Blistering pace and power of Ngani Laumape

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With his blistering pace and sheer power-play, Ngani Laumape reminded rugby observers and his naysayers of his game-breaking quality, as the Hurricanes defeated the Blues. In Round Six of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the clash in Wellington saw the ‘Canes overtake the Blues place on the ladder; as the Crusaders enjoyed their second bye round. In […] READ MORE





For Alex Lozowski versatility is both blessing and curse

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Saracens sprung a surprise in naming Alex Lozowski on the right wing ahead of their game with Leicester Tigers this weekend. Lozowski, dropped from England’s 28-man squad this week in favour of Piers Francis, returns to Gallagher Premiership action in an unfamiliar position, allying alongside Alex’s Goode and Lewington in the back three. Versatility is […] READ MORE



Playoff to ensure ‘lone’ New Zealand Super Rugby finalist

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This weekend’s semi-final match in Christchurch will cement the¬†‘lone’ New Zealand Super Rugby finalist. That is because “there can be only one…” and fanfare aside, it is a pivotal fixture in the 2018 season. The feature teams are; the current holders, the Crusaders. They invite the 2016 holders down to Christchurch, to determine the finish […] READ MORE


Barrett Brothers had a Terrific 2017

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It might be stating the obvious, but one ‘rugby family’ will have plenty to celebrate at the end of year festivities. Scott Barrett held aloft the Super Rugby title.¬†Beauden Barrett was voted the number one player by World Rugby (for the second year running). And Jordie Barrett had breakout season, before all three Barrett brothers […] READ MORE


David Havili Could Achieve All Black Dream In A Hurry

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Impressive Crusaders fullback David Havili might just find himself having the opportunity to represent the All Blacks sooner than he could ever have imagined. The season is over for Jordie Barrett, all bar the medical confirmation. During the Hurricanes semifinal loss to the Lions; Barrett injured his shoulder and has most likely torn some crucial […] READ MORE


DHL Lions Series: All Blacks/Lions share spoils. LWOR player ratings

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The third test was probably where each side was more studied on the other. Tactically, both managed to excite the crowd yet the pressure mounted on each. As that happened the game became more centered. It was a game that wasn't able to open up as easily. Which was great for purists, but was less exciting than test one of the DHL Lions Series. READ MORE