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NZ Rugby World February - March 2018

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New Zealand Rugby World is the premier authority on our national game; with sharp analysis and irreverent humour the two key components. In both style and content the writing is award winning and provides an unparalleled depth of insight into the people who play the game and the issues that matter to the fans. The cast of contributors is world class as is the photography and lay-out. Pick this magazine up and you won't want to put it down - rugby has never been so much fun.

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New Zealand
Dark Horse Collective Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
editor’s letter

FINALLY SANZAAR SAW SENSE. Finally they took the decisive action that was needed to save Super Rugby and cut the number of teams from 18 to 15. It had to happen. The competition was in danger of imploding if it went another year in the same convoluted, nonsensical three-conference format that began in 2016. And we really do mean implode. The finances of many teams were at breaking point. The situation in Australia was particularly dire where the Force and Rebels had been heavily bailed out by the Australian Rugby Union and the Reds and Brumbies had also needed some kind of financial help in previous years. The South Africans were hanging on by a thread and if they had been asked to fund six teams in 2018, the consequences could have been…

5 min.
all eyes on november

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018, how big is November and can it possibly live up to expectation? Not just the biggest game this year, by the time the All Blacks versus England game kicks off in November it will probably be the most hyped match between the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. The British and Irish Lions tour, wherever it may be, is supposed to have top billing in the between years, but New Zealand’s continued, if not quite dominating success, and England’s impressive rebirth under Eddie Jones have made this one-off encounter, the first since New Zealand’s November 2014 victory at Twickenham, one of the more anticipated games in modern history. Whoever wins will claim the front foot ahead of Japan 2019. Whoever loses will no doubt play it down publicly and start…

4 min.
foreign clubs on red alert

AS THE NEW SUPER RUGBY season approaches, club owners in Europe must be sharpening their financial plans and zeroing in on a stack of All Blacks they think are ready to be picked off. They’ve watched Malakai Fekitoa, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Charlie Faumuina and now Lima Sopoaga swap their All Blacks chances of making the 2019 Rugby World Cup for the lure of life and financial rewards in the Northern Hemisphere. The clubs will be hugely encouraged by that exodus of New Zealand talent and believe they can turn it into a stronger flow before the end of the year. They might even target a few major names on the evidence that Charles Piutau relinquished his test career because of an extraordinary offer but they’ll anticipate all the senior pros will stay…

9 min.
new dawn rising

Time hasn’t been kind to Super Rugby. It hasn’t aged well. When the forerunner Super 10 tournament began in the late amateur age, there was nothing but optimism. The cross border concept was exciting. It was full of possibilities and intrigue. That mood was only enhanced when the professional age was ushered in and Super 12 created with the millions that came from Rupert Murdoch’s broadcast dollars. Super 12 was the best against the best. It was a short, sharp tournament where one loss could change everything. There weren’t many easy games and in some years there weren’t any. The Australians had three teams, and that meant they could stuff a lot of talent into each. The Africans with four teams were much the same and the novelty of being in the Republic…

16 min.
super rugby 2018 all you need to know

HOW THEY LINE UP… RECRUITMENT BALANCE Would have to be considered a negative return for the Blues simply because they have lost Charlie Faumuina and Steven Luatua – two seasoned, international campaigners who delivered a huge amount both on and off the field. The most significant signing they made, Otere Black, is unlikely to play due to major knee surgery so they will have to wait to see whether he’s the answer at No 10. On the plus side, they were able to snare Caleb Clarke, one of the stars of the New Zealand Under 20 campaign and a young man who could end up having the same sort of impact as Rieko Ioane. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TACTICALLY? The wider the Blues play, the more teams they will fancy they can beat. They understand they…

2 min.
super rugby   how it works

Who They Avoid Because it is not a true roundrobin, some teams will get lucky in who they don’t have to play from the other two conferences. The Highlanders picked the short straw as they miss out in playing both the Sunwolves and Jaguares. Here are the teams that each New Zealand club will avoid: Brumbies and Bulls Rebels and Lions Stormers and Waratahs Sharks and Reds Sunwolves and Jaguares Striking a Knockout Blow One of the many complaints about the 18-team format was the lack of integrity and credibility built into the playoff qualification process. In both 2016 and 2017 three New Zealand teams had to play knockout games, away from home, against teams with significantly lower points. It was a bit of a farce – the Hurricanes with 58 points last year played the Brumbies who had…