A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size What do Waiopehu College, Putaruru High School, Mana College and Cargill High School all have in common? They are small coeducational state schools that have produced All Blacks – but with very rare exceptions, it’s unlikely the aforementioned schools will ever produce such athletes again. Reaching the elite level of New Zealand rugby has become increasingly exclusive and inaccessible. While first XV rugby grapples with the demands of professionalism, it has struggled to maintain equality of competition and opportunity. This fact is best illustrated by the recent naming of the New Zealand secondary schools development squad. A total of 53 players were selected, 21 of whom are from six private schools: St Kentigern College, King’s College, St Peter’s School, Cambridge, St Paul’s Collegiate, Scots College and Christ’s College. According to the Ministry of Education just … [Read more...] about Rugby in New Zealand is at risk of becoming an elite game
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The other day, a team of journalists and past players from the Northern Hemisphere selected their best XV from the last fifteen years of the Heineken Cup. European Dream Team: European Player Award: Ronan O’Gara There were some interesting selections, namely Rocky after just one season with Leinster. Granted, it was a great season, but did it warrant getting picked in the best ever Heineken Cup XV? The other point of note was O’Gara as the best Heineken Cup player of the last fifteen years. It got me thinking, how would the Southern Hemisphere’s best Super XV compare? So below is my best Super XV: Player of the Super Rugby: McCaw It did pain me with the lack of Aussies (especially the ‘Tahs) in the team. I thought Larkham, Gregan, Smith, and Burke were unlucky not to be selected. I dare say the Super XV would have this game in the bag. … [Read more...] about Who would win between a Heineken Cup XV and Super XV?
PUBLISHED: 13:11 31 May 2018 Exmouth RFC president David Bassett makes a presentaion to Chris Wright to mark his retirerment from the club after many years of wonderful service as director of rugby. The presentation is of an engraved glass decanter to mark the end of such a successful and memorable 24 years. Picture Emma Crane, Exmouth Photo Services Archant After 24 years’ service in charge of senior rugby at the Imperial Ground, the Exmouth RFC director of rugby, Chris Wright, was recently honoured for his long and distinguished service Chris, who achieved a number of top achievements during his time with the Cockles, oversaw the 1999/2000 promotion as champions up into the Western Counties West. Twice, the first time in 1998 and again in 2000, the Cockles won the Devon Junior Cup and, in 2002, the Cockles were promoted to South West Two at 1st XV level while the 2nd XV were crowned Devon Merit winners. Twelve months later, as if to underline the growing strength through … [Read more...] about Chris Wright honoured by the Cockles at the end of 24 years of super service
Story highlights Kolisi will wear Springboks armband in series against England Flanker has made 28 appearances for South Africa First Test against England is on June 9 (CNN)When South Africa's rugby union team walk out on home turf against England next month, they will be led by their first ever black Test match captain. Flanker Siya Kolisi was bestowed with the Springboks armband on Monday, continuing a journey that has seen him ascend from humble beginnings in an Eastern Cape township to the top of international rugby. Follow @cnnsport The news comes three years on from Kolisi's senior international debut, in which he was named man of the match against Scotland. The 26-year-old has since accumulated 28 Test appearances, scoring four tries. BREAKING! Siya Kolisi has been appointed to captain the Springboks in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against England next month, while Pieter-Steph du Toit will lead the side against Wales in Washington. Both men will captain the … [Read more...] about South Africa names first black rugby captain in 127-year Test history
After the decision was made to reduce Australian Super Rugby sides to a count of four, and to cut the Western Force, it’s safe to say that many were not only hoping, but expecting a dramatic increase in form from our sides. However, while there have been some improvements form wise, inconsistency still plagues the Australian sides to the point where it seems as if any of the four (including the Brumbies after their impressive upset over the Bulls in Pretoria), could beat each other and rightfully take top spot in the conference. Simply take the Queensland Reds as an example. In back to back weeks they went from being levelled by more than 60 points against the humble Sunwolves, to going toe to toe and going down by a mere couple against the slick Hurricanes. While all sides being competitive with each other is fundamental to an entertaining sports competition, what is of more interest to the fans is their ability to compete with the franchises from other nations. For many, … [Read more...] about Balance is the way to Super Rugby success