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I think about 600 votes. Everywhere is nice down here. If in the mood for quiet and coastal scenes then the Catlins.

George Nepia made his New Zealand debut 100 years ago, but was he really an All Black at just 16 years of age?

Nepia and my grandmother would of likely of been roughly the same age. I’m on the Maori roll but will be leaving it next time because I only got 4 candidates to choose from. I ended up voting for the Tartaria conspiracy guy as I was not going to give any validity to the other 3.

George Nepia made his New Zealand debut 100 years ago, but was he really an All Black at just 16 years of age?

One possible reason whysome sides are not contesting the breakdown is fear of a penalty being awarded with the lineout drive in the 22 coming as a result. I think the teams that follow that approach are not reaping any benefits and are just exhausting themselves in the repeated tackle.

ANALYSIS: Single biggest issue causing Brumbies headaches - and why it can be traced back to Fisher's departure

Thanks PD for this. In rural Maori communities it was common not to have a birth cerificate produced. My grandmother’s birth year like George’s was uncertain.
Apartheid as we know it was not implemented till 1948 but there was clearly an informal system of racial exclusion going on well before then. It is shameful that the NZRU did this in 1928 as not to offend their hosts.

George Nepia made his New Zealand debut 100 years ago, but was he really an All Black at just 16 years of age?

If the Highlanders keep with the same ridiculous gameplan of the last 2 rounds then Rodda and the Force are going to enjoy their game under the roof.

Super Rugby teams round 10: Marky Mark replaces Pietsch, Rebels' LSL blow, Flook boost for Reds, Alaalatoa to start

Great to have Dunshea and Tucker available to help Holland out. Hopefully a bit more vim and vigour at home for the Highlanders. Is Nareki dropped? He seems to of lost his cutting edge lately.

Super Rugby teams round 10: Marky Mark replaces Pietsch, Rebels' LSL blow, Flook boost for Reds, Alaalatoa to start

That was really odd body language by PPP. Strange that in one carry he was still difficult to put down. He has become one of those what if players.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

He has also now has a better roster than last year.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

Oh give over.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

SANZAAR automated email response: Hi, I’m currently on leave and will be back in the office on May 9th 2025. Please send any urgent enquiries to the NZRU, RA or the guy who picks up my mail when I am in Bali.
Cheers.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

😂 you’re talking about every side in rugby these days. Highlanders were just junk at the breakdown.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

It was good coaching to get those journeymen to play at their best and make some realise that some of them actually had a bit more in them.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

Ok I’m stuck in a Highlanders rant moment. I think the talent is there for a good side but they are being poorly coached with a bizarre gameplan of not securing your own ball at the ruck. Much has been made of the academy system down here but I doubt that any benefit will be seen from it if these young players end up being misdirected. they will lose their confidence and awareness of their talent. Sean Withy looked to be trying his heart out there but was left shaking his head several times after conceding possession. I suspect most of these young players will be looking at options.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

Yeah despite male playing numbers declining we can still produce the talent. I wonder when it will really bite though.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

NZ Rugby is paying a price for the focus on the ABs and letting the domestic comps shrink in quality. There is less cash domestically as interest has dwindled.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

I honestly think the talent pool is there for a decent side but the coaching set up is not at Super level and those players are floundering.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

The Highlanders fb page is limiting who can comment. A bit too much honesty from the fans I think.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

You’re trying to be nice to me, it will not work.

Super Rugby teams week 9: Beale back for first time in 1494 days, Reds make 6 changes, Wallaby returns for Brumbies

😂

Super Rugby teams week 9: Beale back for first time in 1494 days, Reds make 6 changes, Wallaby returns for Brumbies

Yip. I think the scolding from Kiss will get the Reds into gear.

Super Rugby teams week 9: Beale back for first time in 1494 days, Reds make 6 changes, Wallaby returns for Brumbies

Our expectations are lower! Mud wrestle you for it!

Super Rugby teams week 9: Beale back for first time in 1494 days, Reds make 6 changes, Wallaby returns for Brumbies

Highlanders playing 2 true locks together! Looks a better balance to the pack with Haig at 6. Still rate Reds as favourites despite suspensions.

Super Rugby teams week 9: Beale back for first time in 1494 days, Reds make 6 changes, Wallaby returns for Brumbies

Yes that would be a pinnacle event for a player to play a final in such a stadium.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Of course we can’t be in his head but that may well be true. Does that cut it for the average punter in NZ and Australia though? The player’s desires and aspirations are important but does that mean more than what the community wants?

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Meaning is important. The event playing out in front of your eyes is important in itself such as as the battle for the Donald Stuart Memorial Shield Otago vs Southland. It should not feel like a rehearsal for something else.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

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