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Italy v Wales 2019 Six Nations

Video: Italy v Wales 2019 Six Nations Review

The Italy v Wales 2019 Six Nations match was a frustrating affair with countless unforced errors from both sides. There is no doubt that the Italian defence has improved out of sight from the 2018 tournament. Sadly, their attack...
Scotland v Ireland tactics

Scotland v Ireland | The Moments That Cost Scotland Victory

In this years 6 Nations, Scotland v Ireland pitted two mastermind coaches against each other. Both Joe Schmidt and Gregor Townsend understand the dark arts of elite level strike moves and generating defensive mismatches. Ireland won, and that result...

Video: Scotland v Ireland 2019 Six Nations Review

The Scotland v Ireland 2019 Six Nations match provided Ireland their fifth win from their last six visits to Edinburgh. It also extended the unwanted record for Scotland. That of not scoring a second half against Ireland. In the...
England v France tactics

England v France Tactics | Why France Failed to Expose England

France were unceremoniously demolished at Twickenham by an England side that appeared to have no weaknesses. However, the truth is France were sometimes just a few passes from finding space. Let's look at the England v France tactics and...
England v France

England v France | England’s Multi-Phase Moves Revealed

England v France should have been another tense affair, with England grinding a second win in their first home game of the 6 Nations. Instead, we witnessed a 44-8 annihilation. England's plans for beating France were constructed over multiple...
England v France 2019 Six Nations

Video: England v France 2019 Six Nations Review

The England v France 2019 Six Nations match was won by England. Not only won, but won by 36 points. Only once before in Test rugby have they won by a greater margin against France – a 37-0 victory...
The England Way

The New England Way Part 1: Defence

"We Go Again" Since 2016, these three simple words, screamed by players and captain alike, symbolise The England Way. Hartley repeated it in the changing rooms after the Australia tour. Billy Vunipola screamed this to his players before their final first...
Scotland v Italy tactics

Scotland v Italy Tactics | Why Italy Can’t Keep Up In The 6 Nations

I don't write this article as a disrespectful criticism of Italy. But after their opening 6 Nations loss to Scotland, a wave a deja-vu must be washing over their fanbase. Every 6 Nations Italy tout improvements, but can't quite keep...
Scotland v Italy

Scotland v Italy | Scotland’s Game-Changing Innovation

While other international sides modify structures slightly to suit their purposes, Scotland is busy re-writing the book from scratch. In this Scotland v Italy 6 Nations clash, Scotland played barbarian-style rugby at times while also retaining a ruthless streak. This...
Scotland v Italy 2019 Six Nations

Video: Scotland v Italy 2019 Six Nations Review

The Scotland v Italy 2019 Six Nations could well go down as a turning point in Finn Russell's Scottish career, such was his composure on the ball. Stuart Hogg moved to third on the all time list of running...
France v Wales analysis

France v Wales Analysis | Was Wales Win Luck Or Skill?

After Wales overcame a 16 point deficit to beat France, it wasn't entirely clear whether they had earned their victory or were gifted the win through French mistakes. The answer could determine whether Gatland's men can keep their win streak...
France v Wales

France v Wales | How France Blew A 16 Point Lead

With all the pressure associated with the first game of the 6 Nations, this France v Wales clash was bound to be a spectacle. France would deliver a beautiful first-half performance to build a formidable 16 point lead, then...
Six Nations Momentum Chart

Six Nations Momentum Chart

Momentum in the Six Nations can't be ignored. Here we look at graphical representations of what a Six Nations Momentum Chart looks like. Six Nations Momentum Chart The first plot (with orange and grey bars) visualises the win record for the...
France v Wales 2019 Six Nations Review

Video: France v Wales 2019 Six Nations Review

The France v Wales 2019 Six Nations match will go down in history as one of the great performances comebacks in the tournaments. Warren Gatland suggested in the post match press conference that Wales have forgotten how to lose....
Ireland v England

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...
Ireland v England Six Nations 2019 Review

Video: Ireland v England 2019 Six Nations Review

The Ireland v England 2019 Six Nations match will go down in history as one of the great performances from England. Stopping Ireland at home in the Six Nations had been beyond everyone since Joe Schmidt took over. The 1014...

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...
Six Nations Momentum

Six Nations Momentum Quantified

The draw for a Six Nations tournament attracts a lot of attention. Fans across the world look through the same lens to see how favourable their team's schedule is. This lens is the when and where they face each of...

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 Preview Analysis

Video: Six Nations Preview Analysis

In the Six Nations Preview Analysis The 1014 Rugby preview how the Six Nations teams like to play. The following are covered in detail: England's tackle technique Ireland's pod system Scotland's incredibly talented backline Wales' defensive wall Sadly, there was not...

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 famous French rugby emblem. By TaraO - Own work

French Rugby’s New Golden Generation?

When I was growing up in the 1990's, French rugby seemed so full of flair and imagination. Even the kit was better! Remember those classic light blue Adidas kits with white shorts and red socks? When was the last time...

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...
Six Nations Draw

Video: Six Nations Draw

The Six Nations draw is often underplayed, however, it is one of the most crucial pieces in putting together a successful Six Nations puzzle. This year's Six Nations draw is a replica of the final round last year in which...

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,...
Six Nations Form Guide

Video: Six Nations Form Guide

The Six Nations Form Guide examines the form of all six teams since last years instalment of the tournament. The form of a number of the teams will be quite surprising. Six Nations Form Guide Since last year's Six Nations the teams...
Will Wales Six Nations fixture list see a repeat of 2012 Photo: National Assembly for Wales, via Flickr

Why Wales’ Six Nations fixtures hold the keys to this year’s Tournament

The Six Nations fixtures, like every year are intriguing to review. Autumn Results This year's tournament promises to be one of the best ever. In the autumn, Ireland recorded their first home win over the All Blacks. Wales beat the Springboks...

Rugby World Cup 2019 – Qualified Teams 2018 Performances

Less than 8 months to World Cup 2019 Now that all the teams for the Rugby World Cup 2019 are known I take another look at how they have performed since the start of 2018. As in the other articles in...
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...
Warren Gatland and the All Blacks Job Interview

Video: Warren Gatland and the All Blacks Job

The Warren Gatland and the All Blacks Job interview is part of a series of interviews with Warren Gatland that The 1014 Rugby will be releasing throughout the Six Nations. In this video Warren Gatland touches on the subject of the...

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...

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