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Squash Player Paul Coll Wins Career Best

Squash Player Paul Coll Wins Career Best

Greymouth squash player Paul Coll, 24, has earned the biggest title of his career after defeating Egypt’s Tarek Momen to win the 2016 Channel VAS Championship. World No 33 Coll had started the match in…

Joseph Parker Takes Out WBO Heavyweight Championship

Joseph Parker Takes Out WBO Heavyweight Championship

Joseph Parker won the WBO Heavyweight Championship against Andy Ruiz by means of a majority decision on Saturday night, as reported by Brian Mazique for Forbes. “Judges Ramon Cerdan and Ingo Barrabas scored the fight 115-113,…

Shane Van Gisbergen Claims V8 Supercars Title

Shane Van Gisbergen Claims V8 Supercars Title

“As he became the first Kiwi champion since Jim Richards, Van Gisbergen rubber-stamped the final Sydney Olympic Park race with a race and title-winning burnout,” writes James Phelps for The Daily Telegraph. “It…

Burning up the Tarmac with Amelia Watkinson

Burning up the Tarmac with Amelia Watkinson

New Zealand professional triathlete “up-and-comer” Amelia Watkinson, 25, who has just won the IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand, talks with the sports brand about patience, consistency, and using injury to her advantage. Ever since she turned pro…

All Blacks Beat France 24-19

All Blacks Beat France 24-19

“World player of the year Beauden Barrett helped stretch New Zealand’s winning streak over France to 10 games with a hard-fought but ultimately comfortable 24-19 victory on Sunday (AEDT),” as reported in an article…

All Blacks Exact Immediate Revenge in Dublin Thriller

All Blacks Exact Immediate Revenge in Dublin Thriller

“Two weeks after their 18-game winning run was ended by a 40-29 defeat to Ireland in Chicago, New Zealand reasserted their hegemony with a victory that was a lot less convincing than the score…

Peter Duncan Takes up New Rugby Role in Hong Kong

Peter Duncan Takes up New Rugby Role in Hong Kong

New Hong Kong Rugby Union president New Zealander Peter Duncan is “honoured” to be in the job after a 16-year hiatus. Duncan was first involved with the union as Hong Kong’s coach in the 1970s…

Beauden Barrett Voted World Player of the Year

Beauden Barrett Voted World Player of the Year

“New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been voted World Player of the Year as the world champion All Blacks swept the major awards at the end of a record-breaking rugby season,” as reported in…

Ireland End New Zealand’s Record Streak

Ireland End New Zealand’s Record Streak

It was “a great result for Ireland. And an even better one for New Zealand,” writes Mick Cleary for the Telegraph after Ireland beat the New Zealand All Blacks 40 to 29. “You…

ABs Beat Wallabies Again at Eden Park 37-10

ABs Beat Wallabies Again at Eden Park 37-10

Australia had the ball but New Zealand scored the tries as they set a new record for consecutive Test victories by a Tier 1 nation, reaching 18 but having come of age long before,…

Coloradan Finds Rugby Home Where the Sport Is King

Coloradan Finds Rugby Home Where the Sport Is King

Colorado native Chris Baumann, 29, has racked up plenty of miles over the last few years in his quest to play rugby. Now Baumann (pictured centre, tackling Eben Etzebeth of South Africa, 4) is…

Connacht Rugby’s Pat Lam Earns Honorary Degree

Connacht Rugby’s Pat Lam Earns Honorary Degree

New Zealander Pat Lam, head coach of Connacht Rugby, and former rugby international has received an honorary degree from NUI Galway for his achievements, which have significantly enriched both Connacht and the wider community. Lam…

Wasps Jimmy Gopperth Player of the Month

Wasps Jimmy Gopperth Player of the Month

Wasps inside centre/fly-half New Plymouth-born Jimmy Gopperth, 33, has capped a stellar start to the new season by being named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for September. Gopperth – who recently signed a…

Pumas No Match for Unstoppable All Blacks

Pumas No Match for Unstoppable All Blacks

Title-holders New Zealand have made it five bonus-point victories out of five in this year’s Rugby Championship beating Argentina 36-17 in Buenos Aires in front of a 50,000-strong home crowd, South Africa’s Independent Online…

Grant Rawlinson to Row from Singapore to NZ

Grant Rawlinson to Row from Singapore to NZ

Adventurer New Zealander Grant Rawlinson, 42, continues to push the limits embarking on a 12,000km rowing and cycling journey from Singapore to New Zealand. The Singapore permanent resident, who is known as Axe to his…

Japan’s Brave Blossoms Welcome Coach Jamie Joseph

Japan’s Brave Blossoms Welcome Coach Jamie Joseph

In his first press conference since taking charge of Japan national rugby team the Brave Blossoms, New Zealander Jamie Joseph warned fans to expect pain before pleasure as he builds toward the 2019 World…

Warren Gatland Looks to Dethrone the ABs

Warren Gatland Looks to Dethrone the ABs

Warren Gatland, 52, landed in New Zealand last week only two days after being given the job of overthrowing what may be the country’s most cherished institution: the All Blacks rugby team. Gatland has…

Scott Dixon Wins at Watkins Glen

Scott Dixon Wins at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen International is a special place for New Zealander Scott Dixon. He showed why again winning the IndyCar Grand Prix at the historic New York race track. Fastest in every practice and fastest in qualifying, Dixon,…

McLaren Back at Scene of Triumphs

McLaren Back at Scene of Triumphs

If Formula One belongs anywhere, it is in Spa-Francorchamps and if one team belong there then they are McLaren, who approached the past weekend with optimism, if not so much for that race as…

Making Athletic Investment with Coach Jamie Turner

Making Athletic Investment with Coach Jamie Turner

American Gwen Jorgensen’s decision to seek out New Zealander Jamie Turner as a coach was rewarded with the first US Olympic triathlon gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Jorgensen spends five months of…

Astounding Act of Sportsmanship in Rio

Astounding Act of Sportsmanship in Rio

New Zealander Nikki Hamblin, 28, and American Abbey D’Agostino, 24, set a high bar at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, not for winning gold medals but for their touching acts of compassion,…

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in All Departments

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in All Departments

“It is always a pleasure to watch sporting greatness in action, so this was rugby ecstasy,” Sunday Telegraph rugby correspondent Steve James enthuses after the All Blacks thrashed the Wallabies 42-8 in the first…

Medal Per Capital Table Puts NZ up Top in Rio

Medal Per Capital Table Puts NZ up Top in Rio

New Zealand computer scientist Craig Nevill-Manning’s Medal Per Capita table put this year’s New Zealand Olympic team near the top, placing fourth with 18 medals and a population of 4,595,700. That’s one medal for…

Extreme Sailor Ed Smyth Stops off in Cardiff

Extreme Sailor Ed Smyth Stops off in Cardiff

New Zealander Ed Smyth (pictured centre) and Australian James Wierzbowski from the Extreme Sailing Series team Oman Air were in Cardiff recently on a leg of the regatta where they took time to talk…

Human Dolphin William Trubridge

Human Dolphin William Trubridge

William Trubridge “is easily the greatest freediver to ever live, a multiple time world champion and holder of two of the three most significant world records in the sport,” writes Don Rowe for

Mad Mike Whiddett Drifts into Swindon

Mad Mike Whiddett Drifts into Swindon

If you are a hesitant driver, if T-junctions make you shudder and merging makes you quail, New Zealander Mad Mike Whiddett’s antics are not for you, warns Scotland newspaper the Daily Record. The notorious

Jamie Turner Unfurls Triathlon Magic in The Gong

Jamie Turner Unfurls Triathlon Magic in The Gong

In the late 1990s New Zealander Jamie Turner, Triathlon Canada’s current coach, earmarked the beachside mecca of Wollongong in New South Wales as an ideal locale to train a squad of elite triathletes, who…

Triathlete Aaron Fleming Defies the Odds

Triathlete Aaron Fleming Defies the Odds

Blenheim-born Aaron Fleming, 32, will line-up for his eighth Ironman start in Malaysia this November achieving his triathlon goals despite suffering from a collapsed lung, undergoing two major surgeries, and being told he would…

Hurricanes Clinch 2016 Super Rugby Title

Hurricanes Clinch 2016 Super Rugby Title

“After 20 years of waiting, Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett dived on a loose ball with little over 11 minutes remaining to score the winning try and secure his side’s first Super Rugby title with…

Matt Smith Shears World Record in Cornwall

Matt Smith Shears World Record in Cornwall

New Zealand-born cutter Matt Smith, 32, has posted a world nine-hour shearing record of 731 ewes in Cornwall. Smith took an average of 44 seconds to shear each sheep on his way to beating…

Team USA Trainer Craig McFarlane Talks Tough

Team USA Trainer Craig McFarlane Talks Tough

The “beasts” of the Oracle Team USA America’s Cup crew are among the world’s toughest athletes – people for whom some of the most gruelling training imaginable is all part of the routine, and the…

John Danaher On His Leg Lock System

John Danaher On His Leg Lock System

“In recent years a new school of Jiu-Jitsu players have started to perfect the leg lock game,” as reported in an article in BJJ Eastern Europe. John Danaher, New Zealand born BJJ…

Steve Hansen Re-Signs with All Blacks

Steve Hansen Re-Signs with All Blacks

World Cup winning coach Steve Hansen has re-signed with the All Blacks through until 2019, as reported on Fox Sports. “New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said the board unanimously voted to…

Three Golfers Selected to Represent NZ at Rio

Three Golfers Selected to Represent NZ at Rio

Lydia Ko, Danny Lee and Ryan Fox have been chosen to represent New Zealand in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, as reported in the Fiji Times. “This is a truly proud moment for…

Revived Team McLaren Returns to Grand Prix

Revived Team McLaren Returns to Grand Prix

Team McLaren, founded in 1963 by owner-driver New Zealander Bruce McLaren and the second-most successful team in series history, returns this weekend to its home Grand Prix, celebrating 50 years in Formula One –…

Wimbledon’s Anthony Wilding a Superstar of his Day

Wimbledon’s Anthony Wilding a Superstar of his Day

Long before the PR driven age of image rights and social media, before Borg, Laver and even Perry, Wimbledon had its own matinee idol – New Zealand-born Anthony Wilding. Yet despite him being a…

NZ Super Rugby Teams Trouncing Australian

NZ Super Rugby Teams Trouncing Australian

“In the 20 years of Super Rugby, there has never been a weekend like the one just gone, with results that have shaken Australian rugby to its very foundations,” according to the Australian’s senior…

Julie Brougham Takes Most Senior NZ Olympian Crown

Julie Brougham Takes Most Senior NZ Olympian Crown

New Zealand dressage rider Julie Brougham will pip Mark Todd to the “elder statesman” record at this summer’s Olympics, Horse & Hound reports. The New Zealand Olympic committee had said that Todd, 60, would become…

NZ WWII Rugby Jersey Helps Cash-Strapped Welsh Club

NZ WWII Rugby Jersey Helps Cash-Strapped Welsh Club

A forgotten post-war New Zealand rugby jersey found among old artefacts at a Welsh clubhouse has provided a massive financial boost to the side, which is run on a shoestring, according to Wales Online. Officials…

Sam Gaze Wins Mountain Bike World Title

Sam Gaze Wins Mountain Bike World Title

Rio-bound Cambridge mountain biker Sam Gaze, 20, has made it a New Zealand double taking out the under-23 cross-country title at the UCI World Championships in the Czech Republic. Gaze, who rides professionally for Specialized…

Lydia Ko Cruises to 3rd Title of Season in Arkansas

Lydia Ko Cruises to 3rd Title of Season in Arkansas

Sparked by a stretch of four birdies in her first five holes at the NW Arkansas Championship, New Zealand world champion golfer Lydia Ko, 19, opened an early four-shot lead and was rarely challenged…

NZ Thrash Wales to Seal Series Whitewash

NZ Thrash Wales to Seal Series Whitewash

New Zealand has beaten Wales 46-6 to seal the three-Test series at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. This win was the 29th in a row for the All Blacks over the Welsh who not…

Athletics Legend Snell’s Singlet Sells for $100,000

Athletics Legend Snell’s Singlet Sells for $100,000

New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa has bought the singlet New Zealand athletics legend Peter Snell wore when he won two gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics for NZ$140,000 ($100,000) in an auction,…

Earl Bamber Driving His Own Way

Earl Bamber Driving His Own Way

Earl Bamber grew up on a hunting-safari farm in Jerusalem on the Whanganui River, where he was home-schooled by his mother until he was 8. He liked to entertain himself by driving around the…

Freediver William Trubridge Gets Deep

Freediver William Trubridge Gets Deep

American publication Outside Magazine recently caught up with world record-holding freediver New Zealander William Trubridge from his home in the Bahamas, where he runs a diving school called Vertical Blue, to learn…

Jack Lovelock, 1500 Metres Final, Berlin Olympics 1936

Jack Lovelock, 1500 Metres Final, Berlin Olympics 1936

Jack Lovelock’s world-record victory in the 1,500 metres at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is a high point of New Zealand inspiration (fueled by the enthusiastic commentary of the BBC’s Harold Abrahams). Click here to…

Stuart Erskine Completes Seven Summits Challenge

Stuart Erskine Completes Seven Summits Challenge

New Zealand-born adventurer Stuart Erskine has joined an elite group of mountaineers to complete the Seven Summits challenge – climbing the highest mountains on seven continents. “There is a huge focus on self-care and self-preservation,”…

World Champion All Blacks Beat Wales

World Champion All Blacks Beat Wales

New Zealand’s All Blacks have beaten Wales 39-21 in the first test at Eden Park on Saturday, as reported in Fox Sports. The win “was achieved by a team beginning a new era…

Monaco Full of McLaren Memories for Dave Ryan

Monaco Full of McLaren Memories for Dave Ryan

When Manor racing director Dave Ryan started working for the McLaren Formula One team in 1974, the New Zealander was handed a mop and told to clean the floor. The job got more complicated…

Lydia Ko Named in ESPN World Fame 100 Ranking

Lydia Ko Named in ESPN World Fame 100 Ranking

Lydia Ko has been ranked 81st in ESPN’s World Fame 100 List. She is the only New Zealander among the Top 100 Most Famous athletes and one of only eight women on the list. “Ko…

McLaren Lauds Its Hero 50 Years On

McLaren Lauds Its Hero 50 Years On

McLaren is celebrating its Formula 1 heroes and history with a 50th anniversary campaign. An online video charts some of the pivotal moments in the team’s history kicking off at one of McLaren’s earliest…

How Steven Adams Is Becoming Star of NBA Play-Offs

How Steven Adams Is Becoming Star of NBA Play-Offs

With his long hair and handlebar moustache, Steven Adams, 22, looks like he has stepped out of the 1970s. But this 7ft tall New Zealander with a sleeve of tattoos is fast becoming the…

Joseph Parker Defeats Carlos Takam

Joseph Parker Defeats Carlos Takam

“Joseph Parker defeated Carlos Takam via unanimous points decision in Saturday night’s IBF heavyweight title challenger eliminator in New Zealand,” as reported in an article on News.com.au. “We’ve trained very hard and Takam came…

Canoeing World Cup Win for Lisa Carrington

Canoeing World Cup Win for Lisa Carrington

World and Olympic K1 200m champion New Zealander Lisa Carrington, 26, has won the final of the sprint discipline of the opening cup regatta in Duisburg, Germany – her 12th successive victory in the…

Brendon McCullum – New Zealand Cricket’s Renaissance Man

Brendon McCullum – New Zealand Cricket’s Renaissance Man

“In an incredible tale of leadership and introspection to the extent of soul-searching, Brendon McCullum, who retired from international cricket last year, opened up in an exclusive chat to Cricbuzz about why he decided…

Meet William Trubridge the Human Fish

Meet William Trubridge the Human Fish

New Zealander William Trubridge “is a man who both embraces and defies nature,” according to the Telegraph. The director of Vertical Blue, a freediving team and school based in the Bahamas, tells the newspaper…