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Down Right Funny

Down Right Funny

“I’m sure New Zealand has its own sense of humour. I know so, because I once wrote a preview of the rugby world cup for a satirical magazine here, a piece which represented what I hoped…

Hakaed Out?

Hakaed Out?

Has over-exposure taken the edge off the AB’s haka?

Kingsley Link

Kingsley Link

Phil Kingsley-Jones manages Jonah – his son, Kingsley Jones, has been likened to All Black Josh Kronfeld.  

Awards of Merit

Awards of Merit

Controversial clergyman and academic Lloyd Geering carried off the highest honour in the New Years’ list, Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Colin “Pinetree” Meads, All Black 1957-71 and all-time greatest AB, is one…

White Flight = All Black

White Flight = All Black

British journalists fear reverse colonisation as staunch Polynesian men flex their muscles on the rugby field.  

Tumeke Te Nana

Tumeke Te Nana

Karl Te Nana picked up Man of the Tournament and R10 000 after New Zealand’s winning sevens effort in Durban.

Rugger Scrum

Rugger Scrum

Recent south-north tests have created a scrum among sport journalist, players and coaches over playing style and rule reform SMH likes the running game, French coach describes losses as “no-brainers“, Welsh coach Kiwi Graham Henry has…

Gulf Rugby Shock

Gulf Rugby Shock

The Arabian Gulf 7s team are rather daunted by the thought of meeting New Zealand at the World 7s Series. “When I heard the draw I was lost for words,” said Arabian coach Darryl Weir. …

Goldie Rides Again

Goldie Rides Again

The prodigiously talented Jeff Wilson – in this age of professionalism, perhaps the last person to be an AB and a Black Cap – has returned to rugby after a year’s refresher. “I’m sure he will…

Well-ing-ton!

Well-ing-ton!

Wellington took out the NPC, beating a Canterbury side that fielded 12 AB’s in the starting line up. International stars did their bit for the Lions, with Lomu scoring twice and Cullen setting up for Inoki…

Cullen a Keeper

Cullen a Keeper

Christian Cullen has resisted overseas contracts to concentrate on winning the World Cup for New Zealand in 2003 (which will be held in Australia and New Zealand). “The World Cup is the only thing I haven’t won…

Jonah Joins the Kids

Jonah Joins the Kids

Eighty school children from around the world joined in the “Forever Sports Challenge” during the Olympics. Some major sporting metal flew in to assist with the challenge, including Jonah Lomu as specialist warm-up coach.

Rugby: Brits Gush About All Blacks

Rugby: Brits Gush About All Blacks

“To watch the sheer brilliance of New Zealand’s opening passage of play against the Wallabies, and then to have that followed by the marvellous fightback which took Australia to level pegging—and for that quality to be sustained…

As Good as It Gets? Back in Black!

As Good as It Gets? Back in Black!

“The jagged edge is back to New Zealand’s game, the legal violence of execution beneath the blades of the All Black harvester,” writes the Sydney Morning Herald. We couldn’t have said it better. Shell-shocked Aussie captain John…

“The Greatest Game Ever Played? This One’s the Winner”

“The Greatest Game Ever Played? This One’s the Winner”

A world record crowd at Stadium Australia witnessed what was acclaimed as one of the great test matches. A waltzing Jonah scored the winning try in injury time in a miraculous end to a thrilling match,…

“Absence of Cutting Edge” Proves Scots Undoing

“Absence of Cutting Edge” Proves Scots Undoing

The All Blacks proved the theory and continued with breathtaking conviction to erase uncomfortable memories when they trounced Scotland 48-14. As Andy Nicol, the Scotland captain remarked later, “that is as ruthless a team as I…

Graham Henry First Non-British Coach of the Lions

Graham Henry First Non-British Coach of the Lions

Call it post-colonial, call it usurping, but New Zealander Graham Henry will be charged with giving the British Lions Rugby-Union team a new roar for their tour of Australia next year. Citing his will to win…

Dallas Cowboys in the Super 12?

Dallas Cowboys in the Super 12?

Rugby, the sport of choice in countries like New Zealand and Australia is gaining a strong foothold in the States, and particularly in Dallas, Patricia Lowell finds out why. “Rugby may have a reputation for being…

All Black’s Blunt Edge in 95 World Cup Final Attributed to Poisoning

All Black’s Blunt Edge in 95 World Cup Final Attributed to Poisoning

A former major in the South African Police has backed up claims that the All Black team was poisoned on the eve of the 1995 World Cup final, “I only have the evidence of my eyes but…

New Zealand No.8 Legend Farewelled

New Zealand No.8 Legend Farewelled

He changed the rugby ball in the same crazy way that Kiwi farmers altered fencing wire. “The career of Zinzan Brooke, a singular player in a uniform age, ended at Twickenham yesterday amid a sea of points…

Jonah the Barbarian: Tackled by Media Frenzy

Jonah the Barbarian: Tackled by Media Frenzy

“Images of him snarling, smiling and sneering as he tore through defenses like a crazy cartoon character were the most memorable of the tournament and his performance has gone down as one of the the most almighty…

They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  Crusaders Put Down the Brumbies

They Shoot Horses Don’t They?  Crusaders Put Down the Brumbies

The Canterbury Crusaders beat the ACT Brumbies 20-19 to win the Super 12 rugby union series for the third year running. New Zealand teams have now won all five editions of the Super 12…

Superstar Jonah Shows that He’s got Grass-roots

Superstar Jonah Shows that He’s got Grass-roots

Rugby superstar Jonah Lomu, shows he still knows what the game’s all about in the professional era, and will play for a local club in the Wellington second division club rugby competition.  

Jonah and a Large Fish: a Biblical Sports Story?

Jonah and a Large Fish: a Biblical Sports Story?

Rugby Superstar Jonah Lomu joins Anna Kournikova and David Beckham to star in Adidas global advertising campaign. The ad was shot in New Zealand.  

Kiwi Powerhouses Overwhelm Aussies to Seal Women’s Rugby Title

Kiwi Powerhouses Overwhelm Aussies to Seal Women’s Rugby Title

New Zealand, strengthened by a full national side for the first time, thrashed fellow antipodeans 36-10 to win the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens for the second year running yesterday.

Kiwis Claim Hong Kong

Kiwis Claim Hong Kong

New Zealand enhanced their reputation as stars of the sevens game with a crushing victory over the defending champions Fiji in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens.