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Northland Women’s Rugby star nominated for top rugby award

Former Black Ferns lock, Northland’s Charmaine Smith, is in the running for this year’s Fiao’o Faamausili Medal After a surprise return to rugby following her retirement two years ago, Northland women’s rugby player Charmaine Smith is in the running for the Fiao’o Faamausili Medal for best player in the Farah Palmer Cup. The former Black …

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Rugby: Steve Hansen reveals regrets over not selecting Ben Smith for All Blacks’ 2019 World Cup semifinal

Ben Smith played 84 tests for the All Blacks. Photo / Photosport By Hayden Meikle Otago great Ben Smith forced former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen into a rare admission of getting a selection wrong. The disappointment over the end of Smith’s career in the black jersey lingers in his book, Ben Smith: More Than …

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‘He’s in good form’ – Henshaw upbeat despite injury setbacks as Leinster big games await

LEINSTER SENIOR COACH Stuart Lancaster has insisted that Robbie Henshaw remains in an upbeat mood, despite being ruled out through injury until the beginning of 2023. Already sidelined because of a hamstring issue – which led to him being withdrawn five minutes into Ireland’s autumn international win over Fiji at the Aviva Stadium on 12 …

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Ōtahuhu homicide: Chauntel Laurent sentenced as accessory after death of Peter Rasmussen

Peter Rasmussen, 75, was a stalwart of the rugby league community. He spent six decades at the Ōtāhuhu Rovers Rugby League Football Club, pictured. A single mother-of-five accused of driving Crips gang members to the home where 75-year-old South Auckland rugby league stalwart Peter Rasmussen was fatally shot last year has been sentenced to time …

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Coalitions, kingmakers and a Rugby World Cup: the calculations already influencing next year’s election

NZ First leader Winston Peters bets Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that he will make it back into government in the 2023 election. Videos / Newstalk ZB OPINIONS: Sometimes it feels as if the election year has begun already. Winston Peters has declared New Zealand First won’t join a governing coalition with Labor after the 2023 …

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Rugby: Wallabies pull off remarkable comeback to sink Wales

Australia players celebrate victory against Wales. Photo / AP Australia came from 21 points down with 23 minutes left to overhaul Wales 39-34 in an astonishing turnaround in their Cardiff rugby test today. After the historic loss to Georgia last weekend, Wales desperately needed the win more than the heavily depleted Wallabies and was delivering …

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Rugby league: New Zealand Rugby League sets ambitious target for Kiwis tests in 2023

The Kiwis lost in the semifinals at the World Cup. Photo / Photosport If the New Zealand Rugby League have their way, the Kiwis will play at least four tests in 2023, including a home and away series against Australia. Off the back of the World Cup, international football will go into hibernation for almost …

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Phil Gifford: What it was really like before the All Blacks’ three Rugby World Cup wins

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter were criticized by some before winning the 2015 World Cup. Photo / Brett Phibbs The All Blacks captain should be dumped. The first-five’s not playing at test level. There are too many has been in the team. New Zealand won one and lost one to South Africa, and scraped through …

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‘I expect them to turn up with plenty of edge’

LEINSTER ASSISTANT COACH Robin McBryde is expecting to encounter a riled up Glasgow Warriors on the eastern province’s return to competitive action in the United Rugby Championship at the RDS this Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm). At the quarter-final stage of last season’s inaugural URC in the same venue, Glasgow shipped 12 tries in an astonishing 76-14 …

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