Waisake Naholo gets past the Argentinian defence in the Rugby Championship. Photo: Fairfax NZ
There is something about Waisake Naholo, something a little familiar.
The Fijian wing will be a focal point in the build up to the All Blacks’ third pool match at the Rugby World Cup, against Georgia in Cardiff on Saturday (NZ time), with coach Steve Hansen hoping to play one of the aces in his deck.
Naholo’s a great story. The bloke who broke his leg in his first test, sought alternative treatment in Fiji and somehow managed to make onto the plane to England.
Only the thing is, Hansen doesn’t place his rugby faith in miracles. He deals in facts.
England skipper Chris Robshaw has led his England side well during the Six Nations competition. Photo: Planet Rugby
Rugby Championship heavyweights New Zealand, Australia and South Africa will go into RWC 2015 as the top three nations in the World Rugby Rankings.
Long-time leaders New Zealand remain untouchable – for a fortnight at least – on 92.89 points, with Australia 6.22 points behind in second and South Africa a further 1.52 points back in third.
Australia were unable to make up any ground on their cross-Tasman rivals despite being the only side of the three in action over the weekend, as their 47-10 win over the USA in Chicago did not come with any ratings points given the double-figure difference in rankings positions and rating points between the nations.
One of the new stars of the New Zealand sevens side. Rieko Ioane. Photo: IRB
TV commentator Keith Quinn gives his thoughts on the Sevens Wellington as he travels to round five of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas.
Following New Zealand’s victory over England at the Sevens Wellington, we caught up with TV commentator Keith Quinn who watched on at the Westpac Stadium. Quinn witnessed Gordon Tietjens’ side win 27-21 in the final and record their first Cup title of the season, and will travel with the teams to round five of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas, where Olympic qualification continues.