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Eddie Jones Interview from The Rugby Site

Video: Eddie Jones Interview

The 1014 Rugby were fortunate enough to get access to an Eddie Jones Interview from The Rugby Site. And as you would expect it is full of incredible insights into what makes him tick and possibly what has transformed...

Changing centre play

The play of the weekend was the diagonal kick from Owen Farrell to Jonny May to touch down in the corner. Once the ball came loose from Watson's aerial challenge, May was reactive. He was immediately aware of which...
Scotland v England. What will Eddie Jones be coaching?

Scotland v England: What will Eddie Jones be coaching?

Eddie Jones will be happy with aspects of England's performance against Wales, and regardless of public persona, furious with others. To not score any points in 60 minutes of a game will particularly irk him, especially due to the fact...

Video: Six Nations Week 2 Review

Six Nations Week 2 Review from The 1014 Rugby The big talking points form Week 2 of the Six Nations were: Will Furlong and Henshaw be fit for the next match? What did Joe Schmidt say about the new players and...
Scotland v France Second Screen

Video: Scotland v France Second Screen

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

Video: England v Wales Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the England v Wales match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. England suffocated the Welsh and forced them into errors all over the park....
Ireland v Italy Second Screen

Video: Ireland v Italy Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Ireland v Italy match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. Ireland looked composed and assured on the ball in the first half, however,...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 6: Kicking Strategy

Wales implementation of their attacking kicking strategy has been done very, very well. This has been a part of their game for long before the World Cup. Warrenball dictates that the kicks from the back 3 remain in field, so...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 5: On the break

This article shows Wales' keenness on moving the ball wide. It also illustrates that the players need change only one thing in order for it to become fully effective. In the following example, we know the call that was made...
Six Nations Week 2 Preview

Video: Six Nations Week 2 Preview

Ireland v Italy All the talk in Ireland this week has been of the Johnny Sexton wonder goal and rightfully so, but has it hidden Ireland's inability to create chances. With nigh-on 70% possession you would expect at least one...
Scatter graph from Expected Wins Contributed analysis

Expected Wins Contributed (xWC). The holy grail of statistical analysis?

The holy grail of statistical analysis in any sport is to have one metric that fits all. Not only does it fit all, but it can accurately evaluate a player’s quality. Existing examples of this from other sports include “Wins...

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

The 3-3-Tip On is the same principle as the previous pattern. However, the lack of screen differentiates it. The pattern is very similar if not identical to the Scottish Tip-on pattern. Here we see exactly the same set up as...

Video: Six Nations Week 1 Review

Six Nations Week 1 Review from The 1014 Rugby The big talking points form Week 1 of the Six Nations were: What happened to Scotland? Where did their November form go? Wales, OMG, Wales. Incredible turnaround and beautiful rugby to boot. France...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 3: The 1-3-3-1

In this, the third article on Wales we take a look at their use of the 1-3-3-1 system via some examples. The Welsh have a long openside which they can use in this example. They have lined up a 3...

What should the Wales back 3 be against England?

After an exhilarating and amazing performance versus Scotland, Wales now look ahead to England. Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones said before the tournament that Wales would change their game to cater the threat of each individual opponent. Will the...
Allister Coetzee seen here at the World Cup draw. He will not be at the World Cup as the Springboks coach.

A Defense of Allister Coetzee

Allister Coetzee's career as Springbok head coach was marked by an 11-25 test record. This includes four wins against France, three against Argentina, and one against Italy. This record also includes two wins against Ireland, and one against Australia. The...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 2: The Tenets

This article takes a look at the new Welsh tenets. I say new, as they appear to be just that after years in the "Warrenball" wilderness. New Wales attacking tenets: Players must offload more. Players must quickly use the width...

Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Preview

Back again for its second year, the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens looms as an exciting start to the Southern Hemisphere rugby season. This year, we’ll see the Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby sides, including last year’s champion the Chiefs,...
France v Ireland action areas. Ireland should have been out of sight by the time the hooter went.

No change with Ireland

41 phases of play and one big punt from the middle of the field, is what saved Irish blushes in Paris on Saturday. It should never have come to this. Ireland, clearly in control of the game from the...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 1: Introduction

First and foremost, you'll have to forgive me, as this is the most polarising series I've ever written. Mainly, because of frustration. There's a popular theory about the definition of insanity by Einstein. Even though it was debunked that it...
Italy v England Second Screen

Video: Italy v England Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Italy v England match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. The clinical play of England was not really a surprise, but what was...

Wales v Scotland Reviewed: The Scarlets Effect

Ladies and Gentlemen, I did not expect this. Wales were brilliant today. Fast, full of endeavour, their handling was crisp, their timing of their runs on point, their lines good and their alignment; Oh, their alignment was something else....
France v Ireland Second Screen

Video: France v Ireland Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the France v Ireland match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. You will want to see Gareth's reaction to both the Teddy Thomas try...
Wales v Scotland Second Screen

Video: Wales v Scotland Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Wales v Scotland match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. And if that wasn't enough reason, as far as we know, this is...

Ireland’s patterns and tactics part 7: Altering Patterns

As we know from the prior articles Ireland essentially have two attack patterns (or families); namely the 1-3-3-1 Looper and the Twos. But this does not mean that Ireland sticks to them rigidly. They have variations, they have cases...

Player height/weight + caps based Six Nations Week 1 predictions

Finally, the Six Nations has arrived, it's time to make some Six Nations Week 1 predictions. And for this Kiwi who has generally been disinterested and bored with the Six Nations (and northern hemisphere rugby in general), I’m truly excited...

Ireland’s patterns and tactics part 6: Key players

Now, remember, Ireland also have their kicking game. Which is arguably the most honed and accurate in the World. For this, you need Conor Murray and Jonny Sexton. But while both players are clearly the choices to implement Ireland's kicking...

Ireland’s patterns and tactics part 5: Success factors

There are certain things that are required for Ireland's patterns to be fully effective, I like to refer to them as their success factors. As can be seen from the prior articles in this series Ireland's patterns are vulnerable. Most...

The Eddie Jones England Attack part 5: Summary and Kicking Strategies

In this final instalment of the series, I am going to run through an overview of England's box kicking strategies. If you haven't been through the first four articles they can be found here (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3...

DNA Series: What is the Welsh DNA?

What is Welsh DNA? Are the current Welsh team playing to their DNA? We ask these questions and more. Before we look at the Welsh DNA, a huge shout out must go out to Gareth Jones for taking the time...
Six Nations Week 1 Preview

Video: Six Nations Week 1 Preview

Six Nations Week 1 Preview from The 1014 Rugby The 1014 Rugby run through the selections, look at what they might bring and discuss expectations. There is also discussion on two sets of statements that need to be considered when...
Six Nations winners

Six Nations winners and their win loss record

Getting off to a winning start in the Six Nations is important for all teams to start building momentum. Only two teams since 2000 have gone on to win the competition after losing their first match; a mere 11%. These...

Ireland’s patterns and tactics part 4: Twos

As you can probably guess the 1-3-3-1 pattern is not exactly free-flowing. It is highly regimented and geared for multiple phases across the park. When Ireland want to cut loose they employ another pattern that combines with the 3...

DNA Series: What is the English DNA?

What is English DNA? Are the current English team playing to their DNA? We ask these questions and more. Before we look at the English DNA, a huge shout out must go out to Conor Wilson for taking the time...

Wales are having a backline revolution, but the forwards are the key.

The narrative for Wales this Six Nations will be assessing the success of the radical change in game plan. Two playmakers, and attacking fullback, running tries from open play are all analysts will be talking about – and probably complaining...

Ireland’s patterns and tactics part 3: Decoy & Splitter

There are many variations to Ireland's tactic of playing to their 3-3-1 pattern. Here is another example of the play from a set piece, except it ends with a decoy move this time, rather than a Looper play. Note It should...

The Eddie Jones England Attack part 4: Fitness of the Forwards

One of the key elements that Jones has focused on is the fitness of his squad. In particular the pack. The fitness that Jones requires is entirely different to the fitness regime of the England squad in 2015. The fitness...
Six Nations 2018 Tournament Preview

Video: Six Nations 2018 Tournament Preview

Six Nations 2018 Tournament Preview from The 1014 Rugby Six Nations 2018 is almost upon us and The 1014 Rugby look back at the past seasons to see if there are patterns emerging. And if they can predict what the...

Ireland’s patterns and tactics part 2: 3-3-1 Looper

Ireland, have maintained their kicking game. To this day they still use their box kicking ability very effectively. They have since evolved their attacking game. This, is down to two patterns. In this article, we shall be focusing on the...

DNA Series: What is the Scottish DNA?

What is Scottish DNA? Are the current Scottish team playing to their DNA? We ask these questions and more. Before we look at the Scottish DNA, a huge shout out must go out to Paul Futers for taking the time...

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