Posts Tagged "New Zealand Rugby Union"
The Wallabies’ backline likely have their best shot to crack the All Blacks’ backline in next week’s final Bledisloe Cup match with the departure of All Blacks centre Conrad Smith for a well-earned six months break, or as the New Zealand Rugby Union (NRZU) calls it – a sabbatical.
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Australian rugby commentators and supporters are making some really bad choices. Recently, what annoyed me most is the way Israel Folau was constantly referenced as the “needing more ball” or being “under used”.
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Now the dust has settled on the Trans-Tasman battle, and the chest beating, posturing, claims and counterclaims, accusations of cheating by both sides and the odd offensive posts are behind us.
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In an article in today’s New Zealand Herald, rugby writer Gregor Paul lambasts the New Zealand Rugby Union for failing to send an All Blacks team to Fiji this year to help celebrate the Fiji Rugby Union’s centenary.
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The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) has announced a healthy profit, boosted substantially by the controversial deal to put advertising on the All Blacks’ playing jersey.
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Troubled All Blacks winger Zac Guildford’s admission that he is an alcoholic played a huge part in the New Zealand Rugby Union’s (NZRU) decision to continue his professional rugby career.
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What would happen if New Zealand rugby was able to fund a fully professional domestic competition? What would the implications be for Australian rugby in particular, but also the Pacific Island unions?
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Two rich French rugby clubs are locked in a battle to secure the services of All Blacks playmaker Dan Carter in 2014, according to European media.
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When the Super Rugby conference system began I had a feeling this format wouldn’t provide the best way to present us with the strongest teams in the Southern Hemisphere showpiece.
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I was in one of the boxes at Allianz Stadium (well, someone has to do the hard yards) among a number of former Waratahs and Wallaby greats for the round-10 match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders.
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This has been the best Super Rugby season since 2003. But it is only going to get better in the coming years; there is a lot of room for growth.
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New Zealand has named their squad with a number of new caps, similar to Ireland. The presence of Richie McCaw and Dan Carter in the team will bring comfort to a lot of New Zealand fans.
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The climb to reach the top of a Rugby World Cup hill is hard and long. Once reached, the slippery slide downhill is easy. This is noticeable with the Rugby World Cup Class of 2011 All Blacks.
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You know that feeling: you build the night up, go out and put all your effort into having a good time and enjoying yourself, only to wake up in the morning feeling like you have been slapped in the face with a cold fish.
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My workmate in Perth often makes jokes about my homeland, New Zealand. His favourite is “when you go to New Zealand you wind your clock forward four hours… then back 40 years.”
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It seems that after just seven rounds of Super Rugby in 2012, Australian teams are falling off the pace of the high-flying Kiwis and Saffers.
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With the Six Nations over, attention in the northern hemisphere is now on the upcoming mid-year internationals.
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The potential demise of the Otago Rugby Union (ORU), which has existed for 126 years, displays the dark side of modern sports. Namely, money, and the pride that comes with it.
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An issue that seems to consistently be raised by Kiwis and South Africans alike is the perceived weakness of the Australia conference in Super Rugby.
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At times, it has been difficult to follow. At times, it has been amazing. At times poor match attendances have raised questions over the feasibilty of the ITM Cup, the professional competition involving the strongest New Zealand provinces.
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