Super Rugby

Twenty years since Athletic Park closed


Thirty thousand patrons entered Athletic Park for the final time 20 years ago today, 10 October 1999, to watch the Wellington Lions play Otago in round nine of the National Provincial Championship. Athletic Park had been the home of all rugby in Wellington for 97 years. The Lions were also having their best season for

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Short Passes 7 October


+++++ Job done and a perfect representative season for the Wellington Maori side. A late change to proceedings saw them only needing to play once in Saturday’s Te Tini A Maui tournament, taking on Hawke’s Bay Maori for the trophy. A 22-15 win to Te Upoko saw the Hikaia Amohia Trophy put back on the

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Short Passes 16 September (afternoon edition)


Welcome to the last week of winter. The dark days might be behind us soon for another year, but there is an extra spring in the step of rugby players and supporters with the start of the Rugby World Cup just days away. The All Blacks start their campaign against the Springboks this coming Saturday

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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: The Rugby Championship underway


By Kevin McCarthy Are you confused by the first two rounds of the Rugby Championship. Two things – don’t worry, it’s over soon. And yes, it’s okay to be confused. That is after all the point. Neither of the teams that played out the 16-all draw on Saturday are remotely interested in much being clear

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[Evening edition] Short Passes 8 July


Results & Standings HERE  Late Monday edition – content below to be added. Email if you have news or information or a shout-out to an individual or team. A cold day for club rugby on Saturday with a range of  close-knit results across all grades setting up a big final weekend of round-robin action.

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Crusaders (review and wrap)


By Kevin McCarthy I’m writing this on a Thursday so that’s like Day Five after the game and the coulda shoulda woulda froth is starting to subside. Just to get it out of the way. Sam Whitelock did cheat. But it does not follow that we would have scored. You can rage all you like,

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Short Passes 1 July (updated Tuesday)


There are two weeks left in the Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup competitions before the semi-finals and, if you count Petone (need calculators to come out) there are still six teams chasing four spots for the playoffs in both competitions. Plus home semi-finals need to be earned. Similarly, the Division 1 Colts competition is also

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Crusaders (Semi-final)


By Kevin McCarthy As you’ll know, the season probably ends this weekend in Christchurch. On probabilities, the Crusaders will be too good for the Hurricanes. But of course probabilities aren’t certainties. The probabilities are built on what makes the Crusaders so difficult to beat, particularly at home – a world class pack, a world class

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Bulls (quarterfinal)


By Kevin McCarthy It would be a cruel heart which was not sorry for the South African cricketers this week, who having dug themselves into a hole, then proceed to keep looking in the bottom of it for a way out. I personally was sorry for them. But then after about 10 seconds, I thought,

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