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Zakaia Cvitanovich

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I'm a kiwi living in the Middle East. I support the All Blacks, Hurricanes and Tasman.

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Thanx Bobby.

Rugby knowledge isn’t gender dependent

Thanx Machooka. I guess when it comes down to it, there’s always going to be people who need to find something to latch onto if they disagree with you, whether it be gender or nationality.

Rugby knowledge isn’t gender dependent

Thanx Rhys, I certainly have no intention of giving writing up – enjoy it too much.

Rugby knowledge isn’t gender dependent

It would be an interesting study to see if there’d be a difference to the number of responses if she wrote under a male pseudonym. I just wonder why people feel they can’t (shouldn’t?) respond. If they spend the time reading, you’d think there’d be an opinion somewhere.

Rugby knowledge isn’t gender dependent

You mean Ireland’s NZ style of play don’t you?

Ireland vs All Blacks to decide the best rugby team on the planet

There’s been a few articles recently about how vulnerable the ABs are and how both England and Ireland can take them.

Ireland vs All Blacks to decide the best rugby team on the planet

Who’s the Irish flyhalf mentoring our “up and comers”?

Ireland vs All Blacks to decide the best rugby team on the planet

What great feedback. Thank you ????

The language of rugby

Lol thank goodness for the digital age then.

The language of rugby

Thank you Warren.

The language of rugby

Hmm, so how does that relate to my articles on the gender divide, coaching, fandom, respecting Japan’s wishes or Serena William’s lack of sportsmanship? And while I mentioned the impact of language in “Playing like a Girl”, it was a completely different context. In that article the language being analyzed was misogynistic in nature, while this was a close analysis of the 4 words (cheats, dirty, illegal, and intimidation) that are used differently when discussing the ABs as opposed to any other team. So I would actually say that this IS something I haven’t “told [you] already”.
You’re quite correct in that I write about what I know… although the writer of one of the comments above would dispute that (apparently I know nothing about rugby nor am I an ABs fan). I’d rather write about NZ rugby because it’s what I watch and primarily read about. I don’t get access to netball here, but the Black Caps are coming to Abu Dhabi, so maybe there’ll be opportunity for variety there. But in general, I’d rather have opinions about things I know than things I don’t.
I also tend to write in a fairly academic style (of which I’m regularly condemned for), so try not to be defensive. But objectivity is sometimes difficult.
But thank you for your suggestion. I will take it on board.

The language of rugby

Criticism is par for the course. Especially with the winning rate the ABs have. And teams deserve to be criticized for dirty or unfair play. I have no problem with that at all.
But did you even read the article? Coz what I’m saying is that all teams are as guilty as each other with what goes down on the field, but it seems to be only the ABs that incur that wrath of the media and public. So while you may believe that people should be happy and content with “unfair criticism”, I believe that the criticism of foul play etc. should be evenly dished out.

The language of rugby

Rhys, nobody on here has said anything of the sorts. What we’re all saying is that everybody does it. What you’re saying is only the ABs do. It’s you who is “fooling themselves.”

The language of rugby

Goodness Rhys, you’d really wish a player to be injured? That’s terrible. Did you celebrate when Sam Cane’s neck was fractured? That was the result of some dirty play too, but I haven’t read anything by a kiwi that wants revenge. Most of us are just hoping Cane recovers quickly and completely.

The language of rugby

Thank you. Yes, there is a lot of that, but that’s par for the course. It is, after all, a “sports opinion” website.

The language of rugby

I agree. But often, and this is what the article is about, the way those occurrences are written up are very different.

The language of rugby

It did get “lost in the cracks of the Roar office”.
I’m a kiwi, but I don’t consider this whinging… it’s an observation of what I’ve seen and heard in the media.

The language of rugby

I submitted the article before I went on my summer vacation early July, but I did start writing it before then, got sidetracked with finals, then went back to it.

The language of rugby

They are the stats provided by WR. Maybe write to them asking them to update their database.

The language of rugby

Sorry if it came across as “defensive” – that wasn’t my intention. I was trying to express my observations the same way I’d write an academic paper.

The language of rugby

At the last RWC, Argentina were the only squad with all home-born players. So the Pumas have got a great record of fielding predominantly Argentinian players.

Fake news: 'Poaching' allegations the latest slight against the All Blacks

Thanx Sam

The language of rugby

Not at all Harry. It’s merely a thesis based on my observations. And every one of those observations has been substantiated with evidence, which I analyzed.
And yep, I did say all teams do it!

The language of rugby

Carlos, you realize Abu Dhabi and Dubai are two different places don’t you? Perhaps you should do some research, like I do while writing, before accusing others. Oh, and what’s my place of residence got anything to do with this? What are you trying to say? People that live in the UAE don’t have a right to an opinion? Because I don’t pay tax I shouldn’t concern myself with rugby? I’m curious why you would even bring that up.
You obviously have an issue with me more than what I write. And that’s your prerogative. But don’t try to cloak it as anything else.
How is this article “saintly”? Where did I claim the ABs are saints? I didn’t, did I!
How is this click-bait? The title of the article is clearly related to the content, so no ‘click-baiting” was involved.
You’re first comment wasn’t even about this article… It was about an article that I wrote and submitted before I went on my summer holiday, and that was published while I was touring the Balkans for 8 weeks. So I’m sorry that I missed replying then.

The language of rugby

Thanx Akari.
Actually, Shield’s parents both moved to NZ as children themselves. None of the mainstream articles at the time mentioned that.

Fake news: 'Poaching' allegations the latest slight against the All Blacks