August 26, 2019

French team ignored coach at Rugby World Cup

Imanol Harinordoquy says the French team ignored coach Marc Lievremont at the Rugby World Cup because he was "lost". The World Cup runners-up came in for criticism after some poor performances in the pool stages, losing to Tonga and New Zealand before reaching the final. Lievremont called some … [Read more...]

Kidney Illness forces Jonah Lomu out of charity boxing event

Jonah Lomu's ongoing kidney disease means he has been forced to withdraw from the Fight for Life charity boxing event next month. The 36-year-old had been training hard for the fight but has now ended up on dialysis and the future of his transplanted kidney appears bleak. At last night's IRB … [Read more...]

Tui says ‘Yeah Right’ billboard not aimed at Steve Jobs

A Tui billboard that apparently pokes fun at the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs is an unfortunate coincidence, the brewery says - but it won't be coming down until Monday. One of the offending billboards - which reads "Job's done. Yeah Right." - is visible to thousands of commuters on … [Read more...]

Zara Phillips turns up in NZ to check on Mike Tindall

Royal newlyweds Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall have been caught on camera this morning in Dunedin, New Zealand. Zara Phillips arrived in Dunedin yesterday only a week after tabloid allegations of her new husband getting up close and friendly with a female patron at a Queenstown bar last … [Read more...]

Rugby World Cup ticket scam busted

One man believed to be part of an international ticket-fraud ring has been deported to Africa in the past few days and another six people have been refused entry to New Zealand as authorities clamp down Rugby World Cup tickets purchased with stolen credit cards. Rugby New Zealand 2011 spokesman … [Read more...]

All Blacks ‘abstain’ campaign supported by NZRU

The New Zealand Rugby Union is publicly backing an advertising campaign which encourages All Blacks fans to abstain from sex during the World Cup in support of the team. The "Abstain for the Blacks," campaign is set to launch next week and is run by the Telecom-sponsored official All Blacks' fan … [Read more...]

Adidas holds firm on price of All Blacks jerseys in NZ

All Blacks sponsor Adidas is refusing to budge on the price of All Blacks replica jerseys being sold in New Zealand despite pressure from sports retailers and fans. Even All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads has backed fans and retailers saying he can't understand why the Rugby World Cup jersey is so … [Read more...]

Sonny Bill Williams to stay with NZ rugby

Sonny Bill Williams has confirmed he'll stay with rugby in New Zealand for at least another year, and a three-way race is now expected for his signature for Super Rugby. He must decide between the Blues, Chiefs and Crusaders as his Super Rugby franchise. The All Blacks midfielder said when he … [Read more...]

Wallabie prop Benn Robinson ruled out of Rugby World Cup

Australian prop Benn Robinson has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup today after he suffered a knee injury in training yesterday. Scans today revealed the 26 year-old Wallaby had torn his anterior cruciate ligament. Robinson will undergo surgery in the coming days, which rules him out … [Read more...]

Wayne Bennett to help Wallabies for Rugby World Cup

Champion rugby league coach Wayne Bennett is to help the Wallabies in their preparation for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand later this year. Wallabies assistant-coach, Jim Williams is wanting Bennett to provide some insights about how a sports team can succeed at a major sports tournament like … [Read more...]

Kurtley Beale leaving Waratahs for Melbourne Rebels

Australian Rugby star Kurtley Beale is to announce tomorrow that he has signed to play for the Melbourne Rebels in next seasons Super Rugby competition. It is understood that the Rebels lured Beale from Sydney to Melbourne with a two year financial offer he could not refuse, including lucrative … [Read more...]

Christchurch loses all Rugby World Cup Games

Christchurch, New Zealand has been stripped of all seven of its scheduled Rugby World Cup games following the devastating earthquake last month that has severely damaged the city. Christchurch's AMI Stadium, which has been badly damamged, was due to host pool games involving England, Argentina, … [Read more...]

Robbie Deans signs with ARU for two more years

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is set to sign a two year contract extention with the Australain Rugby Union before Septembers Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. ARU Chief Executive John O'Neill has approved a contract extension for the coach he brought in to restore Australian rugby pride after the … [Read more...]

All Blacks v Ireland preview

The All Blacks have named a strong side for the weekends Rugby international against Ireland at Aviva Stadium. They are going to need it as well. Never in recent seasons have I heard such confidence from All Blacks supporters. It is starting to rival the airs of superiority that swirled around … [Read more...]

All Blacks v Wallabies in Hong Kong – Preview

Both the All Blacks and the Wallabies have gone for experience and reputation over form and match fitness for tomorrows Rugby International in Hong Kong. Any Test match between Australia and New Zealand is an intense affair, but this one is lacking the egde that is normally there. It has been … [Read more...]