Farewell to the master of the verbal headbutt
Jim Kayes pays tribute to Steve Tew, who earned respect without universal admiration during 12 successful years at the helm of New Zealand Rugby.
Chiefs to turn their backs on Fijian money ball?
The Chiefs’ win in Suva came on a rare night in Super Rugby history. And not just because they won after trailing 0-20 against the Crusaders.
Don’t shoot the ref
There are 21 laws in rugby, but it’s not that simple. Each has a myriad of clauses and sub clauses, and then there’s the vagaries of interpretation.
Meet the Blues: the team no one wants to be
The Blues were the team everyone else wanted to be. And now they’re not.
Shedding Christchurch’s ‘territorial stigma’
How many people associate the Canterbury rugby team with the religious wars of medieval Europe? Not many, writes Steve Matthewman.
Episode 6: Re-branding the Crusaders
The Detail looks at the history of the Crusades, and why the Canterbury franchise should change its name now.
Special pressures on elite Pasifika sportsmen
The University of Auckland’s Caleb Marsters has studied the mental health issues for top rugby and rugby league players from Pacific backgrounds.
Sound reasons for no off-shore ABs policy
New Zealand rugby teams are champions at almost every level. That doesn’t happen by chance or with a flawed eligibility policy.