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NZ Media has left fans disgruntled and looking for alternatives. And it alienates potential foreign visitors. COPYRIGHT: FOTOSPORT/DAVID GIBSON

NZ Media Hurts Our Image, but Fans Hold Key To Change

In New Zealand, Rugby’s heart lies in community, family and friendship. While many foreigners don’t get our humour, passion or our pride for rugby, I think what is having a profound affect on our image, is the way our...
Ollie Campbell and Tony Ward, greatness personified.

Tantalisingly Close to Greatness

Any Irish rugby fan of a certain generation will be aware of the great rivalry between two of the greatest out-halves ever to play for Ireland: Ollie Campbell and Tony Ward. Both superb players, but very different in the...
Scottish rugby fans. Photo: Richard Hood/Photosport.co.nz

Scottish Rugby, Underrated or simply not good enough?

The 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand was in many ways a success for the home nations, only losing once to New Zealand in the three-game test series. This achievement is something every person in Britain and Ireland should...
World Rugby needs a global season. Without it the game may fall away.

Open letter: World Rugby and a global season

Hi lads, Great to see The 1014 growing in strength since your videos on the Lions tour. I have been watching your show regularly and have kept up with The Rugby Championship low-down with coverage just from your show....
Jerome Kaino celebrates a try in 2016 against the Wallabies. Photo: www.Photosport.nz

Jerome Kaino: is he still New Zealand’s number 6?

Jerome Kaino. Is he still New Zealand's number 6? After a momentous effort from the All Blacks against a previously impenetrable Springboks side, there are few questions that need answering. Yes, they haven't been put under significant pressure in The...
Is the All Black dominance good? We have found opinions divided here at The 1014. © Copyright Photo: Paul Seiser / www.Photosport.nz

Is the All Blacks dominance bad for rugby?

We need to consider the impact of the All Blacks' dominance on the popularity of the sport. The recent victory over South Africa highlights the obvious superior skill set of the All Blacks and the lack of excitement for the...
Ellis Park, the home of many a great test. But why is it always SA v NZ in the 6th round in SA? The itinerary needs to be looked at. By Leglo09, via Wikimedia Commons

The Rugby Championship itinerary – is it fair?

Why on earth is the itinerary for The Rugby Championship (TRC) largely the same year on year? Longtime community commenter Dusty Pink raised this point recently; "TRC has had - more or less - the exact same schedule since the...
The great Gareth Edwards during the 1974 tour. I'm suggesting tours that are months long. But tours that branch out from just Test matches. Connect with the community. PHOTO: Fotosport/Photsport

What has happened to the great rugby tours?

There is so much rugby available to watch nowadays. We have numerous international tournaments; the 6 Nations, the Rugby Championship, mid-year tours, year-end tours, to name but a few. But where are the tours of old, travelling to another country...

The Wallabies Outside Back Conundrum

In recent times, the back three of the Wallabies has been extensively questioned. Currently, the Wallabies are using a combination featuring NRL convert Israel Folau at fullback, with bruising winger Henry Speight and Australia's long range sharpshooter, Reece Hodge on...
I bet these Georgian fans would love to be involved in the 6N or even a promotion/relegation match. Photo Martin Seras Lima

The Georgian Question

On Monday a question popped up on our You Tube channel regarding Georgia in what I am referring to as The Georgian Question. This question came out of the blue, without prompt, which makes me think it is like the...
Some of the questions and concerns around Beauden Barrett's goal kicking.

Beauden Barrett’s Goal kicking

In a recent video that we posted there were a number of common threads running through the comments; one was Beauden Barrett's goalkicking. Before we go any further, I think Beauden Barrett is one of the finest players ever to...
The great Richie McCaw owned the number 7 jersey for the best part of 15 years. But who now? COPYRIGHT: FOTOSPORT/DAVID GIBSON

Number 7

Since the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the number 7 jersey has been one of the most greatly contested jerseys in the modern All Black era. Following the departure of McCaw, there have been great hopes for a revolutionary openside to...

Critique the All Blacks

In our last video, which was the review of round three of The Rugby Championship we suggested that the All Blacks would not have been happy with their performance. This seemed to stir the ire of a number of people,...
Why should 23 fit into 15

Why should 23 fit into 15?

My favourite sport by far is International Rugby. Unfortunately, in my opinion, its potential is being eroded by the use of the numerous replacements allowed in modern Tests. In broad terms, I favour going back to 15 on 15. 15...

Why are French Referees so Controversial?

Following the end of the British and Irish Lions' tour there was a spate of articles, comment and analysis of Romain Poite's refereeing. More accurately, the decision at the end of the 3rd Test to award a scrum rather than...
George North Needs a Change, but what is it? © Sport the library/Jeff Crow

George North Needs a Change

Following the 2017 Lions Tour, it is evident that George North needs a change in his career to fulfill his potential. George North was unfortunately forced to withdraw from the Tour following a hamstring injury. Obviously my...
Saracens celebrate on the back of Suffocation Rugby.

Suffocation Rugby

In the build up to the first British and Irish Lions test against the All Blacks, the travelling nations’ media obsession with ‘Suffocation Rugby’ appeared to catch much of the New Zealand public off-guard. But what exactly is this system,...
By Craig ONeal - Is The Boss a Lions Supporter?~Live!, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4994575

Can’t support over-hyped Lions

I own all of Bruce Springsteen’s albums, with one exception. ‘We Shall Overcome’ was released in 2006 to great fanfare. Bruce had ditched his normal band and teamed up with a group of ragamuffin folk musicians. This group achieved the...
Ian Foster v Warren Gatland. Can Gatland mastermind a Lions victory over the All Blacks?

Nobody beats Ireland 29 times in a row! Schmidt gambled brilliantly, but Foster worked...

5 million people showed up in Chicago to celebrate the Cubs ending a 108-year drought in baseball’s World Series on Friday 4th November 2016. The next day the Irish rugby team ended a similar length drought against the All Blacks,...
The 1924 All Blacks pay their respects at the grave of Original captain Dave Gallaher

Empire of Dirt. Sean O’Brien and the evolution of the workhorse.

The industrial revolution forged the character associated with the indomitable spirit of the British Bulldog. The teak-tough, hard working grafter. The laudable idea of the man who ‘puts in a shift’ was born. Organised and codified sport, a novel concept...

The stark difference between NZ and the Northern Hemisphere

On the 13th September 2010, James Thomson Greenwood passed away at the ripe old age of 81. The close-knit Scottish rugby community mourned him and, in relative obscurity, his family grieved as any other would. However, Jim Greenwood was an...

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