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Is the number 69 banned for the Blackcaps?

Close to 100 cricketers have represented New Zealand in limited overs internationals since numbers were added to the backs of players’ shirts, but none have ever worn the number 69. Why not?

Are rugby's new tackle laws good or bad? A definitive ruling

World Rugby recently introduced new tackle ball laws, and everyone’s arguing about whether they’re good or bad. Hayden Donnell attempts to settle the debate with a binding legal judgement.

Where were you when you discovered the mind-blowing truth about the Canterbury logo? A special Spinoff investigation

What do you see when you look at the Canterbury logo? If you're one of the estimated 50% of New Zealanders who are oblivious to its true meaning, sit down, take a deep breath, and prepare to have your world turned upside down. Hayden Donnell reports.

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Southside warrior: Four months inside Team Joseph Parker

Lupesoliai La'auli Joseph Parker is the greatest boxing hope New Zealand and Samoa have produced since David Tua. But can he win a world championship title? Don Rowe spent four months embedded in Parker’s inner circle as he prepared for the most important fight of his career so far.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18: Carlos Takam (L) and Joseph Parker (R) pose following a press conference at Burger King on May 18, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

FIGHT WEEK: Everyone wants a piece of Team Parker

As the country counts down to the Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz WBO world heavyweight championship fight, The Spinoff presents FIGHT WEEK, an inside look at the life and career of Joseph Parker, culminating in the Barkers 1972 magazine cover story Inside Team Parker on Friday. Today, Don Rowe follows Team Parker as they prepare for the May 2016 Parker vs Takam fight, IBF eliminator and richest prizefight in New Zealand history. .

Joseph Parker v Sherman Williams Official Weigh In at Trusts Stadium, Auckland, October 2014.

FIGHT WEEK: Joseph Parker and the unpaid grind of amateur boxing

As the country counts down to the Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz WBO world heavyweight championship fight, The Spinoff presents FIGHT WEEK, an inside look at the life and career of Joseph Parker, culminating in the Barkers 1972 magazine cover story Inside Team Parker on Friday. First, a chronicle of Parker's amateur experience and transition to the professional prizefighting ranks.