NZ Rugby World

NZ Rugby World August - September 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

FOR NOW, THE RETENTION of Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett has to be notched up as a victory for New Zealand Rugby. But it’s hard not to feel the exceptional terms all three have been offered to stay until the 2023 World Cup is storing up trouble further down the track. The so-called sabbatical clause has been standard-fare in the contracts of New Zealand’s highest profile players since Dan Carter was afforded the opportunity to play six months with Perpignan in 2009 as part of his three-year extension. Carter had been seriously contemplating leaving New Zealand permanently, so the six-month deal was a way of giving him the offshore experience he wanted/felt he needed to recharge mentally while not losing him for longer. When he injured himself four weeks into his Perpignan…

3 min.
treat, treatment, or torture?

The Shakti Mat (pronounced ‘Shark-tea’) is the latest health tool popping up in households around New Zealand, and it certainly seems to have people talking. But what’s this spiky mat really all about you’re probably wondering… How can just lying on this thing provide any real results? We’ve teamed up with top Sports Therapist, Debs Welch, and Rugby 7’s legend, Gillies Kaka, to get the low-down on these supposed salubrious spikes. At its core, The Shakti Mat is an acupressure tool fitted with 6,000 individual spikes, that put pressure on the skin designed to support the release of muscle tension and healthy blood circulation. The key difference between The Shakti Mat and traditional acupuncture is the spikes will not pierce the skin. Kaka says it’s the simplicity that keeps him coming…

2 min.
what’s next for razor..?

Having won a third consecutive title, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has pushed himself hard into the All Blacks frame. Steve Hansen will stand down as head coach after the World Cup and the job will be up for grabs with All Backs assistant Ian Foster, should he apply, arguably the strongest candidate. But the rise and rise of Razor, who has become the first coach to deliver three consecutive Super Rugby titles, has been a phenomenal story. Only 44, Robertson has already built an impressive coaching CV having enjoyed success with New Zealand Under 20s, Canterbury and now the Crusaders. As a former All Black he’s also had exposure to test football and should he apply for the soon to be vacant head role, he’d be able to make a compelling case. As for whether…

4 min.
in case you were asleep…

The Crusaders won their 309th Super Rugby title, beating the Jaguares 19-3 in the final. The Jaguares didn’t actually qualify for the final as such, they were invited by Sanzaar. Well, that’s not strictly true. They weren’t invited as such, just given a massive helping hand by being allowed to finish second in the round-robin when in actual fact they finished third. Somehow, though Sanzaar can’t see that it was plain mad to have allowed this deal where the respective conference winners respectively finish one, two, three irrespective of how many championship points they accumulate. Maybe the All Blacks should try this at the World Cup if they finish second in their pool. Argue they have to finish first as defending champions. And before anyone says that Sanzaar have seen…

11 min.
change at top for nzr

New Zealand Rugby has begun the search for a new chief executive after long-term incumbent Steve Tew announced he will be stepping down later this year. Tew, who had a long spell as deputy, before assuming the top job in December 2007, says that he felt the time was right for a change, paving the way for a new appointment to be installed after the World Cup. Most commentators would agree that Tew delivered outstanding results during his tenure, leading NZR to unprecedented revenues and on-field success. The All Blacks won two World Cups on his watch–and it could become three–while all the other national sides were also world champions and the Black Ferns Sevens won an Olympic silver medal in 2016. “There are new and exciting changes coming as a result of the…

3 min.
the road to glory

RESULTS BEST GAME CRUSADERS 66-0 REBELS So we learned by the end of the season that the Rebels weren’t actually up to much but still, the way the Crusaders ripped them apart in their final round-robin game was hugely impressive. They were direct, ruthless and unified. The skill level was at times extraordinary and Richie Mo’unga’s tactical control quite outstanding. A complete performance that reassured everyone the Crusaders were well on their way to a third title. JUNE 21 | QUARTER FINAL CRUSADERS 38-14 HIGHLANDERS KEY STATS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER SCOTT BARRETT Barrett started the season seemingly determined to prove he is a world class lock. He played with more power and punch, had greater presence in the nasty bits and yet strangely, was even more mobile and athletic than he normally is. He was everywhere, making passes, tackles, scoring tries, linking…