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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...
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...
The Bledisloe Cup

The Bledisloe Cup: Will it be Australia’s Time?

It was a significantly more successful Super Rugby season for Australia's teams. Encapsulated by the sporadic Waratahs managing a quarter-final victory over the Highlanders before getting mauled by the Lions. So who will be the men to attempt what hasn't...

Tier 2 World Cup schedule winners and losers

The 19th team (Africa 1) to qualify for next year's World Cup will be decided next week on the 18th August. Depth and fitness will be essential for teams' success at next year's World Cup. But by analysing the schedule,...
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...
FIFA World Cup

Comparing the FIFA World Cup with Rugby

If we are to compare World Cups it will come as no surprise to anyone that FIFA World Cups have been far more competitive than rugby's down the ages. Although the difference is perhaps not quite so glaring if we...
Rugby World Cup Standings

Rugby World Cup Standings

The June internationals are over and the Rugby World Cup is only 15 months away! I thought I'd take a look at how the teams who have qualified for next year's World Cup in Japan are performing in their various...

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....
June Internationals

Video: All Blacks v France. June Internationals

We've been getting a lot of questions on various platforms asking us exactly what we are up to for the June Internationals. @The1014Rugby Boy's when you back? plenty of test matches soon and I need my fix! pic.twitter.com/DalyulsPDy— Tony Ward...
Armand try

The Don Armand Question

Every time an England squad has been named over the last two years, the question is raised about Don Armand. Should he be in the squad? Most people in the media say they would pick him, and he is often...

England’s Backline Carrier Problem

No power centre in South Africa The recent withdrawal of Ben Te'o leaves England's squad for South Africa with a problem of balance in the centres. The players who might play there include Owen Farrell, Piers Francis, Elliot Daly, Alex...

Revision of June Internationals

As rugby fans, we get excited by international rugby. Whether it's the Six Nations or the Rugby Championship, we love international rugby. But once our teams are winning, do we question the state of international rugby? Do we ask...

Media Ignores Global Rugby

Almost two centuries after emerging from the public schools of Britain, rugby has yet to shed its elitist mentality entirely, and nowhere is this more apparent than in media coverage of the sport. On May 12th the game witnessed another...
Gregor Townsend - Scotland head coach. Australia v Scotland, Allianz Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia, Saturday 17th June 2017 Copyright photo: David Gibson / Fotosport / www.photosport.nz

Scotland’s Summer Tour squad announcement

Scotland’s Summer Tour squad announcement has been made. Players left at home, players rested, new players brought in. And a new captain. What does this squad look like, particularly against the set of development aims outlined in my previous article...

England’s Touring Squad – Goals and Key Players

Eddie Jones has selected his touring party for South Africa. There were a number of players unavailable, captain Dylan Hartley, British & Irish Lions Jonathan Joseph, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes and Anthony Watson and several other senior squad members. Jones...
The International Pro14

The International Pro14

A look at the international aspect of the Pro14 With the League Stage of the Pro14 coming to an end I thought I'd take a look at the relative performances not of individual teams but of the nations involved. To do...
Rugby in the Arabian Gulf

Rugby in the Arabian Gulf

For the last 5 years, I have lived in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. During that time I have been a player and youth coach with Abu Dhabi Harlequins. I will be leaving the Gulf...
USA Rugby Revolution

Video: USA Rugby Revolution

The 1014 Rugby predict a USA Rugby Revolution. We examine the new structures put in place. How the Olympics changed rugby forever. And we look at the exciting MLR, Major League Rugby as it starts up. A brief history We touch on...
Gregor Townsend - Scotland head coach. Australia v Scotland, Allianz Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia, Saturday 17th June 2017 Copyright photo: David Gibson / Fotosport / www.photosport.nz

Scotland’s aims for 2018 Tour of Americas

The article will summarise the development aims for Scotland’s tour of the Americas this summer. Taking into consideration the time-line to the Rugby World Cup 2019 and their results since Gregor Townsend took charge. Areas for improvement To identify Scotland’s areas...
Eligibility Laws

World Rugby’s Eligibility Laws and why they need to change

After the Rugby Europe Championship 2018 came to a conclusion, there has been a lot of discussions about eligibility laws as a few of the competing countries could have had non-qualified players playing for their teams. What makes this a...
Beneath The Six Nations 2018 - Tier 2

Video: Beneath The Six Nations 2018 – Tier 2

The 1014 Rugby chat with Gordon Hanlon, Director of Rugby for TSV Handschuhsheim in Germany. Beneath the Six Nations explores the European structure outside Tier 1. Gordon offers a unique insight and sheds light on some controversial topics, including RWC...
Bundee Aki creating a try against Italy from "second five-eighth".

Inside the Inside-Centre Issue

As Brad Shields gathered Jordi Barret’s under-the-legs pass and shifted it on to Ngani Laumape for another Hurricanes try, the commentator, in a moment of excitement, bellowed "England’s next number six". This got me thinking how a fine player, long...

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