Sonny Bill Williams needs a big night at Eden Park

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No player should be selected for the All Blacks based on their name alone. But for Blues midfielder Sonny Bill Williams – this could well be the case. Williams has been named in the Blues side to take on the British and Irish Lions on Wednesday night, but there is a gigantic bracket overclouding the […] READ MORE


Super Rugby franchises prepare for British and Irish Lions challenge

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In a way, it is a tough ask all around. But to the credit of the organizers and planners, the marketing blitz launched the tagline "Out Roar". For the supporters to out-roar the loud traveling support of the Lions team. Attracting a huge support-base, so to combat that fans of each franchise are asked to "be there". Not only that, the home fans need to raise their voices; to "be heard" but so too the home teams also need to 'put up their best'. READ MORE



Epic Easter Battle at Eden Park

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The night was perfectly set, with a long weekend and clearing weather, fans arrived with a good proportion dressed in yellow. And they weren’t disappointed. There was an ‘epic Easter battle at Eden Park’ with both sides contributing. In another tight-tussle of a local New Zealand derby match, the scores were traded, the visitors only […] READ MORE



Sonny Bill Williams: Conscientious Objector to Sponsor

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Being such a powerful figure, SBW may likely be given special treatment. Whether he suffers collateral damage in his contract payments; respecting the lost revenue and public relations degradation, is in question. Unlike Muhammad Ali, or even figures in NZ sport such as Michael Jones--who would not play a test on a Sunday, due to his faith--SBW may still be seen as acting out of self interest. Even the most conscientious objector can still be vilified for acting outside the best interests of his employer. Public opinion will count too, but for now the discussions between the Blues, NZ Rugby and representatives of Sonny Bill Williams continue. READ MORE




Super Saturday: Blues Send Fans Home Happy, Highlanders and Stormers Triumph

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Last Word On Rugby was on hand in Auckland to witness the Blues result first-hand, with the match in Canberra a riveting one to follow on radio traveling home. The audio heightening the dramatic conclusion. Then, to top it off watching the all out scoring action between the 'Wolves and Stormers (see main picture) was a terrific end to the night--that small selection made this Super Saturday one to savour. READ MORE