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NZ Rugby World June - July 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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6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
editor’s letter

THERE WAS SOMETHING QUITE TROUBLING that flashed up in early May. A problem that rugby will have to look at and try to fix. That problem occurred when the Crusaders played the Brumbies in Canberra. Early in the game, Israel Dagg, who was making his second appearance of the season after major surgery last year, was taken hard across the chin by Brumbies opposite Chance Peni. It was an ugly challenge that was more reckless than deliberate and it left Dagg not only concussed, but with more damage to his knee. Such was the impact that he buckled under himself and his knee gave way. It was a cruel blow to the veteran outside back having worked so hard to get back to full fitness. But the worrying bit was still to come. Referee…

1 min.
black ferns sevens on a roll

THE BLACKS FERNS SEVENS HAVE ENJOYED TWO FANTASTIC MONTHS IN WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN CROWNED COMMONWEALTH GAMES CHAMPIONS AND HAVE WON TWO WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENTS. They started the season relatively quietly in Dubai before losing to Australia in the final in Sydney, but are now firmly second in the rankings after back-to-back tournament wins in Japan and Canada. The victory in Canada was particularly sweet as it saw New Zealand crush Australia 46-0 in the final. “I’m really proud of the girls,” said skipper Sarah Goss. “We’ve put in a lot of effort and been on the road for a long time. We’re really stoked with the result, and happy to be heading home for some recovery.”…

1 min.
best retentions

AFTER SEEING A NUMBER OF WANTED, regular All Blacks decided to sign with offshore clubs earlier in the year, New Zealand Rugby has announced that a raft of players have extended their contracts. Ryan Crotty, Scott Barrett and Ofa Tu’ungafasi have all re-committed to New Zealand. Crotty has signed until 2019, Barrett until 2020 and Tu’ungafasi until 2021. While NZR is celebrating the decision by all three to stay, it is the signature of Crotty that was the hardest to get and the most significant. The 29-year-old midfielder has become an integral part of the All Blacks and is in demand around the world. He had offers to leave and with the likes of Nagni Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue all pushing hard to break into the All Blacks’ midfield, Crotty could…

3 min.
in case you were asleep…

▪ England having lost their last three tests finally enjoyed a victory. ▪ It wasn’t in a test or anything important like that. Nope, it was in the administrative world. ▪ They won their battle to select Hurricanes captain Brad Shields for their three-match series in South Africa. ▪ It became a battle because New Zealand Rugby said that Shields had signed a contract that meant he couldn’t play test rugby for anyone other than New Zealand. ▪ England laughed and laughed at that and said there was no way that could be enforceable because World Rugby have a clear rule that says all players have to be released to play in the designated international windows. ▪ But, countered New Zealand, look at sub clause blah, blah and that says players with dual nationality can…

1 min.
boks change selection policy… again

Initially when Rassie Erasmus took over as Springboks coach in early 2018 he was told he would only be able to pick overseas players with 30 test caps or more. If he wanted someone with less, he’d have to present a special case that would be reviewed. That plan has been scrapped, though, and now he will have access to any player even if they have never played test rugby. “Rassie has got a year to prepare the team, and in this, the last year [before the World Cup] he’s allowed to pick players locally and abroad,” SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said. “He’s been speaking to some players [overseas] and we’ve given him leeway to do that. “He only has 18 tests between now and the World Cup and he wants to give…

1 min.
to play bledisloe double header

Following on from their historic pay deal, the Black Ferns will also play a two-test series against Australia The Ferns will play in Sydney ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup clash in August and then play their second test ahead of the second Bledisloe in Auckland the following week. “Having our two top sides take on the Aussies in the same night is something special,” New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said. The first group of contracted professional players is expected to be announced shortly as well. ‘HAVING OUR TWO TOP SIDES TAKE ON THE AUSSIES IN THE SAME NIGHT IS SOMETHING SPECIAL’Steve Tew…