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


Rugby: Artificial Pitch vs. Natural Grass

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In both codes of rugby, like many sports, there is always a debate between the merits of an artificial pitch and natural grass. Most stadiums in both rugby league and union have natural grass. However, there is a growing number of rugby stadiums using an artificial pitch as their main surface. Previously, Raheem Bashir has […] READ MORE


BC Place vs. FMG Stadium Waikato

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BC Place, in Vancouver, Canada and FMG Stadium Waikato in New Zealand, are two stadiums with fundamental differences in nature. Both sustain the same type of ball sports yet, they each use two dissimilar technologies to groom the playing surface on. For the sport of rugby union, many have talked about which is better. Artificial […] READ MORE





Narrow finish in Chiefs v Blues Local Derby

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In yet another narrow finish, the Chiefs v Blues local derby was an exciting fixture with the two traditional rivals competing in the second of their inter-conference match. The Waikato side got the better of the Auckland team, yet the two coaches reaction shows how closely fought it was on the field READ MORE