Scotty Stevenson

Scotty Stevenson is a senior sports writer for The Spinoff, and a commentator and columnist.

Sports
Jan 10, 2018

All Black Lima Sopoaga to sign with Wasps

Another big name All Black has been tempted to the Northern Hemisphere. Scotty Stevenson reports. 

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Sports
Nov 29, 2017

A group of amateur women are undeniably the best rugby team in the world

The Black Ferns recognition as the World Rugby Team of the Year is a big deal for women athletes around the world.

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Sports
Nov 21, 2017

Brad Shields is no villain

Wellington and Hurricanes stalwart Brad Shields may be in line to play for England at the next World Cup after turning down the chance to join the All Blacks on tour. Cue predictable outrage. But spare us the guilt trip, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Nov 9, 2017

Samoa Rugby Union hates the players and the game

The Samoa Rugby Union needs a hand up, not a hand out, writes Scotty Stevenson. It also needs a complete administrative overhaul and an end to the culture of intimidation, cronyism and silence that disrespects the players and the game.

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Sports
Oct 21, 2017

Who’s afraid of the big, bad Wallaby? Not the All Blacks

There's not a lot of hope for Australian rugby ahead of tonight's test, says Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Oct 14, 2017

The undying hope of the Taniwha: a memoir of Northland rugby

To the sound of country music, long suffering Northland rugby fan Scotty Stevenson fears a winning season could be inevitably lost.

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Sports
Sep 16, 2017

The only All Black who remembers losing to the Springboks in New Zealand

There will be motivation aplenty for both teams tomorrow when the All Blacks face the Springboks at Albany, but the most motivated of all might be the only guy in the All Blacks team who remembers what it is like to lose to South Africa in New Zealand.

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Sports
Sep 8, 2017

No fuss, no drama: Luke Romano is the All Blacks’ quiet achiever in a noisy age

The All Blacks have chosen to share the love in the selection this weekend – that’s good news for one man who continues to graft away in the background, and would be just as happy hunting pigs in the Canterbury high country, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Sep 2, 2017

The Battle of the Bridge is a provincial rugby rivalry worth reviving

It should be New Zealand provincial rugby’s greatest rivalry, but the Battle of the Bridge barely rates a mention on the list of great contests. Is 2017 the year to change all that? Scotty Stevenson certainly hopes so.

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Sports
Aug 25, 2017

From Feilding High School to the Rugby World Cup final

At least one person will have a bob each way when the Black Ferns take on England in the final of the women's World Cup on Sunday morning, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Aug 18, 2017

Relationship goals: What the All Blacks and Wallabies could learn from Justin Marshall and George Gregan

New Zealand and Australia have always enjoyed a well, special, sporting relationship. But if this week has proved anything it is that the Wallabies and the All Blacks barely have a relationship at all any more, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Aug 10, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: The rise and rise of David Havili

The All Blacks have lost Jordie Barrett to injury, so they have simply called up another kid with a bottomless bag of tricks – the Crusaders’ David Havili. Here's how he got there.

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Sports
Aug 3, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: The Crusaders won’t fear the Ellis Park factor

Home advantage is a very real thing in the history of Super Rugby finals, but the Crusaders don’t mind a road trip, and won’t be worried about being away from home this weekend.

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Sports
Jul 28, 2017

Old hands vs new philosophers: The Super Rugby semifinals coaching battles

It’s only fair that most of the focus ahead of this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-finals will be on the players but, as Scotty Stevenson writes, both crucial clashes will also be defined by a battle between the old and new schools of professional coaches.

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Sports
Jul 26, 2017

Secondary school rugby players to be tested for drugs

For the first time in NZ school sports history, players at this year's National 1st XV top 4 semi-finals will be subject to anti-doping testing, reports Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Jul 19, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: How important is discipline? Super Rugby’s playoff teams by the numbers

The Super Rugby finals kick off this weekend with the best attacking teams in the competition favoured to have it all their way in the first round. That’s all well and good, but finals footy is finals footy, and as Scotty Stevenson discovers, we may need to have a conversation about discipline, too.

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Sports
Jul 15, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: Embrace the chaos of the Super Rugby draw – and pray for something better next year

The weirdest draw in all of professional sports naturally gets a weird ending this week. Maybe it’s just time to admit that the system is too weird for everyone, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Jul 5, 2017

A new kind of roar: The case for a British and Irish Lionesses tour

What if we added another three tests to the next Lions tour, without troubling the blokes at all? It's time for the British & Irish Lionesses, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Jul 1, 2017

Scotty Stevenson: BIG rating – the obscure stat which obsesses NZ and the Lions ignore

As the weather closes in on Wellington and the vultures circle the conceptual carcass of the British and Irish Lions, the second test against the All Blacks shapes as perhaps one of the most important in the history of this great touring party.

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Sports
May 22, 2017

‘It’s about having fun’: Scott Robertson, the coach behind the Crusaders’ unbeaten start

Scott 'Razor' Robertson took the reins as the Crusaders head coach at the end of last season. So far his Super Rugby coaching record reads: 12 wins, no draws, no losses. Scotty Stevenson caught up with him in Fiji last week to talk about his coaching philosophies ahead of the Crusaders' Friday night match against the Chiefs.

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Sports
May 18, 2017

Super Rugby Power Rankings: How far under the radar are the Chiefs right now?

A change has come at the top of Scotty Stevenson's power rankings after the Crusaders dethroned the Hurricanes in a New Zealand conference classic.

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Sports
Apr 6, 2017

Why the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy is a special piece of New Zealand rugby silverware

Gordon Hunter was a police detective and also one of the most memorable rugby coaches of his, or any, era. This weekend the Highlanders and Blues will contest the trophy named in his honour. Scotty Stevenson explains why that matters, and why Gordy's memory deserves to be kept alive.

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Sports
Mar 22, 2017

Super Rugby Power Rankings: The first four rounds

Scotty Stevenson's Super Rugby Power Rankings make a triumphant return for 2017.

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Sports
Feb 23, 2017

Five rising stars to keep an eye on this Super Rugby season

With Super Rugby set to kick off for 2017, Scotty Stevenson picks some rising stars in the New Zealand squads who could light up the competition this season.

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Sports
Nov 2, 2016

48 hours drinking with rugby’s greatest losers

Scotty Stevenson spent the weekend in the company of rugby players who'd just been on the receiving end of heartbreaking losses, and he loved every minute of it.

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Sports
Oct 27, 2016

Where the real music is made: A love letter to provincial rugby

As the goalposts are taken down and cricket pitches mowed across the country, Scotty Stevenson reflects on the continued importance of provincial rugby in New Zealand.

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