Jamie Wall

Jamie Wall (Te Rarawa) is a freelance writer and sports journalist for The Spinoff, Māori Television and RNZ.

Television
Aug 18, 2019

Review: Jonah is a troubled story of a tragic legend

Jamie Wall reviews Jonah, the two-part Three telefeature that follows the life of our most famous All Black, and finds it an effective but mixed retelling of the legend.

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Sports
Aug 4, 2017

That time everybody in New Zealand supported the Crusaders

For plenty of New Zealand rugby fans, their second Super Rugby team is 'anyone playing the Crusaders', but there was one year this wasn't the case. Jamie Wall looks back on the team's extraordinary 2011 season.

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Sports
Jul 24, 2017

Malakai Fekitoa is going to France – how should his New Zealand rugby career be remembered?

Is it fair to say the 25-year-old former All Blacks midfielder never quite lived up to his potential? Jamie Wall looks back on an abbreviated career in New Zealand rugby.

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Sports
Jul 8, 2017

A tale of two chants: How the Lions tour has been getting louder by the game

The All Blacks' attempt to start a parochial New Zealand rugby chant has been embraced wholeheartedly... by Lions supporters.

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Sports
Jan 31, 2017

Marcus Stoinis’ amazing innings made me feel something I’ve never felt before

Something strange happened to me at the cricket yesterday, confesses Jamie Wall: for the first time in my cricket-watching life I felt sympathy for Australia.

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Sports
Sep 27, 2016

Dumb: Wellington Rugby apparently learned nothing from the Chiefs debacle

Wellington Rugby Union seems determined to say the bare minimum about Losi Filipo's assault case. Jamie Wall says it’s time for rugby to stop looking the other way.

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Sports
Aug 26, 2016

Great moments in Bledisloe Cup history: The 2000 TrueBliss vs Bardot national anthem sing-off

For over 16 years one of New Zealand's greatest trans-Tasman triumphs has been overshadowed by one of our most crushing rugby losses.

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Sports
Jul 23, 2016

Aaron Smith achieves impossible, convinces ref to change his mind

People said it couldn't be done. That it was impossible for even the most loud-mouthed rugby player to achieve. Last night, Aaron Smith proved the doubters wrong.

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Sports
Jul 2, 2016

Brexit schmexit: England must put aside its differences to make an All Blacks test happen

Out of nowhere, England are challenging the All Blacks for the title of 'Best Side in Rugby'. Rugby bosses need to strike while the iron's hot and schedule an emergency test match between the two sides, writes Jamie Wall.

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Sports
Jun 28, 2016

A legacy of pain: The worst times the Warriors have been mercilessly knifed by their former players

The Warriors (probably) hold the NRL record for getting their hearts broken by their former players, with James Maloney's golden point field goal the most recent incident. Jamie Wall recounts the most traumatic …

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Sports
Jun 8, 2016

‘Solid as, I’d say’: A short history of retrospectively dodgy All Blacks endorsements

The heroic image of Richie McCaw chugging an ice cold bottle of Powerade has been blamed for ruining kids' teeth, but as Jamie Wall finds, it's far from the first troubling endorsement in All Blacks history.

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Sports
Jun 1, 2016

A tale of two converts: Why is SBW the only one labelled a ‘mercenary’?

Their rugby and league career paths are strikingly similar, writes Jamie Wall, so why does Sonny Bill Williams get so much grief for it while Brad Thorn is universally admired?

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Sports
May 27, 2016

Can Tinder help rescue the Warriors’ season? A Spinoff investigation

With the Warriors' latest calamity weighing heavy on his mind, Jamie Wall decided to reinstall Tinder and use it to crowdsource a solution to his beloved rugby league club's woes.

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Sports
May 19, 2016

All you need is glove: Can Aaron Smith spark a rugby fashion revival?

Fingerless gloves. Those distinctive mitt-warmers were once the height of rugby haute couture. Then they inexplicably vanished without a trace. Can Aaron Smith work his magic, and bring them back? The biggest story out …

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Sports
Apr 28, 2016

The Warriors were molten garbage, but can we stop saying they shamed the ANZACs?

The Warriors lost badly on ANZAC Day, and now they're being accused of disrespecting the combatants in a military campaign that happened 101 years ago. That's dumb, writes Jamie Wall.

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Sports
Mar 25, 2016

The huge missed marketing opportunity staring fatcat footy bosses in their faces

Why can’t we get rugby or league jerseys with numbers on the back, wonders Jamie Wall.

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Sports
Feb 26, 2016

How to make an average rugby player into a star in one easy step

All you have to do is move them from the Southern Hemisphere to the North. Jamie Wall looks at rugby’s growing talent gap.

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Sports
Feb 24, 2016

Rugby writers desperate for new white guy centre to call ‘intelligent’

Jamie Wall takes on racial stereotyping in the New Zealand sports media.

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