• Hansen’s Successor will Need Extra Thick Rhino Skin

    The search for Steve Hansen’s successor is in full swing in New Zealand. We do not know who it will be, but the bloke had better be ready to suffer the slings and arrows of ascending to a role where comparisons to Hansen will not be limited to football results only. The new man might … Keep Reading “Hansen’s Successor will Need Extra Thick Rhino Skin”

  • SBW to Canada on Huge Deal with English Super League Toronto Wolfpack

    Sonny Bill Williams, done with the All Blacks, will join the Toronto Wolfpack on a two-year deal reportedly for $10 million, making him the highest paid player in rugby anywhere in the world. Ten million is almost NBA money and it is certainly NFL money, at least for some on the lower-paid positions. Toronto is … Keep Reading “SBW to Canada on Huge Deal with English Super League Toronto Wolfpack”

  • All Blacks World Cup Exit Met with Acceptance in New Zealand

    The All Blacks’ loss to England in the 2019 World Cup Rugby tournament in Japan did not unleash Armageddon in Auckland. There was very little cursing in Christchurch. It would appear as though the Kiwis have developed an appropriate level of jaundice over the fate of the national rugby squad. Past losses have triggered all … Keep Reading “All Blacks World Cup Exit Met with Acceptance in New Zealand”

  • Cheika Advocates for an Aussie Coach as a Successor

    The next coach of the Wallabies will have, judging by the results of five years with Michael Cheika at the helm, average sized boots to fill. No indictment of Cheika. He had an impossible task and it is highly doubtful that his successor can take the playing group from which the Wallabies draw and make … Keep Reading “Cheika Advocates for an Aussie Coach as a Successor”

  • NZR Chairman Brent Impey Bent on Shifting Eligibility Rules

    It is one thing to whinge when reality deals a shabby hand, but it seems disingenuous to whinge when said whinging is coming from the top. Yet, New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey took his sledge to World Rugby, saying essentially that the football governing body has bent its regulations to suit the likes of … Keep Reading “NZR Chairman Brent Impey Bent on Shifting Eligibility Rules”

  • Springboks Take Momentary Pool B Lead at RWC 2019

    Nothing over which to be concerned. True, South Africa have risen above New Zealand at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but it is only temporary, as the All Blacks have a game in hand in Pool B play. The Springboks took the heavy sledge to Canada, winning 66 – 7, yet they managed to go … Keep Reading “Springboks Take Momentary Pool B Lead at RWC 2019”

  • Autex Finds Bargain in Obtaining Total Control of New Zealand Warriors

    The New Zealand Warriors have found a willing buyer for the NRL club in the Auckland-based Autex Industries. Autex has made a deal to buy the majority interest that had been in the hands of the Carlaw Heritage Trust. There are still a few details to be completed, with the expectation being that the final … Keep Reading “Autex Finds Bargain in Obtaining Total Control of New Zealand Warriors”

  • 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”