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NZ Rugby World April - May 2019

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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

WHAT SHOULD BECOME APPARENT TO THOSE WHO READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH this issue is that New Zealand Rugby has two distinct yet connected problems. It’s World Cup year so inevitably there are professional players across the country making big decisions about their respective futures. There are a handful, men such as Liam Squire, Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Kieran Read and Owen Franks, who have already confirmed they will be taking up offshore contracts after the World Cup. There are others such as Ardie Savea and Dane Coles who have signed contracts to extend their stay in New Zealand and there are a whole raft of players, many of the biggest names in the country, who have not yet revealed what they intend to do. Retaining players is NZR’s highest priority. It has become…

5 min.
read to move on – search for successor begins

Kieran Read said in November last year that he would be most likely moving on after the World Cup. In March this year he confirmed that when he announced he would be joining Toyota Verblitz. Read said he thought about retiring but didn’t feel he was completely finished as a player and that a year in Japan would be perfect for him and his family. It will not only bring to an end a spectacularly good test career, but it will also mean the All Blacks will be looking for a new captain in 2020. And it is a relatively open race to take over. Sam Whitelock, who stood in for Read against Wales in 2017 when the skipper damaged his back, will be the favourite. Whitelock also captained the All Blacks in…

4 min.
in case you were asleep…

The Chiefs decided the Blues shouldn’t have to prop up Super Rugby all on their own and promptly went about losing their first four games. One of those was against the Sunwolves. At home. And it wasn’t even close. It led one poor columnist to declare quite hilariously – after three weeks – that the All Blacks’ World Cup bid was in trouble as a result of the Chiefs’ spectacularly bad start. Apparently, according to this poor chap who obviously needed a cup of tea and a lie down, World Cups are won and lost in the early rounds of Super Rugby. Illogically and with just one piece of supportive evidence he claimed that World Cup winning teams were full of players who had enjoyed victories all year in the…

1 min.
value for money..?

Many in France were quite right to ask whether $50,000 a month for Carter was a good value deal for Racing 92. The French national team have tumbled a long way in the last decade and the key reason everyone believes is the influx of foreigners into their domestic league. Quite often there won’t be a French qualified first-five starting in the Top 14 of a weekend and the decision to pay a 37-year-old former All Black all that money for a few months was questionable when for a fifth of the price, Racing could have given a younger French player a contract. But then again is Carter worth it? He puts bums on seats and while he’s 37, he still has a bit of life left him in and was player of…

1 min.
dan’s pain in the neck

A bad neck cost Dan Carter about $150,000 when it was the cause of him failing a medical to re-join Racing 92 for the last few months of the French season. Carter, who left Racing 92 in June last year to join Kobe Steelers, was re-signed on loan by the French club in March as a medical joker. Racing 92 were reportedly going to pay him $50,000 a month but that ended when he was deemed to have a neck injury. “As part of routine medical checks prior to the approval of players’ licenses, Racing 92 forwarded certain medical information to experts appointed by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). “Their opinion was unanimous: Dan Carter will not be able to play rugby in France,” the club said in a statement. Apparently Carter has a…

1 min.
du plessis gives himself an upper cut

In what can only be described as a warning to others, former Springboks hooker Bismarck du Plessis has revealed his own stupidity in taking excessive doses of painkillers to play through serious injury. The 34-year-old is currently recovering from major neck surgery to fix a hernia but says it is an operation he should have had many months earlier. He says he’s ashamed that he risked his long term health and forged on through unbearable pain just to try to help his club, Montpellier, win the French Top 14. “I am a little bit ashamed of what I did,” du Plessis confessed in an interview with The Times. “Looking back, how stupid was I? It got so bad my wife and I couldn’t sleep in the same bed because every three or four hours…