Paul Lewis: Super Rugby’s archaic protection of refs needs to change

Referee Ben O’Keeffe talks with Aaron Smith of the Highlanders during the round four Super Rugby Pacific match between the Blues and the Highlanders. Photo / Getty Images. OPINION: Of all the absurdities of rugby – rolling mauls, dormant offside rules, scrum resets – perhaps the most ridiculous is the attempt to shelter referees from … Read more

Super Rugby Pacific: Caleb Clarke confirms desire to play in NRL before career is over

Joseph Parker to serve as a backup for Tyson Fury, and the Chiefs take on the Waratahs all in action this weekend as Cheree Kinnear and Christopher Reive preview what’s to come. Video / NZ Herald Caleb Clarke has confirmed his desire to play one day in the NRL, noting it as a “life goal” … Read more

Tight Five with Elliott Smith: The Australian Super Rugby team that could surprise Kiwis

Sport|RugbyUpdated 21 Apr, 2022 06:00 PM3 minutes to read Joseph Parker to serve as a backup for Tyson Fury, and the Chiefs take on the Waratahs all in action this weekend as Cheree Kinnear and Christopher Reive preview what’s to come. Video / NZ Herald Newstalk ZB rugby commentator Elliott Smith analyzes the latest from … Read more

Rugby: Jack Goodhue returns to action for Crusaders after a long injury break

Jack Goodhue has been sidelined for 12 months. Photosport Jack Goodhue will make his return for the Crusaders on Sunday in their Super Rugby Pacific match with the Rebels in Melbourne. The 26-year-old midfielder has been sidelined for a year with a knee injury. He’s been named to start at second-five with vice-captain David Havili … Read more

Five reasons why… I’m looking forward to transtasman Super Rugby

Luke Romano celebrates. Photo / Kris Shannon lists five reasons why he’s looking forward to the trans-Tasman Super Rugby 1. Familiarity breeds apathy Kiwi derbies were once everyone’s favorite part of Super Rugby. Somewhere between three and seven format changes ago, when the competition spread out across multiple continents, it was abundantly clear how … Read more

Super League: Easter Monday’s talking points and team news | Rugby League News

George Williams is set to return for Warrington’s trip to Hull FC We look at what is being said and team news ahead of Monday’s Betfred Super League games, including Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos followed by Hull FC against Warrington Wolves live on Sky Sports … Two games live on Sky Rivals Round came … Read more

Super Rugby Pacific: Niko Jones, son of All Blacks legend Sir Michael Jones, set to make debut for Moana Pacific

Niko Jones is set to make his debut for Moana Pasifika. Photo / Niko Jones, son of All Blacks great Sir Michael Jones, is set to make his Super Rugby debut for Moana Pasifika tomorrow afternoon. Jones has been named to start at openside flanker for his side’s trip to take on the Chiefs … Read more

Super Rugby roundtable: NZME rugby writers answer all the big questions

Moana Pasifika players LR Danny Toala and Neria Foma’i. Photo / Which part of Super Rugby Pacific has surprised you the most? Liam Napier: Moana Pasifika’s competitiveness. Given the new entrants first assembled on January 5 and have endured a ruthless schedule due to postponed Covid matches, they have well exceeded my expectations. One … Read more

Alice Soper: My wishlist for next year’s Super Rugby Aupiki

Chiefs Manawa after being crowned Super Rugby Aupiki champions. Photo / Photosport OPINION: Aotearoa has a long history of exhibition matches in women’s rugby. The first was recorded in 1915 at Athletic Park in Wellington, then we had the Queens Carnivals of the 1930s, ’40s and’ 50s, and now Super Rugby Aupiki can be added … Read more

Phil Gifford: Five talking points from Super Rugby Pacific

The Blues are on fire and ready to take on the Crusaders. Photo / Getty OPINION: With the Blues on fire and Ardie Savea speechless, the weekend of Super Rugby Pacific had plenty of talking points. In Christchurch they’re circling the wagons Mark down Good Friday night for a game in Christchurch between the Crusaders … Read more