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Rugby league: Epic grand final shows TRL’s breakaway from ‘dead zonal structure’ thriving

Former Warrior’s coach turned radio broadcaster Tony Kemp, with former NZRL chair, Selwyn Bennett at the 2022 TRL Grand Final at the weekend. Photo/Myjanne Jensen After its epic grand final event at the weekend, the intensity and passion for the Far North breakaway league “rebel competition” has proven it’s very much alive and well. Since …

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Jason Pine: How NZ Rugby turned the All Blacks fallout into an even bigger mess

All Blacks coach Ian Foster. Photo / Photosport OPINION A phrase that’s often used in the All Blacks is “blue heads”. It basically means staying calm in high-pressure situations and avoiding poor decision-making. When someone is blue-headed, they’re focused and accurate; by contrast, those in a red-head state become anxious, panicked and desperate. Since Saturday …

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Whanganui club rugby: Changes across grades as 2022 season opens

Marist turned out against Grand Hotel Challenge Shield holders Taihape in the first game of the season. Photo / NZME Brought to you by Whanganui Rugby The times, they are a-changing in the Tasman Tanning Premier and Senior championships as a reduced five-team top grade takes to the field in 2022, while the second tier …

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Rugby: Former Otago prop Steve Cumberland dies suddenly in Japan

Sport†RugbyUpdated Apr 18, 2022 11:37 PM2 minutes to read Former Otago assistant coach Steve Cumberland. Photo / Getty Tributes are flowing after the death of Otago prop turned respected coach Steve Cumberland. The man known fondly as “Cumby” died suddenly at the weekend in Japan, where he had coached for more than a decade after …

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Cricket: Will Young and Blair Tickner make good on pre-match promise in Black Caps’ win over Netherlands

The Black Caps opened their first-ever ODI series against Netherlands at the Bay Oval. Video / Sky Sports Domestic teammates turned international roommates, Will Young and Blair Tickner just about made good on a pre-match vow in the Black Caps’ victory over the Netherlands. Young brought up his maiden ODI century by hitting the winning …

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