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New Zealand in Throes of a Basketball Revolution

New Zealand in Throes of a Basketball Revolution

An ESPN article reports that the School Sport New Zealand Census, which has been conducted annually since 2000, revealed earlier this year that basketball had gone past rugby and was only trailing netball as…

New Zealand’s Best Coaches All Have One Unheralded Skill In Common

New Zealand’s Best Coaches All Have One Unheralded Skill In Common

Exceptional technical skills, an in-depth understanding of the sport and astute strategic knowledge are table-stakes for New Zealand rugby coaches at all levels of the game. What sets the truly accomplished coaches apart from…

Simon Crafar on the Latest Tyre Specs

Simon Crafar on the Latest Tyre Specs

Former Grand Prix winner, WorldSBK racer and now respected TV commentator and reporter New Zealander Simon Crafar is in a sound position to offer some perspective on motorcycle tyre technology. Adam Wheeler interviews Crafar as…

1905 All Blacks Shirt to be Auctioned in UK

1905 All Blacks Shirt to be Auctioned in UK

An historic 114-year-old All Blacks shirt worth tens of thousands of pounds is being sold by Falmouth Rugby Club, writes Marco Ferrari for The Falmouth Packet.  The All Blacks top was swapped for Falmouth’s Edward…

Skyrunner Ruth Croft Prepares for China Race

Skyrunner Ruth Croft Prepares for China Race

The South China Morning Post’s Mark Agnew reports that China might be famous for its food, but two top trail runners are approaching their pre-race meals with contrasting plans. New Zealander Ruth Croft and…

Kelsey Birse Creates a Career from Gaming

Kelsey Birse Creates a Career from Gaming

When Kelsey Birse was given an Xbox as a Christmas present, he never anticipated a future fulltime career in esports, Stuff reporter Oskar Howell writes. Birse, who goes by in-game name ‘Colourhex’, puts his…

Lou Brown Shatters World Shearing Record

Lou Brown Shatters World Shearing Record

The 497 merino ewes shorn in eight hours by Napier-raised shearer Lou Brown was 31 more than the record of 466 set by his coach and mentor, fellow-New Zealander Cartwright Terry, according to a…

Ferrari Protégé Marcus Armstrong Recruited by Todt

Ferrari Protégé Marcus Armstrong Recruited by Todt

Ferrari junior, New Zealander Marcus Armstrong, 18, has joined the All Road Management stable run by Frenchman Nicolas Todt. Christchurch-born Armstrong, who will compete this season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship with Prema Racing,…

Mitch Evans and Rocket-Ship Take E-Victory

Mitch Evans and Rocket-Ship Take E-Victory

New Zealander Mitch Evans, 24, negotiated a chaotic opening lap that saw bumps, crashes and a multi-car pile up before pulling off a dramatic overtaking manoeuvre to secure victory at the Rome E-Prix. Evans’ triumph is…

Rugby Australia’s Raelene Castle on Equality

Rugby Australia’s Raelene Castle on Equality

In a perfect world there would be no need for this conversation and the role women play in sport would not be addressed as a separate issue, “but we’re still about 10 years away…

Icy World Record for Diver Ant Williams

Icy World Record for Diver Ant Williams

Freediver Ant Williams, 47, has claimed a Guinness World Record for the deepest dive under ice, in a Norwegian fjord in the Arctic Circle. Overseen by GWR observers, wearing only a wetsuit and carrying a…

Warren Gatland’s Wales Reflect Image of Its Leader

Warren Gatland’s Wales Reflect Image of Its Leader

“For all his success in his coaching career, Warren Gatland is no José Mourinho peering into the mirror all the time and trading on past glories. He looks ahead rather than back, plotting the…

Gymnast Ruby Hamilton In Training for Olympics

Gymnast Ruby Hamilton In Training for Olympics

As Abu Dhabi and Dubai prepare to host the Special Olympics World Games, seven women who will be representing the UAE talk about what tolerance, hard work and winning mean to them. Twelve-year-old New…

Karting Ace Madeline Stewart Behind New Wheels

Karting Ace Madeline Stewart Behind New Wheels

New Zealand karting ace Madeline Stewart, 18, will race for Australia’s Brad Jones Racing in the Super3 Supercars series this season. The teenager has spent nine years in karts, most recently competing in KZ2 in…

Wuhan Open Appoints Brenda Perry

Wuhan Open Appoints Brenda Perry

Wuhan Open has marked International Women’s Day by becoming the most prestigious professional tennis tournament to have two female tournament directors, New Zealander Brenda Perry and China’s Li Qiuping. Experienced tennis professional Perry will join…

Kieran Read to Play for Japan After World Cup

Kieran Read to Play for Japan After World Cup

“All Blacks captain Kieran Read has signed up to play with Japanese club Toyota Verblitz after this year’s World Cup, bringing an end to 13 seasons as a professional…

Rugby Star Sene Naoupu Takes Strength from Family

Rugby Star Sene Naoupu Takes Strength from Family

Spend any length of time with New Zealander Sene Naoupu, 35, and her love for friends and family will be palpable. But she doesn’t just value that ancestral bond, she cherishes it and is…

Upbringing Helped Turn Barrett Trio Into All Blacks

Upbringing Helped Turn Barrett Trio Into All Blacks

Running around frost-covered coastal Taranaki fields in their bare feet was indicative of the sort of grounded upbringing that former captain Richie McCaw believes helped the three Barrett brothers – twice World Player of…

Rising MMA Star Israel Adesanya Holds off Veteran

Rising MMA Star Israel Adesanya Holds off Veteran

Mixed martial arts star Israel Adesanya, a Nigerian-born New Zealander, beat former middleweight champion, Brazilian Anderson Silva in a wild three-round brawl, according to The Straits Times. The match that was upgraded to the main…

New Ground Features Young Gun Craig Murray

New Ground Features Young Gun Craig Murray

Short film New Ground, made by Austrian ski company Atomic, follows New Zealander, Craig Murray, as he navigates his first stint on the Freeride World Tour (FWT) in 2018. “Struggling to put down a solid run at…

Teenager Alice Robinson Wins Slalom Title in Europe

Teenager Alice Robinson Wins Slalom Title in Europe

Queenstown ski racer Alice Robinson, 17, is continuing some strong form and has just made a trip to the top of the dais winning a European Cup giant slalom event in Germany, the first…

Brooklyn Nets Manager Sean Marks Bets on People

Brooklyn Nets Manager Sean Marks Bets on People

The Brooklyn Nets have become one of the NBA season’s biggest surprises. Auckland-born Sean Marks is the basketball team’s manager and he recently spoke with Harvey Araton, a sports reporter for The New York Times. Araton…

New Zealand Twice Victorious in Sevens Final

New Zealand Twice Victorious in Sevens Final

For the second time this season, New Zealand got the better of the American Eagles in a World Rugby Sevens Series gold medal encounter. The 21-5 victory for the All Blacks sees them tie…

New Marine Facility Confirmed For Auckland

New Marine Facility Confirmed For Auckland

“The $1.5billion a year New Zealand marine industry is expected to receive a significant boost with the announcement and sign-off on a massive refit facility adjacent to the America’s Cup bases currently under construction…

Brendon Hartley Joins Ferrari F1 Team

Brendon Hartley Joins Ferrari F1 Team

“Ferrari has hired ex-Formula One drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Brendon Hartley to help develop its 2019 race car in the simulator,” writes Alan Baldwin in an article for Independent Online. “The…

Marie McNaughton Back on the Trail Again

Marie McNaughton Back on the Trail Again

Legendary Hong Kong-based runner, New Zealander Marie McNaughton is on the long road back from injury but recently received a boost with an invite to the prestigious Western States. McNaughton discusses her road to…

Former Wada Head David Howman Slams Drug Tests

Former Wada Head David Howman Slams Drug Tests

Former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), New Zealander David Howman, has added to pressure on the foundation by saying that its testing methods are outdated. Howman, the director-general of Wada from 2003 to…

NBA’s Toughest Enforcer is Steven Adams

NBA’s Toughest Enforcer is Steven Adams

The days of the NBA’s powerful big men are slowly dwindling. Players like Detroit Pistons’ enforcer Bill Laimbeer and the Chicago Bulls’ Dennis Rodman have been effectively pushed out of the game with rule…

Legend of Scrabble Nigel Richards Continues to Grow

Legend of Scrabble Nigel Richards Continues to Grow

Hunched motionless over the board and calling out his word scores in a voice slightly louder than a whisper was four-time World English Scrabble champion, New Zealander Nigel Richards, 51, in closely-cropped grey hair…

Liam Malone Running Down a New Track

Liam Malone Running Down a New Track

Double-amputee and Paralympic gold medalist, Nelson-born Liam Malone, 25, talks to Britain’s GQ magazine about anxiety, depression and how a life-changing car accident helped him get to Rio. When Malone’s mother died of cancer, it…

Champions Chris Waller and Winx Stars of New Book

Champions Chris Waller and Winx Stars of New Book

“The human stars are painted just as painstakingly as the equine heroine, but the man who is the most fascinating is the Sydney-based New Zealander Chris Waller, who arrived…

Pits and Puts with Surfer Kehu Butler

Pits and Puts with Surfer Kehu Butler

“Kehu Butler may hail from New Zealand, the land of lefts, but you’d never guess that by the regularfoot’s powerful forehand in his new edit,” Ben Waldron writes for SURFER magazine, which features the…

Why Dan Carter Is Still the Main Man in World Rugby

Why Dan Carter Is Still the Main Man in World Rugby

Dan Carter led Japanese team, the Kobe Kobelco Steelers to victory in the Top League final recently, and with that victory the former New Zealand fly-half wins over the hearts of yet another nation….

England Crazy Not to Hire Warren Gatland

England Crazy Not to Hire Warren Gatland

“At the end of Rugby World Cup 2019, we can expect a fascinating merry-go-round of experienced Test coaches,” according to the Telegraph’s Charlie Morgan. “Should England underperform, Eddie Jones’ two-year contract extension will be…

Young Cyclist Ella Harris Earns Pro Contract

Young Cyclist Ella Harris Earns Pro Contract

Dunedin cyclist Ella Harris is the third woman, and the youngest victor, to win the Canyon-Sram Zwift Academy Programme becoming the latest rider to earn a professional contract through the virtual cycling app. Harris has…

Inside the Ring With Wrestler Toni Storm

Inside the Ring With Wrestler Toni Storm

Toni Rossall, aka Toni Storm, has swiftly emerged as one of the most exciting members of the WWE roster; the 23-year-old New Zealander is a key member of the NXT UK roster. Storm won…

Freediver Jonathan Sunnex a Dominica Drawcard

Freediver Jonathan Sunnex a Dominica Drawcard

World-class freediver and instructor Ngaruawahia-born Dominica-based Jonathan Sunnex, 34, has always had an eye for talent and a vision for success, according to a profile published on the sport’s dedicated website, DeeperBlue.com. In 2011,

Team USA Readies to Sail in New Zealand

Team USA Readies to Sail in New Zealand

Stars & Stripes Team USA has been accepted as a challenger for the 2021 America’s Cup, promising to have an all-American squad in a competition where nationality has mattered little in recent decades. However,…

Warren Gatland Potential Successor to Eddie Jones

Warren Gatland Potential Successor to Eddie Jones

Britain’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) interim chief executive, Nigel Melville, is planning to speak to New Zealander Warren Gatland OBE as part of his search for Eddie Jones’s successor as England head coach, The…

Steve Hansen to Step Down After 2019 World Cup

Steve Hansen to Step Down After 2019 World Cup

“Steve Hansen’s all-conquering reign as the New Zealand coach will end after the 2019 World Cup. The 59-year-old, who has been in charge of the All Blacks since 2012 and has had 16 years…

Rugby Star Jordan Roberts Wins Plaudits in Canada

Rugby Star Jordan Roberts Wins Plaudits in Canada

New Zealander Jordan Roberts’ play on the pitch for the St. Albert Rugby Football Club (SARFC) spoke volumes as the modest and unassuming captain of the Labatt’s Cup provincial champions was honoured as this…

Why Tyrel Lomax Chose the ABs over the Wallabies

Why Tyrel Lomax Chose the ABs over the Wallabies

Tyrel Lomax, 22, grew up with a dream to play for the ACT Brumbies and Wallabies. But the closer he got, the more he realised he couldn’t ignore the black feeling in his stomach….

SailGP’s Russell Coutts Makes Tokyo Recommendations

SailGP’s Russell Coutts Makes Tokyo Recommendations

Five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts believes the format used in the New Zealander’s annual SailGP league could be adopted by the Olympics as the sport looks to modernise. Sailing has been a staple at…

All Blacks Sevens Clinch Emirates Trophy

All Blacks Sevens Clinch Emirates Trophy

Clark Laidlaw, the All Blacks Sevens coach, said the team’s success at the Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens was an achievement that ranks alongside winning the World Cup and Commonwealth Games last season. The team…

New Zealand Wins Bronze at FIFA U-17 World Cup

New Zealand Wins Bronze at FIFA U-17 World Cup

New Zealand has beaten Canada 2-1 to bring home bronze at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Canadian women found themselves down just 15 seconds after the opening kickoff with New…

64-Year Old Runs Length of New Zealand

64-Year Old Runs Length of New Zealand

“64-year-old Perry Newburn just ran the length of his native New Zealand” fuelled by hash browns and milkshakes,” Jane McGuire writes in an article for Runner’s World. With his run…

Scott McLaughlin Wins Supercars Championship

Scott McLaughlin Wins Supercars Championship

“A year after his career’s lowest point, Ford’s Scott McLaughlin has claimed his maiden Supercars championship title,” writes Laine Clark in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald. “Nearest rival, Holden’s…

Bowling Sensation Ajaz Patel Ready for India

Bowling Sensation Ajaz Patel Ready for India

New Zealand’s Test hero against Pakistan Ajaz Patel, 30, talks to the Mumbai Mirror about his favourite street food, a change in bowling pace, and how he can’t wait to play against India. “I love…

Former Journalist Amy Andrew Quits for the Gloves

Former Journalist Amy Andrew Quits for the Gloves

New Zealander Amy Andrew experienced “the greatest moment of her career” not long ago during a sparring session ahead of the Women’s Boxing World Championships in New Delhi. “It was a mixed session. I looked…

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…

Casey Brown Rewriting the Rules of Mountain Biking

Casey Brown Rewriting the Rules of Mountain Biking

New Zealand-born Casey Brown, who has lived in Canada for the past 16 years, has established herself as one of the most talented female mountain bikers in the world. And now she’s aiming to…