Tri-Nations stranglehold a potential problem for rugby

November 8, 2010

Northern hemisphere hopes are raised at the start of every November but by the end of the month it has usually become crystal clear that the Tri-Nations’ stranglehold on world rugby remains as tight as ever.

Italy fight haka with their very own rugby tenor

November 13, 2009

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How about this for a job swap. Former Italy rugby international Denis Dallan will sing the national anthem before the Azzurri’s test with New Zealand at Milan’s San Siro on Saturday.

All Blacks arrive without the aura

November 5, 2009

allblacksRoughly once a decade throughout the 20th century, a group of South Seas islanders in the guise of the New Zealand All Blacks would invade Europe to teach the old world the ways of the new.

A bunch of fives from Jonah Lomu

November 4, 2009

RUGBY-ZEALAND/LOMUI have big hands and am 6-ft 4-ins. I can palm a basketball, and dunk it — just about. It’s not often meeting athletes I feel weedy.

Rugby’s hard-but-fair reputation has always been a myth

September 22, 2009

meadsColin Meads, regarded by most New Zealanders as the greatest All Black of them all, delivers a diverting after-dinner speech in a self-deprecating “aw shucks” hill farmer’s style with a bottle of beer firmly clutched in a large fist.

This glorious, unpredictable northern festival

February 15, 2009

Wales' Leigh Halfpenny celebrates his try against England with Andy Powell during their Six Nations rugby union match in CardiffYou wouldn’t have got great odds on Wales and France coming out on topĀ against England and Scotland respectively on the first day of the second weekend of the Six Nations.