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2023 Super Rugby Pacific draw takes games to Fiji and Samoa

Released the day after the final Rugby Championship clash at Eden Park, the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific draw will be unique in the natural evolution to include fixtures in both Fiji and Samoa. The best way to recognize the importance of the Fijian Drau and Moana Pasifika, was to schedule matches at their own home […]


Fijian Drua home crowd

The positive news continues, as the Fijian Drua home crowd was recorded as the biggest yet after Super Rugby Pacific Round 11. Beyond the result in Suva last Saturday, the literal ‘winner on the day’ were actually the 15,102 people attending that historic match between the Fijian Drua and the Highlanders last weekend. What they witnessed […]

2022 Blues' winning streak continues, Hurricanes fall further downward

The news is good up in Auckland. With the 2022 Blues’ winning streak continuing, it all looks rosy for the three-times Champions. News is not so good for supporters of the Wellington side, with the Hurricanes falling further downward in the standings, after a clumsy final minute decision costs them big time. Differing results sure, […]

first-ever Moana Pasifika Super Rugby Pacific win over Hurricanes

Earning their first-ever Moana Pasifika Super Rugby Pacific win saw players over the moon, as they celebrated victory against the Hurricanes on Friday, March 25. Overjoyed, the win came in ‘Golden point extra time’ and was a surprise win over a New Zealand team, in what is the new franchise team’s debut season. The only […]

Galvanized Fijian Drua win brings huge reinforcement of expansion teams

A galvanized Fijian Drua win has added huge levels of reinforcement to the two expansion teams’ existence in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition. This Fijian Drua win over the Melbourne Rebels came hours after Moana Pasifika had made their delayed first performance; after Covid-19 disrupted their launch over two rounds. And both teams excelled […]

Sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri

With the sad passing of power-wingers, All Blacks Inga Tuigamala and Joeli Vidiri, the tragedy of their early deaths highlighted men’s health and also reflected on their huge impact on the modern game. The news hit within 24 odd hours, and it was reported that Diabetes complications led to the death of Tuigamala, but to […]

Super Rugby Pacific Round 2 continues

Not even into Super Rugby Pacific Round 2 of the new calendar, two games have been affected directly by the Omicron variant – both games involving unfortunate newcomers, Moana Pasifika. Unfairly, and in the franchise’s breakout year too, Pasifika players and management have been the side worst affected by the virus’ surge within the New […]

Women's 2022 Super W draw to include Fijiana side

As the training intensifies, the Women’s 2022 Super W competition in Australia has been boosted with the addition of a Fijiana Drua side. This adds a fresh women’s component to match the incoming men’s Fijian Drua teams’ debut season. They are due to be a new part of the full 2022 Super Rugby Pacific draw […]

Super Rugby franchises make adjustments/2022 NPC redesign

Two stories emerged on the same day of last week, to describe how New Zealand Super Rugby franchises were forced to make adjustments to their host stadium draw of this (already) re-arranged domestic draw. And then the 2022 National Provincial Championship (NPC) competition was announced as having a format redesign when the first-class title chase […]

Omicron set to scupper Super Rugby Pacific new season 2022 kick-off

News that the Omicron variant is ready to ‘scupper’ the Super Rugby Pacific new season kickoff has turned what was supposed to be a fresh start, into a sad rerun of European experiences. Crowds will be removed when the competition begins on February 28. Id only for secluded numbers at a maximum of 100; with […]

South African professional rugby

More and more, mandating that only a fully vaccinated rugby player policy introduction will have an impact on both Northern and Southern hemisphere competitions. The internal reactions from rugby unions and administrators take into account the health and welfare of all stakeholders. Yet with personal choice highlighting some genuine fears and more social media scaremongering, […]

Re-signed Ardie Savea commits to NZ Rugby/All Blacks/Hurricanes til 2025

Re-signed Ardie Savea has penned a four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZ Rugby) which will keep him in Aotearoa through to the end of the 2025 season. His contract terms will not be made public, so the questions many would be thinking could be; How much is he being paid directly from NZ Rugby? […]

2022 Super Rugby Pacific 14-round draw finalized

The draw can now be realized for sides that make up the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season. A 14-round draw was announced by SANZAAR on Monday, November 15 that will be a full calendar for each team, as well as for fans eager for a steady diet of rugby in the New Year. Beginning Friday, […]

Golden opportunity; Moana Pasifika to play at Mt Smart Stadium
Thomas Booth - Oct 1, 2021

Back in April of this year, news came out that two Pacific Island teams (Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika) had been granted conditional licenses to play in the proposed Super Rugby tournament of 2022. Assured of competition of the highest levels, it was received with great enthusiasm from Apia, to Nukilofa, and as far as […]

Refreshed Super Rugby Pacific model is 'back to the future'

With the refreshed Super Rugby Pacific model announced early this week, it is more a case of ‘back to the future’ for NZ/AUS rugby. That is due to the 12 team format reverting to the old Super12 Rugby days. 12 is a good number, as the choice of a round-robin format will have each team play […]

Kazuki Himeno ultra-impressive 2021 'Landers import

The ultra-impressive 2021 Highlanders import player Kazuki Himeno has already been praised with a ‘Rookie of the Year’ prize, yet he is a player who is still striving for more honours and respect from Super Rugby fans worldwide. Performances, like he again had on Friday night versus the ACT Brumbies, go a long way to […]



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England's 'finishers' provide blueprint to beat the Springboks
Charlie Inglefield - Jun 12, 2021

Sir Clive Woodward is not a fan of the expression ‘Finishers’. His understandable argument is that all players should be capable of playing 80 minutes. But with all due respect to Sir Clive, England’s finishers nearly pulled off a remarkable victory over the All Blacks on Saturday. Messrs. Dave Ribbans, Mako Vunipola, Will Stuart, Freddie […]

Suspensions to Antoine DuPont/Pieter-Steph du Toit for red cards

With suspensions announced for star players Antoine DuPont and Pieter-Steph du Toit, it comes at the wrong time for World Rugby. The last fully contested weekend of the Autumn Nations Series was bereft of two superstars that are both former recipients of World Rugby men’s Player of the Year. It is bad timing, especially for […]

Russell and Townsend
Thomas Booth - Jun 12, 2021

Russell and Townsend, “Strange bedfellows?” At the time of writing this, Finn Russell is tearing it up at Murrayfield against Argentina. Admittedly, Los Pumas are depleted in numbers due to ill-discipline. Having said that, the players (Russell included) can only play against what they are presented with on the day. Darcy's at the double 🤩 […]

England can beat the All Blacks with a bit of unpredictability
Charlie Inglefield - Jun 12, 2021

England put on a much-improved performance against Japan after their limp display over the Pumas. An error-ridden Japan were poor, allowing England to rediscover their confidence ahead of this Saturday’s huge clash where they intend to beat the All Blacks. New Zealand, by contrast, was taken all the way by a brave Scottish team before […]

France Wins Bronze Medal over Rugby Canada in Auckland, New Zealand

This Saturday on the last day of the World Cup, France wins bronze medal at Eden Park. This was France’s third-straight bronze medal, and while disappointing not to appear in the Cup final, they completed a confidence-boosting win. Rugby Canada finished in fourth place [for the fourth time] and must look closely at this result. […]

RWC2023 headquarters staff under investigation by French authorities

Staff at the French Rugby RWC2023 headquarters are under investigation by authorities, with news that the France 2023 Ethics Committee was continuing its inquiry into the operation. Reuters stated that ‘Claude Atcher, the chief executive officer of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France [organization], has been sacked after a report by the French Labour […]

USA Eagles/Portugal RWC Playoff qualification match

After two rounds of RWC playoff qualification matches completed, two out of the four sides in this knockout tournament remain; the USA Eagles and Portugal. And one last game is scheduled for  Friday, November 18. Qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup (RWC) is limited to 24 sides, and just one place remains in Pool […]