Draw resolved in Rugby Championship 2020 scheduling dispute

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After the conflict of schedule, the draw has been resolved for The Rugby Championship 2020 that allays the concerns of New Zealand, and ends an ugly argument between the nations. “Rugby Australia and SANZAAR, with the support of the NSW Government, South Africa, Argentina, and New Zealand, have been proactive in putting numerous workable solutions […] READ MORE


Tit-for-tat unfavourable behaviour from SANZAAR partners

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Recent Tit-for-tat behaviour and reporting of SANZAAR partners internal squabbling have been unfavourable, and to be honest, unsettling to all stakeholders. Like a trial separation where the parents are accusing the other of using the children for their own purposes, the relationship is at a low ebb. Something that has bubbled away for some time, […] READ MORE


Farah Palmer Cup sitting well alongside Mitre 10 Cup schedule

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Originally, the 2020 Farah Palmer Cup was scheduled to begin a few weeks prior to the Mitre 10 Cup starting but, as the Coronavirus pandemic altered the timeline, it is now sitting well alongside the men’s competition. Even though with fewer teams, and in pools split along geographical lines – rather than a Premiership/Championship one […] READ MORE


“We haven’t agreed to that” – Rugby Championship schedule conflict looms

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When The Rugby Championship schedule was confirmed by SANZAAR, there were polar opposite reactions. On one hand, the promoters SANZAAR proudly confirmed ‘TRC 2020 Match Schedule and Venues’ while the host Rugby Australia were delighted. On the other, New Zealand Rugby was far from amused. Why? It appears a scheduling conflict would see the All […] READ MORE


Flying their Provincial Colours: North v South teams announced

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All week, the anticipation of the North v South match has been building. Player’s have been flying the colours of the province where they made their debut in first-class rugby. It is still a conversation but, the All Blacks selectors chose that criteria, and the players have accepted it. On Saturday night in Wellington, the […] READ MORE


2021 Sevens World Series Coronavirus casualty: Aus/NZ legs canceled

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The 2021 Sevens World Series has succumbed to yet more Coronavirus casualties, resulting in the Australia and New Zealand legs being canceled by World Rugby. After the Dubai and Capetown legs had been canceled, the news that World Rugby has withdrawn scheduling of the Pacific round is disappointing. To both competing nations, organizers but most […] READ MORE


Postponed North v South clash dependent on Covid-19 status

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The squad announcement occurred on August 18 yet no sooner had the applause quietened down, has New Zealand Rugby (NZR) had to postpone the North v South clash as the ability for the match to continue is wholly dependent on Covid-19 alert level status. With the harsher restrictions surrounding the Auckland boundaries, and with a […] READ MORE


Revised 2020 Farah Palmer Cup to resume Women’s rugby competition

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A revised 2020 Farah Palmer Cup draw has been released by New Zealand Rugby (NZR),  with provincial women’s rugby set to resume play in August. In a pivotal 12 month period, New Zealand will aim to host and defend the Rugby World Cup. Competitions like the Farah Palmer Cup, plus the club and provincial leagues […] READ MORE


New Zealand ‘safe haven’ may host 2020 Rugby Championship series

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With success on home soil over a feared Coronavirus pandemic, SANZAAR will plan to look on New Zealand as a ‘safe haven’ from where to schedule and play the 2020 Rugby Championship. In a media statement that retained the place of SANZAAR in a bereft International rugby market, it stated that ‘Having successfully restarted Super […] READ MORE


Beauden Barrett to take year off Super Rugby with eyewatering £780k contract

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Auckland Blues star back Beauden Barrett has announced he’ll take a year off from Super Rugby to play in Japan, with the contract thought to be worth nearly £800,000.  Beauden Barrett bids goodbye! Beauden Barrett, who signed a four year deal with the NZRU last year will miss the 2021 Super Rugby season to play […] READ MORE