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Sean Fitzpatrick’s First View of Twickenham

Sean Fitzpatrick’s First View of Twickenham

Former All Black captain, Auckland-born Sean Fitzpatrick, 55, looks back at the games he played at Twickenham, in a piece for the Guardian. “I remember arriving at Twickenham for the first time, for a game…

England Denied Victory over All Blacks

England Denied Victory over All Blacks

“The All Blacks looked a shadow of their usual selves in the first half but eventually fought back as Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett cut the deficit,” the Independent’s deputy sports editor Jack de…

Joe Schmidt Shares Wisdom with Limerick Students

Joe Schmidt Shares Wisdom with Limerick Students

When New Zealander Joe Schmidt, 53, talks, people sit up and listen. So when a group of aspiring rugby stars got the chance to hear Ireland’s greatest ever coach speak, you could hear a…

Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team

Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team

The All Blacks jersey carries with it an aura of invincibility. Their starting 15 could be injured and the next 15 would still stand head and shoulders above the rest of the world. How…

Kieran Read Suggests Retirement Plans

Kieran Read Suggests Retirement Plans

All Blacks captain Kieran Read, 33, has said he is likely to quit international rugby after next year’s World Cup in Japan, his third Webb Ellis campaign, and take a contract overseas. “So for me…

Steve Hansen Suggests 16-Week Off-Seasons

Steve Hansen Suggests 16-Week Off-Seasons

“Steve Hansen has called for a mandatory 16-week off-season, days after an 11-month campaign was announced in England. The New Zealand head coach said England were still counting the cost of having 15 players…

All Blacks Complete Sweep of Australia in Japan

All Blacks Complete Sweep of Australia in Japan

World champions New Zealand crushed old foes Australia 37-20 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, where the 2019 Rugby World Cup final will be held, to complete a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup series whitewash win,…

England Announce John Mitchell in Defence Role

England Announce John Mitchell in Defence Role

England have appointed New Zealander John Mitchell as their defence coach until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Mitchell was England’s assistant coach under Clive Woodward between 1997 and 2000 before he went…

All Blacks Win Over Pumas in Nelson

All Blacks Win Over Pumas in Nelson

Coach Steve Hansen gave his rearranged All Blacks a pass mark after their 46-24 victory over a much-improved Argentinian side in Nelson, but conceded they weren’t as good as they…

ABs Lift Bledisloe Cup for 16th Consecutive Year

ABs Lift Bledisloe Cup for 16th Consecutive Year

New Zealand has won the Bledisloe Cup for a 16th consecutive year with a 40-12 victory over Australia at Eden Park in Auckland. Beauden Barrett scored four tries and kicked five conversions, while Joe Moody…

All Blacks Dismantle Stunned Wallabies

All Blacks Dismantle Stunned Wallabies

New Zealand delivered a clinic of counter-attacking in Sydney, scoring five second-half tries to blow away their hosts in this season’s Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup opening encounter, rugby reporter Charlie…

Raised on Rugby

Raised on Rugby

“In sports, few teams have dominated their competition the way the New Zealand All Blacks of rugby union have,” writes David Maurice Smith in an article for The New York…

Blues Man John Mitchell Favourite for England Role

Blues Man John Mitchell Favourite for England Role

New Zealander John Mitchell, Blue Bulls executive of rugby, has emerged as the latest candidate to become England’s new defence coach, The Telegraph reports. Last week, England head coach Eddie Jones confirmed that he wants…

Portia Woodman Makes Top 10 Most Influential

Portia Woodman Makes Top 10 Most Influential

Black Ferns winger Portia Woodman, 27, has made the top 10 on a list of rugby union’s most influential people, ahead of any of her male All Blacks counterparts and two spots below All…

Double World Champions: Men Match Women’s Achievement

Double World Champions: Men Match Women’s Achievement

For only the second time in world rugby sevens history, the New Zealand men’s and women’s teams have won their respective World Cups, with the men sealing the rare accomplishment with a 33-12 win…

Finding Keith Murdoch Four Decades On

Finding Keith Murdoch Four Decades On

His closest friends in a remote town in the Australian outback had no idea who he was. Now that former All Black Keith Murdoch is dead at 74, the story of the man who…

Why New Zealand “Still Rules the High Seas of Rugby”

Why New Zealand “Still Rules the High Seas of Rugby”

“The flag which flutters highest on the masthead of world rugby is still all black in colour. It does not have a skull-and-crossbones on it, but when it hoves into view everyone knows its…

Wayne Pivac to Succeed Warren Gatland as Wales Coach

Wayne Pivac to Succeed Warren Gatland as Wales Coach

“Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac will succeed Warren Gatland as Wales coach on a four-year deal.” BBC reports. “Gatland is stepping down after the 2019 World Cup in Japan and…

Raelene Castle Riding the Wave

Raelene Castle Riding the Wave

In Raelene Castle’s six months at the helm of Rugby Australia, Australia’s men and women sevens teams triumphed on home soil, Israel Folau plunged the sport into controversy with a single Instagram comment, Super…

Rugby Player James Lowe on Food for Performance

Rugby Player James Lowe on Food for Performance

He’s played for the Māori All Blacks and he’s currently signed to European champions Leinster, so if there is anyone who can talk about fuelling their body for optimal performance it is 25-year-old professional…

Scots 20 Years Behind NZ in Rugby Psychology

Scots 20 Years Behind NZ in Rugby Psychology

Scottish rugby is 20 years behind New Zealand when it comes to sports psychology, according to Glasgow Warriors assistant coach New Zealander Jason O’Halloran, 46, who has also found that players in Scotland are…

New Zealand Wins Kitakyushu Sevens

New Zealand Wins Kitakyushu Sevens

“New Zealand won the women’s Kitakyushu Sevens for the second straight year Sunday, beating France 24-12 in the final on another disappointing day for host Japan,” as reported in an article in

Why Wayne Pivac Is Most Sought-After Coach in Rugby

Why Wayne Pivac Is Most Sought-After Coach in Rugby

Under New Zealand-born coach Wayne Pivac, there is a resurgence in Llanelli rugby. The Scarlets have been flying, according to Sunday Times rugby correspondent Stephen Jones. Recently, Stradey Park was packed to the rafters and…

Joe Schmidt Turns Ireland into Formidable Machine

Joe Schmidt Turns Ireland into Formidable Machine

During this year’s Ireland Grand Slam tournament, Joe Schmidt has been the master of almost everything he has surveyed. At times during his five-year tenure as Ireland head coach, the New Zealander has been…

World Cup-Winning Coach Graham Henry Joins Auckland

World Cup-Winning Coach Graham Henry Joins Auckland

The mastermind of the 2011 Rugby World Cup success, Sir Graham Henry, has returned to the side where he first came to prominence joining provincial side Auckland to assist head coach Alama Ieremia, the…

Raelene Castle Named New Rugby Australia Chief

Raelene Castle Named New Rugby Australia Chief

Former Netball New Zealand and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs National Rugby League chief executive Raelene Castle is excited by the challenge of turning around rugby’s fortunes in Australia, but doesn’t believe her appointment as Rugby Australia…

Sunwolves Coach Jamie Joseph Eyes Top Five

Sunwolves Coach Jamie Joseph Eyes Top Five

The new coach of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves Super Rugby side, New Zealander Jamie Joseph has said he was targeting a top-five finish next season, despite the team being on the wrong end of multiple…

How Wayne Pivac Transformed the Scarlets

How Wayne Pivac Transformed the Scarlets

There were moments early on in Wayne Pivac’s time at the Scarlets when he wondered if he had made the right choice in leaving behind his Auckland world to head to west Wales. “There…

New Zealand Women Thrash England in World Cup Semis

New Zealand Women Thrash England in World Cup Semis

England’s women were beaten 52-4 by New Zealand in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup semi-finals at the Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney. Tara-Jane Stanley ran over England’s only try in the 21st minute…

All Blacks Inflict More Pain on Wales

All Blacks Inflict More Pain on Wales

“There was little solace to be found around the streets of Cardiff as the city’s population set about anaesthetising painful memories of yet another valiant loss to the All Blacks,” Irish Independent sports reporter…

Scots Impress But NZ Class Tells

Scots Impress But NZ Class Tells

“A moment of New Zealand magic denied Scotland a famous victory in a pulsating contest” at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium with the All Blacks narrowly winning 22-17, The Scotsman reports. “With the game firmly in the…

Wales Coach Warren Gatland Talks Safety

Wales Coach Warren Gatland Talks Safety

Taking the Lions to New Zealand should have been Warren Gatland’s proudest moment but now back with Wales the coach believes the welfare of rugby’s elite players is a more pressing concern. “I’ve been on…

All Blacks Prevail Against Barbarians at Twickenham

All Blacks Prevail Against Barbarians at Twickenham

“New Zealand were always going to be the winners of this frolicsome day out at Twickenham, no matter how the scoreline panned out,” the Telegraph reported after the All Blacks beat the Barbarians 31-22. “The…

All Blacks Beat Springboks 25-24

All Blacks Beat Springboks 25-24

The New Zealand “All Blacks completed a clean sweep of the Rugby Championship while the Springboks restored pride in their jersey in one of the great Test matches in front of 50,000 fans at…

New Zealand Cap Fifth Rugby Championship Victory

New Zealand Cap Fifth Rugby Championship Victory

New Zealand has capped their fifth Rugby Championship victory in six years with a 36-10 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. The earlier 27-27 draw between South Africa and Australia in Bloemfontein had already ensured…

Charles Piutau: “I Felt Invincible As An All Black”

Charles Piutau: “I Felt Invincible As An All Black”

Former All Black Charles Piutau speaks to The Guardian’s Donald McRae about abandoning his Test career with the All Blacks to play for Ulster and, from next season, Bristol. When…

New Zealand Secure Record Win Over South Africa

New Zealand Secure Record Win Over South Africa

World champions New Zealand ran in eight tries as they thumped South Africa 57-0 in Auckland, their biggest winning margin against the Springboks, BBC Sport reports. Victory extended their lead in the four-team Rugby Championship…

Vaea Fifita Rescues All Blacks with Solo Try

Vaea Fifita Rescues All Blacks with Solo Try

“New Zealand needed a second-half surge, inspired by Vaea Fifita’s stunning solo try, to shake off Argentina and record a bonus-point win in New Plymouth,” sports reporter Charlie Morgan writes for the Telegraph. “With just…

All Blacks Ruthless in Epic Bledisloe Victory

All Blacks Ruthless in Epic Bledisloe Victory

The finishing thrust that All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had been seeking all season finally returned during the weekend as Beauden Barrett scored a last-gasp try to give them a 35-29 victory over Australia in…

Black Ferns Blitz Red Roses to Take World Cup Crown

Black Ferns Blitz Red Roses to Take World Cup Crown

“New Zealand are world champions again. ruthlessly snatched the cup from this immensely talented yet ageing English side (seven of them are 30-plus) in a style that must have made the…

Kieran Keane Happy with Connacht Chemistry

Kieran Keane Happy with Connacht Chemistry

Kieran Keane has just arrived in Galway, Ireland to take up his new post as Connacht coach, replacing fellow New Zealander Pat Lam who has moved on to a role with Bristol. Known as a…

New Zealand Thrash Australia in Sydney

New Zealand Thrash Australia in Sydney

New Zealand “hammered” Australia 54-34 in their 2017 Investec Rugby Championship opener. According to the BBC, the All Blacks “were exceptional in the first half in Sydney and, with the help of three tries…

Alaskan Rugby Grounds Impress Mangatainoka Team

Alaskan Rugby Grounds Impress Mangatainoka Team

Hamish Clentworth, the chairman of the visiting Mangatainoka Barbarians Rugby Club of New Zealand, was almost at a loss for words when he came upon the Alaska Mountain Rugby Grounds. Overlooking Anchorage is a rugby…

Fans From Both Sides Celebrate All Blacks Lions Draw

Fans From Both Sides Celebrate All Blacks Lions Draw

A draw. A dead heat. 15-15. And the series too, after the epic twists and turns of the last three weeks, is therefore a tie: one win for New Zealand, one win for the…

Malakai Fekitoa Features in ESPN’s Body Issue

Malakai Fekitoa Features in ESPN’s Body Issue

New Zealand All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa is among 23 athletes featured in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, which begins its rollout this week on SportsCenter and ESPN.com, and is on newsstands 7…

New Zealand Run Away with First Test Against Lions

New Zealand Run Away with First Test Against Lions

“The British & Irish Lions must now win both remaining Tests to deny New Zealand a series victory after a sobering loss to the All Blacks in Auckland. The Lions defended heroically at times…

Behind the Scenes of the All Blacks’ First Family

Behind the Scenes of the All Blacks’ First Family

The Barrett brothers have become the first trio of brothers to play together for the world’s most consistently successful sports team, New Zealand’s All Blacks. Kevin Barrett was a grafter of a back-five forward for…

All Blacks Thrash Samoa 78-0

All Blacks Thrash Samoa 78-0

“The All Blacks were at their sublime best in a 78-0 drubbing of Samoa that will have the Lions hoping the losers had an off night. Otherwise the tourists face a daunting task here…

Coach Dave Ellis’ Indelible Link to Connacht Glory

Coach Dave Ellis’ Indelible Link to Connacht Glory

Connacht left its mark on New Zealander Dave Ellis, both figuratively and literally. Ellis misses the place he called home for almost four years when he helped turn the province into a force last…

Kieran Read Makes His Mark as All Blacks Captain

Kieran Read Makes His Mark as All Blacks Captain

“Kieran Read spent a long time learning from Richie McCaw but he always knew he would have to do things his own way if he was to make his mark as All Blacks skipper…

Coaching Stalwart Wayne Smith to Step Down

Coaching Stalwart Wayne Smith to Step Down

The All Blacks will lose the services of long-serving and successful assistant coach Wayne Smith after the 2017 Rugby Championship, which begins in August. Smith announced he will take a break from October to consider…

Vern Cotter Steps down Victorious

Vern Cotter Steps down Victorious

An emotional Vern Cotter fought back tears as his final match in charge of Scotland ended in a 29-0 win over Italy at Murrayfield. New Zealander Cotter received a huge ovation from the crowd…

Rugby’s Sene Naoupu Makes Irish Times Top 30 List

Rugby’s Sene Naoupu Makes Irish Times Top 30 List

To mark International Women’s Day, the Irish Times features 30 women who are shaping Irish life, including New Zealand-born rugby player Sene Naoupu. “In a short space of time, Naoupu has become a key player…

Chiefs Channel Emotional Loss Of Sione Lauaki To Take Out Brisbane Tens Title

Chiefs Channel Emotional Loss Of Sione Lauaki To Take Out Brisbane Tens Title

“The Chiefs have overcome the emotional loss of former star Sione Lauaki and an injury-ravaged final to take out the inaugural Brisbane Tens with a 12-5 victory over the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium,” writes…

Samoa Aims for Success With Gordon Tietjens

Samoa Aims for Success With Gordon Tietjens

After two decades as the most successful coach in rugby sevens history, Gordon Tietjens could be forgiven for easing his way into retirement, CNN World Rugby show reports. However, the veteran New Zealander is…

Scotland’s Sean Maitland Gets off to a Good Start

Scotland’s Sean Maitland Gets off to a Good Start

Sean Maitland, 28, rarely gives interviews and that is just the way he likes it. Since arriving in Scotland in 2012, the quietly-spoken Tokoroa-born wing has done his talking on the field, where his…