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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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Short Passes 17 June


Short Passes in Club Rugby’s weekly news in briefs, happenings and noticeboard round-up Email if you want to contribute or have some news. +++++ The Hutt Valley High School First XV plays Whanganui High School at 11.30am on Wednesday as part of their annual sports exchange. The only other mid-week rugby in Wellington this

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Blues


By Kevin McCarthy  Never say Never but it’s hard to believe that Beaudie for the Blues is anything other than the sort of stuff that comes out when a player is off contract and trying to get the best deal. A move surely wouldn’t be about greater opportunity or moving out of another’s shadow to

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Lions


Above: Beauden Barrett kicks for goal against the Lions in 2018. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius.  By Kevin McCarthy Just another dull week in Wellington rugby – rock and roll on the field, drugs somewhere off it, and I’m pretty sure, there was sex somewhere too. Let’s stick to rugby shall we. Nothing much has changed equation

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes in South Africa week one


By Kevin McCarthy Say what you like about the convoluted Super Rugby system, and yes, no one will mourn its passing, but the competition is just that with three rounds to go. Looking of course at the Hurricanes, there is much to play for and be nervous about in the next few weeks – even

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