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 Fox Pattern – Next Evolution of Attacking Rugby?

Today's article is a different one. It's an opinion piece, more than an analysis one. It doesn't analyse a team in particular, but rather,...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How to make the All Blacks perfect: Part 2: Rush 10...

In the first part of this series, Brumby Mode was introduced and examples given of why the All Blacks need to wise up to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

Analyse This – How do you defend a Beauden Barrett Try?

This is the first of our Analyse This articles, a series where we ask our readers to solve a particular problem. In this case,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Southern Hemisphere Rugby Digest – Week 14

Welcome to another Southern Hemisphere digest, which was dominated off the field by the All Blacks squad announcement and a high profile race-related incident...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Blues vs Crusaders

Historically the Blues vs Crusaders fixture is one of the most hotly anticipated matches on the calendar. This year the two big Kiwi rivals...

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...

Southern Hemisphere Rugby Digest – Week 13

Welcome to another Southern Hemisphere digest, likely to be the last for a few weeks as other commitments approach. There was something for everyone this...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 13

The Hurricanes and Crusaders continued their fight for pole position, the Highlanders and Chiefs picked up crucial wins, the Sharks and Bulls continued to...

Thoughts of a rugby elder. USA’s Major League Rugby crosses the...

Some pundits are crediting the USA’s new Major League Rugby competition with the potential to revolutionise rugby not only in the USA but around...

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...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Crusaders vs Waratahs

The New Zealand conference-leading Crusaders take on the Australian conference-leading Waratahs in Week 13s match of the round. The Ominous Crusade: Things are looking rosey down...

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...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest

Welcome to your Super Rugby digest, covering two weeks this time, as my life was taken over by a different project last week. This edition: Los...

3 weeks in May – all on the line for Leinster

Leinster have looked like the most complete team in Europe this season, now is the time to prove it. Last season was a disappointing one...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 12

The Hurricanes and Crusaders showed exactly why they are favourites for 2018, the Chiefs and Highlanders cracked under pressure, while the Jaguares and Sharks...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Hurricanes vs Lions

The match of the round this week comes out of Wellington where the inform Hurricanes battle the Lions in a repeat of the 2016...