All Blacks

Aisle be Back: The RWC starting – let’s go


Above: The All Blacks in training in Japan. PHOTO credit: NZRU media release/Getty Images. By Kevin McCarthy Can someone please just kick off.Like me you’ve probably had enough of watching the build-up to the Rugby World Cup. It’s only then we will begin to sketch in a few realities and answer a few questions. Like

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Aisle be Back: Rugby World Cup predictions


By Kevin McCarthy Time to make predictions! Utterly useless predictions most likely, but everyone does it and it wouldn’t seem fair not to join in the fun. Are they pointless? Well no obviously not, but you can guarantee that while some assumptions will prevail, others will be ruthlessly overturned by the actual bounce of the

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Aisle be Back: Remembering past Rugby World Cups


By Kevin McCarthy Anyone else out there remember parts of their life by what or where they were when a rugby world cup happened? There’s been eight so far. Since honestly nothing much is happening, while we wait for the last pre-cup hit outs, and for SBW to be injury hit – no, sorry, injury

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Short Passes 2 September


On Saturday the Upper Hutt Rams J8s won the last club rugby title of the year up for grabs, the Reserve Grade Division 2 Alan Seerup Cup. PHOTO: Peter McDonald. More photos of this game and season photos archive at  Welcome to a new week in rugby. A focus for Club Rugby over the

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Aisle be Back: The Lions win at the death and the All Blacks are named


Above: The Wellington Lions retained the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy on Thursday night with a 29-22 win over Counties Manukau.  By Kevin McCarthy Two tries in three minutes and the Lions came roaring home at the death last night against Counties-Manukau. Talk about taking the win and all that, but the coaches will probably wish

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Short Passes 26 August (afternoon edition)


Another month is drawing to a close, but before it does there is a banquet of rugby coming up over the next several days. This sumptuous rugby experience starts this Thursday when the Wellington Lions play the Counties Manukau Stadium Steelers at Wellington Stadium for the Jonah Lomu Trophy (more on that at the bottom)

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Short Passes 19 August + Pride squad named


Above: Tawa College won the Premier 2 college final in a splash on Saturday. PHOTO: Andy McArthur. Update: The Wellington Pride squad for the upcoming Women’s NPC competition is: Midweek rugby this Wednesday sees the final of the Premier 1 Girls competition between Porirua College and Hutt Valley High School. Kick-off at Jerry Collins Stadium

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Aisle be Back: Bledisloe Cup #2


By Kevin McCarthy It was fascinating but not very informative to have the last five days or so of dissection of the All Blacks thumping loss to the Wallabies in Bledisloe One. But now at least we have the team out for Bledisloe Two. Both wingers and one prop gone on form alone. You’d imagine

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60th anniversary of Wellington’s largest rugby crowd


Athletic Park full up on 15 August 1959. PHOTO:  They came in their droves. Wellington’s largest rugby crowd, then and now, estimated on the day at 60,000 but revised down to 59,000, packed the old Athletic Park to watch the All Blacks defeat the touring British Isles 11-8 and go two nil up in their

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