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  1. Captain Forbes returns to bolster New Zealand challenge

    Posted Mar 21st 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Experience counts in Hong Kong and the return to the fray of New Zealand's evergreen captain DJ Forbes will come as a huge relief for coach Gordon Tietjens. Forbes missed the last leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Las Vegas due to a hamstring injury and his absence was felt as New Zealand were bundled out in the semi-finals. But his return to fitness will raise the stock ...

  2. Union city blues

    Posted Sep 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and the province of Canterbury, which surrounds it, are rugby union mad and were to have played a major role in New Zealand's hosting of the Rugby World Cup 2011, the sporting and entertainment ... a fact of life and we have to get on with things. 'What we are trying to do during the World Cup is turn events here into a rebirth of the city.' As chief executive of New Zealand Rugby ...

  3. Waikato Wonder out to make his presence felt

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... in New Zealand, O'Donnell comes from a rugby family, with one brother playing for Taranaki and another for the touch team. One of his siblings, Kylen, will be turning out for the Samurai ... Alvin Sallay Declan O'Donnell was as tense as a coiled spring on that fateful day in November in Waikato when he heard New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens was going ...

  4. Long-suffering rugby fans hail new TV channel

    Posted Jan 16th 2011, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney Hong Kong's rugby union fans are finally to see their favourite sport on a dedicated TV channel, but they'll have to pay for the privilege. Last year the Australia ... from February 5 and the new season of Super Rugby from February 18. Other top international content includes the Tri-Nations, the Bledisloe Cup, the Amlin Challenge Cup, the Magners League ...

  5. Who said it?

    Posted Oct 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I'm good to go The words New Zealanders were overjoyed to hear as All Blacks captain Richie McCaw yesterday declared his fitness to play in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina this afternoon It's the proverbial scene of the crime Human rights lawyer Cori Crider on Hong Kong's role in the extraordinary rendition of Libyan Sami al-Saadi The attacks ...

  6. 'This victory is for Christchurch'

    Posted Mar 28th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay They were doing the twist in the VIP box and dancing in the stands, but New Zealand rocked where it mattered- on the pitch- as they outclassed England 29-17 to win the Cathay ... of the earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan. But when the action began, New Zealand called the tune, scoring five tries to three in a comfortable victory. It gave New Zealand a 10th Hong Kong Sevens title, ...

  7. A risk worth taking

    Posted Aug 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... desk suggests Snedden is not beyond seeking a little help when the need arises. And well Snedden might. As the chief executive officer of Rugby New Zealand 2011, the 52-year-old Kiwi has since ... Snedden. 'Here in New Zealand you cannot get more high profile than rugby and if it doesn't go well, whose is the face in front of people? Mine. 'That's quite motivating ...

  8. Wrong decisions can turn out right

    Posted Oct 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and New Zealand were the three candidates with the Japanese a decided favourite. Having co-hosted soccer's World Cup in 2002, Japan already had the necessary sporting infrastructure in place. And with the IRB repeatedly stating the need to take the game to new frontiers, as well as the fact Japan had more registered rugby players than world power Australia, it all seemed like a fait accompli. ...

  9. For the love of rugby

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... 'We also learned how to film interviews from a professional cameraman.' The students interviewed Richard Skelly, the game development manager of New Zealand Rugby Union, and several ... are no different. This year 10 girls, aged 13 to 16, from French International School (FIS), travelled to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup last month. The school has a strong rugby team and the 13-day ...

  10. Perfectionist Tietjens calls for specialised refs

    Posted Mar 25th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Tietjens. The long-standing New Zealand sevens coach said the right person for the job, plus video refereeing was the way forward for the sport. 'Reading a game is really important and being ... With the International Rugby Board to announce its new strategic plan in May, now sevens is in the Olympic Games- from Rio in 2016- the sevens rugby world is waiting with bated breath. Tietjens said he would ...




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