off. Gregor Townsend has come in and brought continuity, adventure, heart, fitness and most...

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