Rugby Numbers: The Kings could make the Waratahs’ season a lot...

Look at the Super Rugby standings during the June break and you’ll notice something a bit unexpected. There’s almost nothing separating the Waratahs and the...

All Black Captain Kieran Read was outstanding against the Lions

The All Black captain Kieran Read was truly outstanding in the First Test last Saturday. The 2017 British and Irish Lions had no answer for...

The 1014 Show: The Lions Second Test Selection

We have analysed the First Test to death and come up with our selections for the Second Test. The 1014 Show How can the Lions beat...

The 1014 Show: Review of the First Test

The Lions were taught a harsh lesson up front, but boy did their backs show us a thing or two. The 1014 Show Check out how...

Reviewing the Lions’ tour to New Zealand thus far.

Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing. Once this tour is ended, Warren Gatland will either be hailed as the mastermind of not one, but two...

How good are the Lions in 2017?

Looking at the tour itinerary I expected one easy match against provincial amateurs then nine tough matches. With this structure, it would allow a definitive...

Can’t support over-hyped Lions

I own all of Bruce Springsteen’s albums, with one exception. ‘We Shall Overcome’ was released in 2006 to great fanfare. Bruce had ditched his normal...

Video: The Secret Referee Interview #1

Do not miss this chat with the Secret Referee. We are incredibly fortunate here in The Shed at The 1014 to have had a professional...

The 1014 Show: Preview of the First Test

We have been through our preview of the First Test and could not be more excited. The 1014 Show Check out how we see the selections...

Savea v Ioane: The stats don’t lie

The announcement of the All Blacks 23 man squad to take on the Lions was one of the most anticipated in recent New Zealand...

The Lions have won two tests in 46 years!

Can the Lions win two tests against the All Blacks in 15 days? Since the Lions last left these shores, with their tails well and...

The 1014 Show: Chiefs v Lions Review

The Chiefs V Lions is what last night in Hamilton was all about. The Lions eventually blew the Chiefs away with a ruthless defensive performance...

Keys to Success: The All Blacks Lions First Test

The Lions have finally begun to roar, as is evident by their dominant display last Saturday against the Maori All Blacks. However, the step up...

The 1014 Show: Our Lions Test Selections

This is our third and final take on what we think the test selection for the Lions will look like. We have picked the test...

The 1014 Show: Maori All Blacks v Lions Review

The Maori All Blacks v Lions is what Saturday was all about. The Lions sucked the life out of the Maori All Blacks and showed...

Nobody beats Ireland 29 times in a row! Schmidt gambled brilliantly,...

5 million people showed up in Chicago to celebrate the Cubs ending a 108-year drought in baseball’s World Series on Friday 4th November 2016. The...

Maori All Blacks – Preview

This Saturday in Rotorua, the Maori All Blacks will face off against the Lions in one of the most anticipated non-test rugby matches in...

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...

Out with the old, in with the new?

Do the All Blacks favour the incumbent battlers of years past, or do they try something new? The Lions Tour midweek games are proving themselves...

The 1014 Show: Highlanders dupe Lions into Super Rugby

Last night the Lions were duped into playing Super Rugby by the fantastic Highlanders. The result will read 23-22 to the home side for eternity....

Empire of Dirt. Sean O’Brien and the evolution of the workhorse.

The industrial revolution forged the character associated with the indomitable spirit of the British Bulldog. The teak-tough, hard working grafter. The laudable idea of the...

The 1014 Show: The first real midweek team selected

The Lions have only a short hop down to Dunedin from Christchurch for their match against the Highlanders. The week has been significantly better for...

The stark difference between NZ and the Northern Hemisphere

On the 13th September 2010, James Thomson Greenwood passed away at the ripe old age of 81. The close-knit Scottish rugby community mourned him and,...

The 1014 Show: Lions complete defensive masterclass against Crusaders

The Lions turned up in Christchurch on Saturday and silenced more than a few critics. What a tough week it had been for Warren Gatland...

Game of the Year?

The anticipation and commencement of the British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand, has perhaps overshadowed what may be the game of the...

Could the Crusaders end the Lions brand?

I don't think it is an exaggeration to say Saturday's Lions game against the Crusaders could decide whether the Lions exist as a meaningful...

Who won’t be watching?!

The Lions named their team to face the Crusaders and the big guns are coming out to play. "They are better than what they played...

All Blacks squad named

The All Blacks squad of 33 has been selected All the talk, all the speculation can cease to an extent. The All Blacks squad to...

Lions feeling Blue

The Blues claimed a 22 to 16 victory by executing on chances in the wet weather. The victory was achieved against an underwhelming Lions...

Rebels secure services of Parling. What now for the Force?

The under pressure Melbourne Rebels have secured the signing of recent Aviva Premiership champion, Geoff Parling. Parling was a member of the British & Irish...

The Curious Case of Steven Luatua

Steven Luatua has put his hand up for All Blacks selection against the Lions. The chances are he will get the nod, but that was...

Lions will lose opening match no matter what

The British & Irish Lions kick off their 2017 tour of New Zealand in Whangarei tonight against the Provincial Barbarians. It's been a long time...

‘Touch and Go’ on selecting Aaron Cruden in All Blacks

Nobody can doubt that Aaron Cruden is a world-class No.10, but even that shouldn’t justify his selection in the All Blacks on June 8th. The...

The Lions Squad – Crash Course – The 9s and 10s

The 9s and 10s; the playmakers. This is a fascinating unit in The Lions Series, and we have all the world's best players fighting...

The 1014 Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV

The following is our selection here at The 1014 for the Professional Era All Blacks-Lions First XV. As a high-level summary, the team is made...

The first 2017 Lions team has been selected.

The first 2017 Lions 23 has been selected. Here we go! It's about to take off. The first 23 players have been selected to represent...

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...

Quiz: The 1014 All Blacks Professional Era XV

The All Blacks Professional Era XV How well do you know your All Blacks? More specifically, how well do you know the All Blacks we...

Quiz: The 1014 Lions Professional Era XV

The Lions Professional Era XV How well do you know your Lions? More specifically, how well do you know the Lions we have selected in...

Kia ora James Haskell – Welcome back to New Zealand

Welcome back to New Zealand James Haskell, it's great to have you here and congratulations on your selection to The British & Irish Lions...