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Rugby and FIFA World Cup qualification processes: What’s the difference?

FIFA and Rugby World Cup qualifying differences There are glaringly obvious FIFA and Rugby World Cup qualifying differences, as well as in their respective World Cups. But there are some subtle differences which illustrate the aims and values of the two...
Opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Finals in 2006.

Applying FIFA World Cup qualification process to rugby – 3

This is the third and final article on my view of how the FIFA World Cup qualification process could be adopted by rugby. To get the complete picture of my thought process take a look at Part 1 and Part...

Applying FIFA World Cup qualification process to rugby – 2

In the first article on the FIFA World Cup qualification process, we looked at that process. We also loosely proposed a possible application in rugby. This article goes into a bit more detail about how it may work. If you...
The FIFA World Cup Trophy.

Applying FIFA World Cup qualification process to rugby – 1

What would happen if the FIFA World Cup qualification process was applied to Rugby? This is a question that I have pondered on many occasions. I see football as a genuine threat to the future of rugby in New Zealand...

How to predict a World Cup

We keep hearing that the 2017 November tests are mainly for building depth of national squads and that the results are irrelevant. So, which results are most important? To answer this question, we will use 2012, 2013 and 2014 test...
Harumichi Tatekawa will be an important member of the squad at home. Photo by Yohei Osada/AFLO SPORT

How will Japan perform in their own World Cup?

The 2015 Rugby World Cup was still a huge success, despite England crashing out in the group stages. However, big sporting events always seem to benefit when the host country does well. So how does Japan look ahead of 2019?...
If Ireland make the RWC19 Final their team make up based on their last competitive match could look like this.

RWC19: Ireland, 2 years out

We’re two years out from the Rugby World Cup, and a question on every rugby fanatic's mind is how will Ireland perform this time around? Positioned 4th on the rugby world ranking, it would seem a semi-final could be a...
RWC2019 - Pool A

Video: Rugby World Cup 2019 – POOL A

The 1014 take a look at Pool A for the 2019 RWC. Or, as it is now known in The Shed, #RWC2019PartyPool. Can the hosts upset one of the traditional big boys? Can Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown repeat the magic...
The Webb Ellis Cup. What it's all about.

How to win a Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is less than two years away and the November Internationals are almost upon us. As such, the questions that all rugby fans should be asking is; how do you win a World Cup? What lessons can...
RWC23, where should it be held?

Where should RWC23 be held?

In a little over two months, on November 17th, World Rugby will decide who hosts the 2023 RWC. Here at The 1014 we have been asking the question about who should host it. We have asked people to take their...

Women’s World Cup Review

The Women's World Cup in Ireland has been a huge success. Record numbers of people watched matches, engaged in social media and some of the largest crowds for the game turned out. New Zealand's Black Ferns came out on top in...
Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz

RWC 2019 – Pool of death and THE PARTY POOL!

The pools have been decided for RWC 2019. Alas, the English find themselves in the pool of death once more. But the great news is, there is a sneaky little pool that will be making a lot of noise.   BREAKING:...
KYOTO, JAPAN - MAY 09: The Webb Ellis Cup stands at Nijo Castle on the eve of the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 Pool Draw, on May 9, 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. The Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 draw takes place on May 10, in Kyoto, Japan. (Photo by Dave Rogers - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

2019 RWC: Our old adversaries and South Africa

The draw in Kyoto yesterday for the 2019 RWC sees the All Blacks in line to face their old adversaries and South Africa. For the sixth time in nine World Cups we will be facing the Italians in pool play....

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