Author: Kathleen Olivier

Picture former All Blacks Charles Piutau, Malakai Fekitoa and Vaea Fifita running out for Tonga at the next World Cup. Then think of Lima Sopoaga, Julian Savea, Victor Vito and Steven Luatua running out for Samoa in France in a couple of years. In a huge win for Pacific Island rugby, it’s now a reality in wake of World Rugby approving an amendment to its international eligibility rules. From January 1, World Rugby will permit international players to transfer once from one union to another, subject to demonstrating a close and credible link via birthright. Under the revised regulation, the…

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Vodacom Bulls lineout icon Victor Matfield loses out to Sharks slugger Mark Andrews in the all-time Super Rugby XV chosen by ZELIM NEL. It’s almost impossible to compare with any credible accuracy the careers of standout Super Rugby players across more than a quarter of a century that saddled the shift from the amateur to professional era and numerous law tweaks and amendments. How do you choose between a starburst talent and another whose impact lasted more than a decade, or gauge the legacy of a multiple champion against a rival whose team never hoisted the trophy? The answer: with a…

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New Highlanders lock Sam Caird has arrived in Dunedin with an atrribute the coaches in the Deep South love – a bit of a chip on his shoulder. The 202cm, Waikato born and raised 24-year-old couldn’t quite crack Super Rugby at either the Chiefs or the Blues, so took himself off to Sydney last year for a winless spell at the Waratahs that further challenged his resilience. However, fate intervened when a horror injury to lock Pari Pari Parkinson opened a door at the Highlanders: suddenly forwards guru Clarke Dermody was on the phone asking about Caird’s plans. The former…

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Central Otago BMX riders are hoping for a home track advantage as they pit their skills against some of New Zealand’s best this weekend. The BMX New Zealand 2022 South Island Titles start in Cromwell today, more than 290 riders from throughout the country set to compete, including about 70 from the North Island. The youngest rider is 4 years old and the oldest is believed to be in their 70s. Cromwell BMX Club treasurer Tracy Huband said the club had been preparing for two years to host the event — no mean feat for a club only formed in…

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Vodacom Bulls lineout icon Victor Matfield loses out to Sharks slugger Mark Andrews in the all-time Super Rugby XV chosen by ZELIM NEL. It’s almost impossible to compare with any credible accuracy the careers of standout Super Rugby players across more than a quarter of a century that saddled the shift from the amateur to professional era and numerous law tweaks and amendments. How do you choose between a starburst talent and another whose impact lasted more than a decade, or gauge the legacy of a multiple champion against a rival whose team never hoisted the trophy? The answer: with…

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Argentine duo Ramiro Moyano and Emiliano Boffelli put the hosts two tries up in the opening minutes with incisive play. When centre Mark Bennett and James Lang touched down before half-time, a rout looked on the cards. Cardiff’s Owen Lane seized on a mistake to score before Bennett added a second. Edinburgh had not played for close to a month, not that you would have known it. The last time we saw them they were beating Saracens in the European Challenge Cup and they replicated that same intensity that did for the former kings of Europe and added a bucket…

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who has ever tried to be a trailblazer in women’s sport will identify with Sara Cox’s inch-perfect analogy. “It’s like walking through a patch of stinging nettles,” suggests the world’s first female professional referee. “If you’re the first one to do it, you’re going to get stung. If you’re the next person behind me, I’ve already created the path for you. You just need to walk.” Even in supposedly enlightened 2022 it is already clear that professional rugby is not yet a totally level playing field and, as Cox puts it, “there’s always going to be a little bit of…

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Online platforms are often targets for hackers. They look for user security vulnerabilities ranging from hacking passwords, exploiting loopholes in applications or websites, to spreading malicious software to access victims’ information. In this internet era, having a Facebook account has become a necessity. Facebook can facilitate communication, find out about other people’s news, and can be a place to show off. Being one of the most popular social media platforms, Facebook is also a target as hackers can perform a Facebook hack. More and more hackers are trying to hijack and hack Facebook accounts. When the Facebook account is hacked, the…

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The All Blacks may be set to lose a player to Tonga, possibly before next year’s World Cup, in the wake of World Rugby’s new eligibility laws. The game’s global governing body voted to overhaul its one-nation-per-player policy late last year, enabling test-capped players to switch from one country to another after a three-year stand down period, provided they qualify for another nation via birthright. Since the change in ruling, which came into effect on January 1, numerous players have become available to switch international allegiance, while many others will be able to do so later this year. One of those…

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Super Rugby Pacific will kick off a new era for the world’s most exciting professional rugby competition next February with a 15-week regular season and a refreshed finals format, New Zealand Rugby [NZR] and Rugby Australia [RA] have announced. The 2022 season will be historic for rugby in the Pacific region with the introduction of the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika who will join New Zealand’s five clubs and Australia’s five clubs in a 12-team tournament. Delivered by the joint venture partnership between NZR and RA, Super Rugby Pacific will kick off on 18 February next year with an eight-team playoff series culminating in…

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