NZ Rugby World

NZ Rugby World June - July 2019

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.

New Zealand
Langhills Publishing Ltd
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6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
editor’s letter

IT HAS BEEN A PECULIAR AND LARGELY DISHEARTENING LAST MONTH OR SO FOR RUGBY. The media agenda has been hi-jacked by things happening off the field rather than on it, which is never good. The last time that happened was 2016 when the game in New Zealand was rocked by unsavoury scandal after scandal that portrayed the game in the most unflattering light. Three years ago it was attitudes towards women and sex that were making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. In the last month or so rugby has been facing fundamental questions about freedom of speech and to a lesser extent, freedom of religious expression. Wallabies fullback Israel Folau, as surely everyone knows, erupted into social media activity again. He got himself into trouble with his employer last year when he expressed views…

5 min.
tackle your perth rugby experience head on!

In the lead up to the Rugby World Cup, the Qantas Wallabies will take on the New Zealand All Blacks on Saturday the 10th August 2019, playing in Perth, Western Australia at Optus Stadium for the very first time. With so much to see and do in Perth, make the most of your rugby experience in Perth by planning your pre and post outings. TAKE IN THE SIGHTS Start your day with a stroll around Elizabeth Quay where the Swan River meets Perth City. The Elizabeth Quay Precinct is an exciting destination with activities for all ages and it is a prime spot to marvel at the beautiful views across the Swan River. Enjoy breakfast at one of the dining spots down at the Quay and then spend some time on the…

11 min.
the breakdown

GHOSTS OF NO 10 HAUNT ALL BLACKS There was always going to be one player whose World Cup dream was shattered by injury during Super Rugby. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen reckons there will almost certainly be more – a point he made when he announced that Chiefs first-five-cum-fullback Damian McKenzie had ripped knee ligaments and wouldn’trecover in time to be selected for the World Cup squad. It brought back a few memories – an All Blacks No 10 damaging his knee in World Cup year. It happened, somewhat eerily to McKenzie’S former Chiefs team-mate Aaron Cruden in April 2015. Cruden suffered the same injury, in the same month, playing for the same team. And of course it happened way more dramatically at the 2011 World Cup when first Dan Carter was ruled out during…

3 min.
in case you were asleep…

Damian McKenzie tore knee ligaments against the Blues and found out a few days later that it was bad, bad. As in his World Cup dream was over. That resulted in a near comical state of affairs with media and former coaches seemingly trying to out do each other with ridiculous suggestions as to who might replace the Chiefs utility back. We had calls for Dan Carter to be brought back. Eh, he’s 37 and wasn’t able to take up a contract in France because his neck is so damaged. Then we heard about Aaron Cruden supposedly making a dramatic return to New Zealand in time to play in this Super Rugby competition. Wasn’t too ridiculous but media ran this story barely hours after they had sensationally claimed Cruden was…

17 min.
the waiting is over

It’s always been a matter of when with Akira Ioane. There has never been any doubt he has all the natural attributes to be an All Black. He’s 1.96m and 112kg, so his physique is perfect for a test No 8. He’s an explosive athlete with the sort of pace that could see him, just about, scrape by on the wing if he had to play there and his ball skills have been refined to elite status by a couple of seasons playing sevens for New Zealand. Since he first played for the Blues as a barely 20-year-old in 2015, the All Blacks coaches have been watching and waiting. They have been waiting for Ioane to combine all of his immense skills with the same sort of hard-nosed, work ethic that defines the…

12 min.
rising from the ashes

It won’t be high on their agenda or an intended goal by any means, but in selecting the 2019 World Cup squad, the All Blacks coaches will be setting some players on a new path to star at the 2023 tournament. This is the power of rejection when it is well harnessed. This is what can happen if those who are not selected for the 2019 tournament are shaped, rather than defined by rejection. The All Blacks, who always have a supply-demand imbalance of personnel at World Cups, have seen rejection make more players than it has break them. They have seen World Cup rejection act as an emotional furnace and bring the best out of players who perhaps needed something to jolt them. So when the time comes to name the 31 who…