Aisle be Back: the end of the year and the elephant in the room


Mid December and summer just starting and the National 7s this weekend in Tauranga – but we are now closer to the start of the 2020 rugby season than we are to the end of the this year’s season so enjoy the rugby break. By Falkland Islands correspondent Kevin McCarthy. So this is Christmas and

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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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Pressing for the top


 The following story was written by Adam Julian and first published on College Sport Wellington. For Wellington Premiership Draws & Results click HERE  Harrison Press was the only individual from Upper Hutt to make the Hurricanes Under-18 representative squad. The front rower at Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) was driven to greater heights by a

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Aisle be Back: The Rugby Championship kicks off


By Kevin McCarthy Argentina should be kicking themselves for not finally nailing the All Blacks on Sunday. Facing a deliberately weaker visiting side, it really was set up for them. Not that the All Blacks will ever surrender easily and so we saw. There was a ton of starch in the defensive effort and just

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Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council U18s named for Blues


For more visit the Hurricanes Youth Council website HERE  The following 23 players have been selected in the 2019 Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Under 18 team, to play the Blues Under 18 selection at Owen Delaney Park, Taupo, at 1.30pm on Sunday, 14 July: Jeremiah Tuitaua, Hastings BHS, Hawkes Bay RFU Joeli Rauca, Hastings BHS,

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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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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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