Lions won’t win with penalties alone
The Lions did against the Crusaders what we all expected of them from the start. It won’t be enough to beat the All Blacks - not by a long shot.
Few quibbles over All Blacks squad
Too big, too strong, too skilful and too fast. And that’s the All Blacks forward pack.
Lions must earn NZ’s respect
The All Blacks’ attributes flow through all levels of the game here, as the Lions are discovering.
Coles will be selected despite concussion issues
Dane Coles will be named in the All Blacks squad on June 8 to take on the Lions but he’s at long odds to play in the first test just over two weeks later and could miss the entire series.
Death on the sports fields
When Steve Deane’s emotions faded after an opponent suffered a fatal medical event on the field, he started asking questions.
Scotland is rugby’s biggest poacher
Scotland is the biggest poacher of foreign-born rugby talent. Oft-maligned New Zealand ranks below the entire British Isles, Ireland, and Italy.
Full time pro rugby in Pacific still just a dream
‘If you build it, they will come.’ What Pacific Islands rugby would give for a dose of Hollywood.
NZ’s ‘rugby diplomacy’ at work in Japan
The Government and the All Blacks are promoting “Brand New Zealand” overseas - but are there risks in the union being so close?