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Monday, February 28 2022
Former All Black and Blues star Joeli Vidiri has died, aged 48

Former All Black and Blues star Joeli Vidiri has died.

The Blues franchise announced his death on Twitter tonight, saying: "With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Joeli Vidiri, aged 48.

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Monday, February 28 2022
Tributes flow for former All Black and Fijian winger Joeli Vidiri

The world rugby community has poured out salutations for the second time in 24 hours after the passing of former All Blacks and Fijian winger Joeli Vidiri.

Posted by: AT 09:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, February 26 2022
All Black and Samoa rugby legend Va'aiga Tuigamala - 'Inga the Winger' - dies aged 52

One of New Zealand rugby's modern legends, Va'aiga Tuigamala - known to a generation of Kiwi fans as 'Inga the Winger' - has died, aged 52.

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Saturday, February 26 2022
Family, friends and teammates pay tribute to Va'aiga 'Inga' Tuigamala

The family of late All Black and Samoan international Va'aiga Tuigamala have paid tribute to their beloved husband, father and grandfather.

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Friday, February 25 2022
Second Moana Pasifika game postponed

For the second successive week Moana Pasifika's debut match has been postponed with the Super Rugby Pacific new entrants unable to field a team due to a recent Covid outbreak.

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Friday, February 25 2022
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to make debut as the Blues name team for season opener against the Hurricanes

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will make his highly anticipated Super Rugby Pacific debut in the Blues' delayed season opener.

Posted by: AT 11:41 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, February 23 2022
How much TMO is too much TMO?

On the latest edition of Rugby Direct thanks to Employment Hero, co-hosts Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB Rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (NZ Herald chief sports writer) digest the opening round of Super Rugby Pacific and debate the winners and losers of round one from both a competition and individual stand point.

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Tuesday, February 22 2022
Inaugural season moved to Taupō due to Covid-19

New Zealand Rugby has made the decision to relocate the four Super Rugby Aupiki squads to Taupō to ensure the inaugural season of the competition can take place.

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Sunday, February 20 2022
 Chiefs beat Highlanders in season opener

When the Chiefs hosted the Highlanders in Wakatipu on Saturday, you'd have been forgiven for forgetting it was Brodie Retallick's first game for the franchise since 2019.

 

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Friday, February 18 2022
Young talent from Chiefs region selected for U18 Development Camp

An abundance of talented young rugby players have been selected from across Chiefs Country to attend the annual University of Waikato Chiefs Region Under-18 Development Camp from October 11 to 14 at St Paul's Collegiate School in Hamilton.

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Friday, February 18 2022
 New Zealand Rugby and Silver Lake agree to deal

After almost two years of talks, a deal has finally been approved for multi-billion-dollar American investment firm Silver Lake to invest in New Zealand Rugby.

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Friday, February 18 2022
Sir Steve Hansen backs Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for future All Blacks career after switch to rugby

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will return to rugby this season with the eyes of the nation upon him.

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Wednesday, February 16 2022
Rugby set to push for world test competition

Rugby could be a step closer to crowing a world champion every two years with reports of an overhaul to the sport's global calendar.

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Wednesday, February 16 2022
What does Silver Lake deal mean for New Zealand Rugby?

On the first edition of Rugby Direct for 2022, co-hosts Elliott Smith (Newstalk ZB rugby commentator) and Liam Napier (NZ Herald chief sports writer) discuss the Silver Lake deal being all but approved (we've heard that before) and ask what it might mean for New Zealand Rugby as it grapples with the private equity age.

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Tuesday, February 15 2022
Wales bounce back from Irish humbling to edge tight encounter against Scotland

Dan Biggar battled through injury to mark his 100th test appearance with the game-clinching dropped goal in a 20-17 win for Wales over Scotland in the Six Nations this morning (NZT).

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Monday, February 14 2022
French power proves too much for Irish comeback

France withstood an Ireland comeback to win a classic between the Six Nations favorites 30-24 this morning (NZT) and stayed firmly on track for a first title since 2010.

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Monday, February 14 2022
New era for Black Ferns with contracting model

The Black Ferns programme has received a welcome boost in 2022 with 29 contracted players leaving behind their day jobs to focus their attention on rugby.

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Sunday, February 13 2022
All Blacks and Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara sidelined with injury

If there was ever a moment in the rugby season to get injured, TJ Perenara might have found the perfect time.

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Sunday, February 13 2022
Chiefs cleared of Covid-19 after sharing flight with Moana Pasifika

After being asked by the Southern DHB to undergo Covid-19 testing, the Chiefs are in the clear.

 

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Friday, February 11 2022
Fijian rugby player Talemaitoga Tuapati guilty of assaulting women

Inappropriate behaviour at an Invercargill strip club led to a Fijian international and Southland Stag rugby player assaulting two women after he refused to leave.

 

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Friday, February 11 2022
Richie Mo'unga and Ethan Blackadder to miss start of Crusaders' season

Richie Mo'unga is one of several All Blacks who will miss the start of the Crusaders' Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

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Wednesday, February 09 2022
Blues squad return to training but Moana Pasifika still in isolation in Covid-19 Omicron scare

The Blues are in the clear but New Zealand Rugby continues to sweat on Covid test results for Moana Pasifika to determine whether Super Rugby Pacific's inaugural match next week will proceed as planned.

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Wednesday, February 09 2022
Two teams isolating as Covid-19 hits Super Rugby Pacific

The opening game of Super Rugby Pacific could be in doubt, with the Moana Pasifika and Blues teams forced into isolation in their team hotels in Queenstown.

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Tuesday, February 08 2022
All Blacks to make return to South Africa after four year wait

SA Rugby unveiled their home schedule for the 2022 season which includes a three-test series against Wales in July along with back-to-back Rugby Championship tests against the All Blacks in August.

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Friday, February 04 2022
Scotland beat England in nailbiter at Murrayfield

Scotland scored a thrilling win over England after a crucial penalty try awarded by New Zealand referee Ben O'Keeffe.

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Friday, February 04 2022
Ireland blow away Wales at Landsowne Road

Ireland confirmed its Six Nations title credentials by blowing away defending champion Wales 29-7 at a full Lansdowne Road this morning (NZT).

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Friday, February 04 2022
Beauden Barrett ruled out of Blues' opening match in Super Rugby

Beauden Barrett has been ruled out of the Blues' opening round Super Rugby Pacific match against Moana Pasifika as he continues his return from concussion.

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Friday, February 04 2022
Moana Pasifika and Chiefs pre-season match raises more than $25,000 for Tongan relief efforts

A fundraising drive during Moana Pasifika's Super Rugby debut raised more than $25,000 towards relief efforts in Tonga, after the island nation was devastated by a tsunami last month.

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Friday, February 04 2022
World Cup-winning Black Fern Victoria Nafatali apologises for drink-driving

A World Cup-winning Black Fern has been caught drink-driving for the second time in two years and now says she has given up alcohol and started counselling.

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Wednesday, February 02 2022
NPC domestic competition gets new format

The NPC will be remodelled this year to a split pool format that gives all 14 provincial unions a shot at winning the same title.

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Wednesday, February 02 2022
ex-Samoan Sevens star Sam Gibbens joins Te Awamutu Sports coaching ranks

New Te Awamutu Sports strength and conditioning, and skills coach Sam "Ninja" Gibbens is a huge asset to the club with plenty of experience playing and coaching code.

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Wednesday, February 02 2022
Dunedin to host night matches for opening three weeks of season

Dunedin's Forysth Barr Stadium will host scheduled night matches for the opening three weeks of the Super Rugby Pacific season, New Zealand Rugby has announced.

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Tuesday, February 01 2022
New Zealand Rugby confirm relocation of NZ-based teams ahead of new season

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the decision to relocate the six New Zealand-based Super Rugby Pacific squads to Queenstown to mitigate against the risk of Covid-19.

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