Category Archives: New Zealand

Kiwis sidestep their way to Las Vegas

One of the new stars of the New Zealand sevens side. Rieko Ioane. Photo: IRB

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.

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NZ master conditions to beat England

Richie McCaw controls the ball for the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Richie McCaw controls the ball for the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Winning by three tries to two, New Zealand controlled the appalling conditions in the second half to defeat England 21-24 at Twickenham.

Nowhere near their best but so effective in the way they handled the weather, the All Blacks put away a spirited England side to make it six wins out of the last seven In London.

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ROBBIE DEANS: Fed to the Lions

Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)

Robbie Deans in Wallabies training gear (Photo: Supplied)

The domestic coaching career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annuals of trans-Tasman rugby.

A former All Black, Deans was the pin-up boy of the Canterbury team of his generation during a 12-year playing career.

Even greater acclaim has followed as one of the best coaches of the modern era.

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Auckland recover to beat Steamers

Auckland winger Lolagi Visinia against Bay of Plenty. Photo: Skysports

Auckland winger Lolagi Visinia against Bay of Plenty. Photo: Skysports

Auckland recovered from a 0-12 deficit to beat Bay of Plenty 27-12 at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday.

That Bay of Plenty lead was taken into the half-time break after tries from hooker Joe Royal and blinside flank Johan Bardoul, one of which being converted by their outside centre Nick Evemy.

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XV of the Week: Rugby Championship

Hendricks, Tuculet and Retallick were on top of their games. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tuculet and Retallick were on top of their games. Photo: Planet Rugby

Now that the dust has settled in the southern hemisphere, Planet Rugby pick out the stand-out performers of Round Two in the Rugby Championship.

After putting a record score past the Wallabies, the All Blacks naturally dominate our selection this week. A few names from the Pumas too after a string display in Salta.

Rugby Championship Team of the Week: Round Two

15 Joaquín Tuculet (Argentina): A well-taken try and some excellent running sees the Puma pip Ben Smith for our 15 jersey. Tuculet beat five defenders and his tactical kicking was intelligent.

14 Cornal Hendricks (South Africa): As crucial tries goes, Hendricks’ score around the hour mark will go down as one of the most influential in any game, anywhere, this year. The former Sevens man took his chance brilliantly and it swung the tide in the Boks’ favour. Continue reading

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Australia thrashed by Blacks blitz

All Black Julian Savea was unstoppable against the Wallabies. Photo: Skysports

All Black Julian Savea was unstoppable against the Wallabies. Photo: Skysports

New Zealand produced rugby from another planet as they bounced back from the draw in Sydney with a blistering 51-20 win over Australia.

Played out at a ferocious pace and the odd handling error aside, this was New Zealand’s best rugby of the year so far.

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Ewen McKenzie is his own man

His own man . . . his way or the highway. Photo: AP/Massimo Pinca

His own man . . . his way or the highway. Photo: AP/Massimo Pinca

When Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in August last year, he made it crystal clear from the beginning it was ‘his way, or the highway’.

And that’s the way it should be.

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