• Off Field Politeness of All Blacks in Japan Includes Hiding Body Art

    So, if the All Blacks had shown up in Japan with tattoos of the Rising Sun, would they still have to cover them in deference to the local culture? New Zealanders, even the rugby sort, are just this side of the Canadians when it comes to respect for the customs of others, so according to … Keep Reading “Off Field Politeness of All Blacks in Japan Includes Hiding Body Art”

  • All Blacks Thirsty for Third World Cup, but Will Not be Dehydrated

    Credit to the 2019 Rugby World Cup organisers, they did not stage completely hopeless matchups for the tournament in Japan. The All Blacks will face the Springboks for their opener. The squad is now making preparations and the ever-vigilant Steve Hansen is conditioning his players to adjust to the heat and humidity Japan offers this … Keep Reading “All Blacks Thirsty for Third World Cup, but Will Not be Dehydrated”

  • Times Tough in Tonga and Only Getting Tougher

    The All Blacks have the Haka. The team from Tonga have the Sipi Tau and in the CBD of Melbourne, the Wallabies do the polka. Tonga has the tall task of beating New Zealand in Hamilton. Sixth time’s a charm? The previous five Test between the two island countries of the Pacific Ocean have all … Keep Reading “Times Tough in Tonga and Only Getting Tougher”

  • Castle Caves and Agrees to Review International Player Regulation

    Raelene Castle, the head of rugby Australia, has said that it is high time to re-examine the “Giteau Law,’ the regulation that makes it next to impossible for an Aussie footballer to play rep football for the Wallabies after playing abroad. In a nutshell, the regulation states that any Australian who goes oversees, cannot play … Keep Reading “Castle Caves and Agrees to Review International Player Regulation”

  • Too Soon to Declare All Black Dominance Over

    The Wallabies were wading the Tasman before the All Blacks concluded their victory haka in the aftermath of a 36 – 0 sledging in Eden Park that not only affected the confidence levels of the current Wallabies, but also those of the next several generations. The loss in Perth had the customary worriers out in … Keep Reading “Too Soon to Declare All Black Dominance Over”

  • Abbreviated Bledisloe Cup Moves to Eden Park in Shortened Series

    It took 16 years, but the Wallabies have a chance to win the Bledisloe Cup when they meet the All Blacks at Eden Park come Saturday. The first game of the series, played in Perth, resulted in a decisive 47 – 26 win for Australia. It would be inaccurate to say that the All Blacks … Keep Reading “Abbreviated Bledisloe Cup Moves to Eden Park in Shortened Series”

  • Gold Coast Titan Train Wreck Features no Shortage of Rubber Neckers

    Incoming Gold Coast Titans’ coach Justin Holbrook might have endured a blow to his confidence from watching Gold Coast endure a humiliating loss to Sydney in the last round of the Telstra 2019 NRL Premiership competition. Some allowance must be made for the Titans playing at SCG, but we do not think that allowance should … Keep Reading “Gold Coast Titan Train Wreck Features no Shortage of Rubber Neckers”

  • Dealer Takes All Ties is a Blackjack not Cricket Rule

    Discussions of a rematch between the Black Caps and the Poms when the Brits tour for two Tests and five T20s in November, but the idea of changing one of the T20s to an ODI does not seem to have a lot of support. How about this, then? The Black Caps to spot England 10 … Keep Reading “Dealer Takes All Ties is a Blackjack not Cricket Rule”

  • Line for Hansen’s Successor Stretches from Auckland to Christchurch

    We can only guess what is going on in the boardrooms and the back rooms over the prospect of selecting a successor for departing All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. Hansen is calling time as coach of the Kiwi national team at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup competition in Japan and it would … Keep Reading “Line for Hansen’s Successor Stretches from Auckland to Christchurch”

  • ICC World Cup Tie Should Have Continued Until a Clear Winner Emerged

    If The Championships at Wimbledon, tied 12-all in the fifth set before the tiebreaker decided it for Novak Djokovic, what do you suppose would have been the reaction if the match had been handed to Roger Federer because he had more service aces or fewer double faults? England was awarded the 2019 ICC ODI Cricket … Keep Reading “ICC World Cup Tie Should Have Continued Until a Clear Winner Emerged”