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NZ Rugby World No 180 Jun-Jul 2016

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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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in this issue

4 min.
editor’s letter

THERE IS NOTHING tougher in sport than trying to fill the boots of one of the best. That is going to be Kieran Read’s job, though, as he assumed the captaincy of the All Blacks from one Richard Hugh McCaw. It’s a tough gig because the nation wasn’t ready to say goodbye to McCaw. He played as well in his last game as he did in his first and at no stage in his 15 years did his standards slip. There was no staggering to the tape, everyone a little embarrassed for him, looking at their feet just hoping he’d take the hint and shuffle off. It was a glorious end to a glorious career and now Read must take over a team that apparently doesn’t have much room for growth. How…

1 min.

WICKED AIR This was the awful moment when Sharks fullback Willie le Roux was taken out in the air by Highlanders second-five Jason Emery. There was no malice from Emery, he just got his timing all wrong and was red carded for a seriously dangerous incident that could have ended a lot worse. HEAD HIGH Michael Leitch was lucky not to be carded for this challenge on Beauden Barrett. The Hurricanes first-five was looking to cut inside when wham, Leitch stuck out his arm and made contact around the face then the throat. STILL GOT IT Daniel Carter, who has recently been long-listed as one of the European players of the year, was instrumental in guiding Racing Metro into the final of the Champions Cup.…

3 min.
climbing the coaching ranks

OUR ROUND-UP OF THE RELEVANT AND RANDOM BITS OF INFORMATION THAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED THE WELSH WILL BE HERE in a few weeks and while there will be a bit of interest in the actual series, perhaps there will be more around what it will all mean for the British and Irish Lions. Welsh coach Warren Gatland wants to be the Lions coach again next year. The former All Blacks hooker was in charge when the Lions last toured in Australia 2013 and is the favourite, at the moment, to land the job again. Taking Wales here for three consecutive winter tests is the perfect dry run for Gatland and will reveal much about his readiness to assume the Lions job again. The important thing won’t be the results as such – the…

3 min.
pulu is the real deal

FINALLY, THE BLUES HAVE BOUGHT A PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A GENUINE IMPACT AT THE FRANCHISE. AUGUSTINE PULU, who has been poached from the Chiefs, may not be spectacularly well-known at the moment but he has the skill-set and physique to become a special player. All he needs is game time – something he never found easy to come by at the Chiefs given the presence of Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Joe Weber. Pulu wanted to join the Blues this year, but the Chiefs wouldn’t grant him an early release. Once he was o contract, Blues coach Tana Umaga knew he could get his man and bring the sort of player the franchise has craved for a long time. Like...a long time. Pulu can run, he can pass and he can tackle. He can…

4 min.
in case you were asleep...

• Natural order took control of Super Rugby and left the table looking exactly how we said it would. • Not being a smart arse about this – okay very much being a smart arse about this – we said the new boys would be guff and drift to the bottom. • Wow how good at this analysis business we have become. • Maybe we should speculate about matters that we know equally little about but do it for long enough as we have with rugby and by the laws of probability eventually get something right. • Currency speculation...that can’t be that hard? Anyone want to stump up some cash for us to practise with? • Talking of cash...turns out New Zealand Rugby has got a truckload of the stuff . $70 million a year…

2 min.
the truth about sonny

IT’S AMAZING HOW MUCH nonsense is written about SONNY BILL WILLIAMS and how few people really have a clue about what is going on. In early April, New Zealand media picked up on reports out of France that Williams’ agent, Khoder Nasser, was in Toulon, talking to the club’s owner Mourad Boudjellal. That was enough for stories to appear back here that Williams was trying to negotiate a short-term deal to play in France after the Olympics and then return to New Zealand to be eligible for the Lions tour in 2017. Here are the reasons that was patent rubbish: 1. Why would Toulon want to sign Williams on what would eff ectively be a three-month deal? 2. If Toulon had got anywhere near signing Williams, the notorious big mouth of Boudjellal would have…