Representative Rugby | 25 October 2018 |
I’m struggling to muster enthusiasm for the Japan thing. That bit where one part of the All Blacks play a pretty meaningless further Bledisloe match, then another part full of players most of us have never seen before, play the Japanese national team.
It’s no-one’s fault except the Wallabies that they don’t set the pulse racing. As I’ve said before, we play them way too often these days, and frankly, it’s not actually helping them nor the prestige of the Bled...More
Representative Rugby | 18 October 2018 |
Farah Palmer is a global women’s rugby icon, having played 35 Test matches for the Black Ferns and represented Otago, Waikato and Manawatu at provincial level. In 2014, Palmer was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame and two years later the National Provincial Championship was named after her.
Palmer was initially reluctant to have a trophy bearing her name.
“It was in 2016 they convinced me to let that happen. I agreed on the basis that it was all about women and encouraging them to play the game,” Palmer recalls...More
Representative Rugby | 20 September 2018 |
Above: Vaea Fifita and Greg Foe and the Wellington Lions play Manawatu for the Coronation Cup this coming Sunday in Palmerston North, kick-off 4.35pm.
Losing may be bad, but sometimes winning is worse.
Everyone’s talking about Saturday’s seismic result from the New Zealand perspective, as if that is all that matters.
What, though, will South Africa take from it once the tears have subsided.
Well, if they play to their strengths and play out of their skins for 80 minutes, they can match the All Blacks and rattle them badly...More
Representative Rugby | 16 September 2018 |
Bay of Plenty with the Graham Mourie Cup. PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/NationalUnder19s/
Bay of Plenty have become the fifth different winner of the Graham Mourie Cup in as many years, dramatically defeating Canterbury 35-30 in the Premiership final of the Jock Hobbs Memorial U19 tournament on Saturday.
The dying stages of the match categorially illustrated how sought after this title has become.
Bay of Plenty was ahead 27-23 with eight minutes remaining. The Junior Steamers put together 17 phases and earned a penalty which fullback Kaleb Trask failed to kick...More
Representative Rugby | 13 September 2018 |
Action from the Wellington v Canterbury semi-final. PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.facebook.com/NationalUnder19s/
Either Bay of Plenty or Canterbury will be crowned the best Under-19 team in New Zealand on Saturday.
On day two of the Jock Hobbs Memorial tournament at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, both unions enjoyed commanding victories in their respective Graham Mourie Cup semi-finals.
Meanwhile in the Michael Jones Trophy a new champion will be anointed after Otago edged Counties 27-25.
Counties was down 24-22 with five minutes remaining, but an angled 35-meter penalty by Tala Potifara regained the lead for the defending champions...More
Representative Rugby | 10 September 2018 |
Above: Kienan Higgins makes a break for it for Wellington against Taranaki on Sunday. PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.facebook.com/NationalUnder19s/
The top four has been resolved at the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under-19 tournament in Taupo. Bay of Plenty are the favourites to win the Graham Mourie Premiership after crushing Hawke’s Bay by a record score of 90-0. Two weeks earlier Bay of Plenty thrashed Taranaki 94-0 in the seeding rounds and are so far unbeaten in 2018.
Bay of Plenty will tackle North Harbour in the first semi-final after they edged Tasman 28-25...More
Representative Rugby | 05 September 2018 |
Over 400 of New Zealand’s leading age group rugby players will be on display at Owen Delany Park in Taupo this coming week when the fifth annual Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament kicks off. In no particular order here are some names to watch out for.
Disclaimer: Squads subject to change before tournament.
Callum Harkin (Wellington) - Struggled to achieve regular game time when a member of the St Patrick's College, Silverstream First XV two years ago, but a spell in Ireland and regular minutes for the Axemen in Premier club footy has seen Harkin grow in stature...More
Representative Rugby | 30 August 2018 |
Above: TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea in action for the Hurricanes earlier this year - both start for the Wellington Lions this Friday night against Southland.
When you light up the turf like Beauden Barrett, then you’ve got to expect things to get silly. From sacrificial Goat pre-Bledisloe, to potential GOAT, all in the space of two tests.
GOAT, all capitals, is the moniker for Greatest Of All Time. Poor Beaudy, no-one should have that slung at them at this stage in the career.
They’re not the same players but inevitably the comparisons are made with Dan Carter, and in particular that second test against the Lions in Wellington, 2005...More
Representative Rugby | 16 August 2018 |
Truth is a pretty fluid concept these days in the modern leading countries of the world, but here in the backwaters, it’s still quaintly held on to.
Which made me wince a bit for Vaea Fifita when he was quoted as saying maybe Steve Hansen wasn’t telling him the truth over why he’s been dropped for the upcoming internationals.
The reason is supposedly that Fifita has played lock for the Hurricanes this season, when he’s seen as a blindside by himself, and the selectors...More
Hurricanes | 02 August 2018 |
Above: The Super Rugby trophy, which the Hurricanes will have to wait another year to win again.
So it ends with a whimper and not a bang, and in the heart of hearts, it’s felt like that was where the Hurricanes were headed for a number of weeks.
Whatever your level of disappointment, I personally try to frame it in these terms. Basically, in any year before 2016, we’d be celebrating being in the semi-finals. It would typically represent a season of over-achieving
Nowadays, it’s a kick in the guts not to be there at the final...More