A new star found, as All Blacks win comfortably at Eden Park

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As has happened before, the All Blacks win at Eden Park was both comfortable, and one where a new star was given his first opportunity to shine. Caleb Clarke had his first start with the national team, after debuting from the bench a week earlier. And as the 21-year old demonstrated his monster athletic form, […] READ MORE


Covid-19 recurrence spoils Blues v Crusaders finale

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Even as the New Zealand Government was making the official announcement, NZ Rugby was poised to react. News that a Covid-19 recurrence in the Queen City is now set to spoil an enthralling Blues v Crusaders finale. The last game of the scheduled Super Rugby Aotearoa season; more often a grand final in other regular […] READ MORE


Fans, fans, fans everywhere; Super Rugby Aotearoa

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When numbers count, the figures for attendance at Super Rugby Aotearoa matches in rounds one and two may reach unfamiliar heights. Yet, in unfamiliar times [Covid-19 enforced] something that is positive is very much required. The positives from rugby resuming are untold. In terms of social importance, in participation in part by the teams as […] READ MORE


2021 Rugby World Cup schedule confirmed

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The pinnacle event for Women’s International rugby will be played in New Zealand. And with the 2021 Rugby World Cup schedule confirmed, the nation can plan to host another Cup tournament. In 2011, many believed that New Zealand Rugby operated one of the most fan-friendly Rugby World Cups. Japan can proudly say they too have […] READ MORE


Long wait til Easter treats, for Beauden Barrett Blues first cap

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Blues fans were overjoyed by the news last year of a star signing for 2020. However, a Beauden Barrett Blues first cap may not come until April – a long wait for what might be some Easter treats will test some supporters resolve. And by then…..it could be too late. Not to be overly skeptical, […] READ MORE


Manu Samoa RWC preparation includes Heartland XV ‘test’

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In the approach to the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC), it is with the utmost respect that for the Manu Samoa RWC preparation, they will face a New Zealand Heartland XV team. Samoa is one of 20 sides qualified for the World Rugby tournament in Japan. A proud rugby nation, a leader of the Pacifica […] READ MORE


AB’s must ‘Roll the Dice’ in Bledisloe Cup decider

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After a hefty defeat at the hands of the Wallabies in Perth, the All Blacks have decided to ‘Roll the Dice’ in team selections for their home test in Auckland on August 17. The crucial Bledisloe Cup decider will have so much more riding on it, considering Rugby World Cup form, rankings and self-confidence levels. […] READ MORE


International Rugby ground focus: Eden Park

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As one of the grandest ‘theatres of rugby union’ anywhere in the World, Eden Park has a history of hosting the biggest occasions. Two Rugby World Cup final victories, multiple Super Rugby and national provincial Championships for Auckland, that have showcased some of the best in the game. Fantastic examples of the game, often the […] READ MORE


Wallabies win Big; have one hand on Bledisloe Cup

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In a result that may shake the aspirations of the current World Champions, the Wallabies win Big at Optus Stadium; and have one hand on the Bledisloe Cup. The major outcome of the match highlights above, are clear. How a red card had a massive effect on the All Blacks ability to defend. It saw […] READ MORE


Women’s Rugby World Champions to finally host Cup tournament in NZ

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After many years of dominance on the field, finally, the Women’s Rugby World Champions are to finally host the World Cup tournament, in their backyard of New Zealand. Set to host the 2021¬†tournament, it was the honour¬†of former-Black Ferns captain Dr Farah Palmer (see main picture) to lead the New Zealand Rugby campaign to host […] READ MORE