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Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll leads his team out during the first test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday 25 June, 2005. The All Blacks won the match 21-3. Photo: Fotosport/PHOTOSPORT.

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Centre

Is Brian O'Driscoll the greatest centre ever to play the game? I think that is a fair enough question. Sure, everyone has an opinion on this. To some, it would be Philippe Sella, to others Bruce Robertson, and to...
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The Lions Squad – Crash Course – The Tight Five

The tight five, this is where the battle for The Lions Series will start, the engine room. Northern hemisphere teams pride themselves on their tight five units. The British & Irish Lions love to scrum, maul and enjoy physically imposing...
Lions player Jeremy Guscott during a rugby union test match between the British Lions and the All Blacks, 1993. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Second five-eighth

Such is the strange world of sports analysis and debate that the discussion point most frequently associated with Aaron Mauger relates to a game he was sitting firmly in the stands for. The game of course, is the 2007...
Mooloo Lion King. Warren Gatland - Waikato front row, 1992 NPC Rugby. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport.co.nz

Warren Gatland – The Lion King

The 1014 is proud of a true master of Kiwi ingenuity, The Lion King. Warren Gatland OBE from Hamilton, completes his Lions Triple Tour this month. Gatland first joined the last great touring side as Forwards Coach in South Africa...

Have the Lions suffered their biggest loss already?

Last weekend we learnt that Billy Vunipola will miss the Lions tour due to a shoulder injury. Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour to New Zealand due to injury https://t.co/dCYFHxgeQN #LionsNZ2017 pic.twitter.com/a3MaMRvnCN— British&Irish Lions...
Jonah Lomu in space, New Zealand All Blacks v England, international rugby union test match, 1998. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Left Wing

When compiling the list of players fighting for each position in our hypothetical team there were four players that inked their names in for the All Blacks without so much as a mild debate here in The Shed. Left...
All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter in action during the first test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday 25 June, 2005. The All Blacks won the match 21-3. Photo: Fotosport/PHOTOSPORT.

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: First five-eighth

Is Dan Carter the greatest player in his position of all time? At his peak there was no one better. Possibly there has been no greater player ever, in any position. His performance against the Lions in Wellington will...
Aaron Smith leads the Haka. New Zealand All Blacks v Argentina Pumas. Test match rugby union. The Rugby Championship. FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. Saturday 10 September 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Halfback

Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s there were two schools of thought in New Zealand. One, that Justin Marshall was the correct halfback for the All Blacks and the other, that Byron Kelleher was; it seemed at times...
Kieran Read of New Zealand reacts. New Zealand All Blacks v Australian Wallabies, Bledisloe Cup, rugby union test match, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 October 2016. © Copyright Image: www.photosport.nz

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Number Eight

Number Eight is without a doubt the most difficult position to select when looking at the Lions sides of the professional era. No fewer than six players have started a test in that position, but only two; Quinnell in...
CAPTION: ALL BLACK FLANKER RICHIE McCAW WAITS ON TREATMENT FOR A BADLY CUT HEAD NEW ZEALAND V BRITISH & IRISH LIONS, 2ND TEST, WESTPAC STADIUM, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, SATURDAY 3RD JULY 2005 COPYRIGHT: FOTOSPORT/DAVID GIBSON

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Openside Flanker

When Michael Jones burst onto the scene at RWC 1987, many thought they were seeing the greatest player that would ever wear the Number 7 jersey on a rugby field. For a time they were correct. That was until...
All Black flanker Jerry Collins drinks from the Bledisloe Cup after the Bledisloe Cup rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia on Saturday 29 July, 2006. The All Blacks won the match 13 - 9. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Blindside Flanker

The Lions Number 6 jersey has seen its fair share of occupants over the last 20 years. The fact that no one player has been ever-present throughout a series goes someway to outlining how difficult the position has been...
Martin Johnson shakes hands with John Eales after the rugby union test match between the British Lions and Australia, Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, on 7 July 2001. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Locks

The Lions have been truly blessed over the years with some of the greatest locks to ever play the game, and sitting near the very top of that list is the indomitable Martin Johnson. No Lions XV, professional era...
All Blacks Carl Hayman and Tony Woodcock hold the Bledisloe Cup after the Tri Nations Bledisloe Cup match between the All Blacks and Australia at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday 3 September, 2005. The All Blacks defeated the Wallabies 34-24 to retain the Bledisloe Cup and win the Tri Nations. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Tighthead Prop

Tighthead prop has been a real pillar of solidarity for the Lions since the advent of professionalism. In the five series to date, there have only been five players to start tests in this position. Remarkable really, when you...
Keith Wood during the rugby union test match between the British Lions and Australia at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia on 14 July 2001. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Hooker

Selecting the Lions hooker is one of the simplest selections possible. Keith Wood is undeniably the Lions hooker; he is Mr Lions when it comes to the front-row! Wood was there when it all started for the professional-era Lions on...
All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock hands off Nicolas Mas en route to the try line during the 2011 RWC final. He is the first selection in our First XV. Photo: Dave Lintott / photosport.co.nz

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Loosehead Prop

Only two players have played in six consecutive tests for the Lions in the last 20 years. Martin Johnson, the all-encompassing legend, and Tom Smith the talismanic Scottish loosehead prop. It is this consistency of performance and the fact...
The All Blacks perform the Haka during the 2nd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday 2 July, 2005.

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV

The excitement around the Lions' arrival to the shores of Aotearoa has been building steadily since the end of RWC15. With just 18 days until the first match in Whangarei, the crescendo is almost upon us. The only time the Lions...
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Twitter remembers Jonah on his birthday

The wonderful, the incomparable Jonah Lomu would have been 42 years old yesterday. Fans, sporting organisations and colleagues shared...   He would have been 42 today.#RIPJonahLomu #Number11 pic.twitter.com/1AsbYcrMDM — All Blacks (@AllBlacks) May 12, 2017   Today would have been the 42nd birthday of...
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WATCH: The Lions captaincy – we picked it!

The 1014 sat down before The 2017 British and Irish Lions squad was announced and predicted the Lions captaincy and more. While much of the British press was touting Dylan Hartley to lead the tourists, the following came up in...
McKenzie against Italy. ALFREDO FALCONE

Jordie Barrett and Damian McKenzie – Worthy All Blacks contenders

Jordie Barrett and Damian McKenzie are worthy contenders for the All Blacks, but you get the feeling that one could miss the call for selection ahead of the British & Irish Lions tour. McKenzie has a tiny bit of All...
Beauden Barrett

Test centurion says Beauden Barrett redefines number 10 position

Ronan O'Gara, the former Irish number 10 and test centurion, says Beauden Barrett redefines the number 10 position. O'Gara recently gave an interview with The Hard Yards podcast and spoke glowingly of Beauden Barrett and how he is changing the game....
Sonny Bill and Jordie Barrett

Sonny Bill is coming back! Who will be his All Black partner?

It looks like Sonny Bill will be back on a rugby union field in the not too distant future. It's been a while! It's no secret that Steve Hansen is a fan and the All Black midfield has yet to...
All Blacks, Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt with New Zealand Head Coach Steve Hansen before the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

128 Test player thinks best coach in the world is a Kiwi, but not...

Ronan O'Gara, the former Irish number 10 with 128 Test caps has boldly stated who he thinks the best rugby coach in the world is. Will he coach the All Blacks? Since O'Gara hung up his boots in 2013 he has...
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Hong Kong Sevens. The 42nd edition!

It has been widely noted over the past few years that the Wellington Sevens have lost their allure, certainly for the fans. The Hong Kong Sevens tournament certainly doesn't seem to have lost anything. Now into its 42nd year,...
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Sam Cane is hard as nails in an old school way

Sam Cane is still working his way through recovery from concussion. The Reporoa man is nearing full fitness but the Chiefs match against the Stormers this weekend comes one week too soon. The last time Sam encountered concussion was a controversial...
All Black Mils Muliaina, Doug Howlett of Munster, and All Black Joe Rokocoko embrace after the Munster vs New Zealand rugby match, Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick, Ireland. Tuesday, 18th November 2008. Photo: Tim Hales/PHOTOSPORT

Who are you wearing? All Blacks seek a midweek date in France

It's great to hear that the All Blacks are looking to add an additional fixture to their end of year tour. NZR chief executive Steve Tew told Sky TV's The Breakdown rugby show that talks are in progress. Tew...
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Rugby Europe has had a big week

As we enter the fourth round of Super Rugby a cloud hangs low over who may, or may not be culled from next year's competition. But in the north, particularly in England, Rugby is on the up-and-up; you all...

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