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All Blacks Winning Factor: Fitness and Efficiency

Before the Springbok game, we thought the All Blacks were back to mortality. Or nearing it. We saw them struggle with the rush defence against the Lions. The Wallabies pushed them hard, very hard and you could argue they were...
Springbok Analysis

Springbok Analysis

2016 was a year to forget for the Springboks; however, it appears they have turned a corner in 2017. Here in The Shed, Gareth and I run the ruler over what they are trying to achieve, what they have achieved...
Aaron Smith scores against Argentina at RWC2015. This was the test I first noticed The Flood being used as an All Blacks attacking pattern. Photo: Matthew Impey

Development of All Blacks attacking pattern

The Rugby Championship of 2016 was a resounding success for the All Blacks. One thing I noted is that, while the All Blacks have always had their 2-4-2 structure in place, they have made significant strides in becoming far more...
Can the Lions stop All Black Beauden Barrett?

The 1014 Show: Can the Lions stop Beauden Barrett?

Is it possible to stop Beauden Barrett? In the space of one year, he has taken the All Blacks #10 jersey and redefined it. Barrett's try in Dublin last year is the stuff of legend, and it is possibly the...
What is Warrenball? Will Warren Gatland's Lions use it?

What is Warrenball? Can it beat the All Blacks?

What is Warrenball? It's a term often used and never explained in detail. The term Warrenball was coined and used carelessly during the Lions Tour of Australia in 2013, however, Warren Gatland himself has asked what it means exactly. It...

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