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...

The 1014 Professional Era All Blacks First XV

Over the last two weeks, we have been putting out two-cents worth in around the make-up of an All Blacks First XV from the...

The 1014 Professional Era Lions First XV

Over the last two weeks, we have been putting in our two cents worth around the make-up of a Lions First XV from the...

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Fullback

The Lions have been blessed with some of the finest fullbacks ever to grace the game in JPR Williams, Andy Irvine and Mr Scotland…...

The Lions Squad – Crash Course – The Back Row

The back row has already thrown up selection headaches for both the All Blacks and The Lions. Injuries are making the units more complex...

New All Black jersey – a wonderful nod to tradition

The new All Black jersey is a wonderful nod to tradition and the All Black versus British & Irish Lions rivalry. Adidas New Zealand revealed...

Professional Era All Blacks Lions First XV: Right Wing

When researching the players and performances for selecting our hypothetical Lions XV from the professional era the positions that caused the most issues were...

Beauden Barrett; the Perfect Game

Can Beauden Barrett eclipse Dan Carter's perfect game? Beauden Barrett is arguably the best thing to happen to All Blacks rugby in recent years. Not...

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...

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...

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...

James Lowe reflects on missing chance with All Blacks

Chiefs winger James Lowe will sign off from New Zealand Rugby at the conclusion of the 2017 Super Rugby season, and naturally, the decision...

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...

Quiz: Super Rugby – Round 14

Super Rugby - Round 14 is upon us. This week all of the Kiwi sides are in action. From a Kiwi perspective, the big game...

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 &...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Game of the Weekend – Crusaders vs Hurricanes

There is one game every rugby supporter is waiting for this weekend. The Crusaders vs Hurricanes local derby supersedes all other matchups for New...

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...

Tonight – The greatest derby in rugby union

The Hurricanes versus Crusaders has become the new greatest derby in rugby union. The talent on display tonight is simply mouth watering. The Crusaders are...

RWC 2019 – Pool of death and THE PARTY POOL!

The pools have been decided for RWC 2019. Alas, the English find themselves in the pool of death once more. But the great news...

Crazy Stat: Ref in Bulls v Highlanders matches

The Highlanders are travelling to Pretoria this weekend as massive favourites, but have you considered the ref in Bulls v Highlanders matches? When we looked...

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...

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...

Quiz: Super Rugby – Round 12

Super Rugby - Round 12 is upon us. This week there are four Kiwi sides rolling their sleeves up, with the Chiefs entertaining a bye....

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...