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Ireland v England | Can Joe Schmidt Fix Ireland’s Problems?

As we all sat down to watch Ireland v England, not many of us would have predicted the way in which Joe Schmidt's master plan would be picked apart by Eddie Jones and his squad. The Ireland side that...
Ireland v England Tactics

Ireland v England Tactics | How England Dismantled Ireland

England's tactical approach to beat Ireland was not a subtle one. Starting with their defence, the overwhelming pressure England applied was visible across almost every phase. To find out exactly how England dismantled Ireland we need to start from...

Scotland’s Strengths and Weaknesses for the Upcoming 6 Nations

Scotland's strategy allows for plenty of freedom and creativity, and this can produce some interesting results when they come up against the more structure-obsessed sides in the 6 Nations. Here we will present Scotland's strengths under Gregor Townsend, and...
Ireland’s New Attacking Plays

Ireland’s New Attacking Plays: What can we Expect this Six Nations?

In today's article, we are going to delve into the advancement of Ireland's Attacking Play. Over the course of 2018, we saw a lot of moves that we have seen before, but we also saw new formations, tracking runners that...

How Ireland’s Weaknesses will be Hidden from 6 Nations Opponents

Ireland has been playing so well recently, the argument could be made they have zero weaknesses. Many nations have tried to exploit Ireland's weaknesses only to find that the space they were trying to expose suddenly doesn't exist. A...

Why England’s Tactics are Different to Every Other 6 Nations Side

In this year's 6 Nations, there will be many intelligent and innovative coaches strategising on the big stage. It may be surprising to hear, however, that England's tactics under Eddie Jones break from the norm of their 6 Nations...

Statistical analysis: England’s try-scoring trends

An analysis of England's try-scoring trends against Tier 1 opposition between 2016 and 2018 – as well as looking at other descriptive measures of the team’s play - shows that they are comfortable having less possession than the opposition...

The Most Effective All Blacks Tactics from their Loss to Ireland

The All Blacks lost to Ireland due to a great number of things the Irish did right. You can read about Ireland’s perfect breakdown in particular here, where we deconstruct how Ireland use military grade decision-making to dominate this area....

Statistical analysis: Ireland’s try-scoring trends

An analysis of Ireland's try-scoring trends against Tier 1 opposition between 2016 and 2018 – as well as looking at other descriptive measures of the team’s play - shows that they have had success operating a disciplined, possession-heavy gameplan....

How Ireland Used their Perfect Breakdown to Nullify the All Blacks

When trying to beat the All Blacks, the number of tactics that have been used is too many to count. Entire strategies have become scapegoats for heavy losses and have subsequently been thrown on the scrapheap. But there is one...

Six Nations Home Advantage Quantified

Six Nations Home Advantage Quantified. During this World Cup cycle, England, Ireland, France and Scotland have all beaten every six nations side at least once. Wales haven't beaten England since the start of 2016 at this point. However, England will...

The 3 Factors that could Deliver Wales a 6 Nations Victory

Although Wales use the same systems as most of their 6 Nations counterparts, they are different in a few key areas. For a 6 Nations victory to eventuate for Wales, Warren Gatland must ensure they play up these differences and...

How Eddie Jones Almost Won a Hypothetical World Cup Final

England and the All Blacks will begin their World Cup journeys in Japan on different sides of the draw. If Eddie Jones and Steve Hansen do square off at the World Cup, it will be in perhaps the most...

How Steve Hansen used 3 Gameplans during All Blacks Win V England

In less than two minutes the All Blacks found themselves a try down in front of a boisterous Twickenham crowd. A fired up England side had just blitzed them off the park from kick off. From this unlikely position,...
Is the next evolution in attacking rugby about to appear?

The Fox Pattern – Next Evolution of Attacking Rugby?

Today's article is a different one. It's an opinion piece, more than an analysis one. It doesn't analyse a team in particular, but rather, opens up about The Fox Pattern, a concept in attack I've been thinking about for...
Steve Hansens Chess Moves

Steve Hansen’s Chess Moves from Comeback Win over the Springboks

When the All Blacks lose, a nationwide panic of sorts often ensues. Steve Hansen found himself at the epicentre of this after the Springboks recorded their famous 36–34 win in Wellington. An epic rematch in Pretoria was looming, and...
Beating the All Blacks at home

How the Springboks Beating the All Blacks Impacts the World Cup

As Rassie Erasmus and the Springboks arrived in Wellington, the pressure from back home had reached fever pitch. Playing the All Blacks is a high risk/ high reward prospect. Erasmus had one week’s preparation to accomplish a mammoth task...

20 ways to improve your chances against the All Blacks

England and Ireland have the chance to take on the worlds best team this autumn. When I read articles and listen to podcasts about the games, there are a lot of clichés bandied around. For example, pundits often say things...
Rugby World Cup Standings

World Cup Standings One Year Out

Less than a year to go to the Rugby World Cup in Japan! At the end of September I took another look at the world cup standings one year out from Tokyo 2019. If you have not seen my first...
Rush 10 Fulcrum Defence against the Lions

How to make the All Blacks perfect: Part 2: Rush 10 Triangle Defence

In the first part of this series, Brumby Mode was introduced and examples given of why the All Blacks need to wise up to this tactic. Whilst Brumby Mode is effective, and ideal for wet weather conditions, teams can wise...
Japan

Japan Digest: Japan vs All Blacks

Japan has improved massively since their 145-17 humiliating defeat to the All Blacks during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. But as a Tier 2 side, they are still a long way away from being competitive against the All Blacks...
Jamie Joseph's Depth Chart

Jamie Joseph’s Depth Chart

I have recently written an article that analyses the players Jamie Joseph will be relying on for success during this year's November tests and next year's World Cup based on the number of caps players have. Inspired by The 1014...

The All Blacks running ten

Barrett, McKenzie, and Larkham. The 1st thing we have to understand, when considering the All Blacks running ten is what all three of these men have in common. Beauden Barrett, Damien McKenzie, and Stephen Larkham. Three of the most naturally...
Jamie Jospeh's Japan

Jamie Joseph’s Caps

The last Top League tournament before the 2019 Rugby World Cup has officially started. At this stage of the World Cup cycle, Jamie Joseph will have more focus on putting his strongest match-day 23 together rather than bringing in new...
Wasps 3-1-2 system

The 3-1-2 system

England have recently employed a 1-2-2-2 +1 system. This is only a little less complicated than it sounds. A series of articles by Conor Wilson, here, explain the concept in much more detail than I will go into. Essentially the...
England's Tactics

Tactics: South Africa v England 3rd Test

England finally broke their losing streak against South Africa at Newlands. The first two matches of the series were fast paced games at altitude. This game was at sea level and played in wet weather. As a result, the...
Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand New Zealandís Beauden Barrett on his way to scoring a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Analyse This – How do you defend a Beauden Barrett Try?

This is the first of our Analyse This articles, a series where we ask our readers to solve a particular problem. In this case, how would you defend this attack by Beauden Barrett and the All Blacks? This clip is...

Tactics: South Africa v England

South Africa v England, what a game! England opens with one of the best 20-minute spells you will ever see. South Africa pull off an astonishing comeback from 3-24 down to lead at halftime. The Springboks take full control...
How to make the All Blacks perfect

How to make the All Blacks perfect: Part 1: Brumby Mode

"You've got to take on their weaknesses, and they've got significant weaknesses. I'm not going to share them with you now; in 2018 I will" - Eddie Jones, 2016. Eddie Jones stated in 2016, that the All Blacks have weaknesses....

Tactics: Racing 92 v Munster

The Racing 92 performance in their recent Champions Cup Semi-Final win over Munster was surprising to many people. They looked so comfortable. The result was never in doubt. Racing led 27-3 after 62 minutes. And yet, this game was tactically...

England’s 7 Problem

England's Problem Position England haven't really used a traditional 7 since Neil Back retired. For brief moments, players like Andy Hazell or Tom Rees looked like they might go on to become permanent fixtures. Unfortunately, through injury or selection, it...
Champion coach. Champion team.

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland: What makes a Champion Coach and Team?

Congratulations to Ireland. Ireland were in full control of that game. And in his selection, Eddie Jones showed a panic in changing his side that I would not have expected of such a seasoned coach. He made selection changes that...

Tactics: England v Ireland

Congratulations Ireland on a historic third Grand Slam. This was yet another intelligent and clinical performance from the men in green. In this article, I will explore some of the tactics Ireland used in beating England. England themselves have now...
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...

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...

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...
Modern rugby

Video: Modern rugby an overview

The 1014 Rugby look at modern rugby through the lens of a coach's playbook. Add to this the comments from both Eddie Jones and Scott Robertson regarding defence and it becomes apparent how important systems are. Yes, playing what...
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,...

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...

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