Scotty Stevenson

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

Society
Sep 9, 2020

Give it up, NZ Rugby. The 2020 Bledisloe Cup tests need to be in Brisbane

All Black fans are desperate to watch them take on Australia. But the arguments for playing in New Zealand are worse than flimsy, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
Jul 29, 2020

Joeli Vidiri was as good as you remember

In the Counties-Manukau and Auckland Blues teams of the late 1990s, 'Big Joe' was one half of a double act the likes of which we may never see again.

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Sports
Jun 23, 2020

The death of the dark arts: Is Super Rugby Aotearoa killing off the scrum?

Consign this misunderstood mass of bodies to history at your peril, says Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
May 29, 2020

Covid-XV: Rugby’s super-genius law change ideas, explained

The brains trust at World Rugby have conjured up some rule changes to obviate the risks of coronavirus.

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Sports
May 28, 2020

Athletes have embraced social media with gusto. Where does that leave journalists?

For athletes, journalists can seem distrustful and irrelevant. But they also help to build legends.

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Society
Apr 21, 2020

In the absence of noise, I hear things

Without the sounds of normal life competing for attention, Scotty Stevenson has taken some time over the past four weeks to listen.

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Sports
Feb 14, 2020

Israel Adesanya just gave the best acceptance speech in Halberg history

At the highest gathering place of New Zealand sport, UFC champion and sportsman of the year Israel Adesanya delivered the message he has long been destined to give.

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Sports
Aug 19, 2019

A win from within

At Eden Park on Saturday night, the Wallabies were on the receiving end of a ruthless players’ revenge by the All Blacks, writes Scotty Stevenson

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Sports
Mar 21, 2019

The collateral damage of the Nations Championship is already happening

The pending announcement of the Sunwolves’ exit from Super Rugby suggests that the Nations Championship is the future. However, trickle-down economics may be a hard sell.

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Sports
Nov 7, 2018

Referees talk for 80 minutes a match. Then, silence.

Regardless on where you stand on the Owen Farrell Incident, the last 72 hours demonstrate one thing: rugby union revels in confusing its own fans.

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Sports
Nov 3, 2018

The legend of Dr Z lives on at Soldier Field this weekend

The death of famed sports pundit Dr Z adds extra motivation for six of the USA Eagles as they prepare to take on the Māori All Blacks on Sunday.

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Sports
Oct 26, 2018

A free rugby final in a classic match-up. It’s a risky move. Over to you, Aucklanders

A domestic rugby final at NZ's most famous ground, and it's free to all. This could be the start of something, writes Scott Stevenson

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Sports
Sep 24, 2018

League of Nations could be a gamechanger for international rugby

In what could be World Rugby’s most game-changing play since the introduction of the Rugby World Cup in 1987, plans for an annual ‘League of Nations’ tournament show the governing body’s intent to keep the international game on top.

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Sports
Aug 4, 2018

The Super Rugby final has everything it needs, but not what it deserves

Tonight's Super Rugby final will be a repeat of last year’s match up. No matter what you may think about Super Rugby’s complex format, there's no doubt both Crusaders and Lions deserve to be there, writes Scotty Stevenson.

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Sports
May 30, 2018

Isa Nacewa: almost an All Black, a Leinster legend instead

Isa Nacewa hung up his boots yesterday after leading his beloved Leinster to Champions Cup and Pro14 Glory. It has been a remarkable career for a man who deserves to be known for so much more than not playing for the All Blacks.

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Sports
May 24, 2018

In praise of the Heritage Hotel, home of the All Blacks

Scotty Stevenson pays tribute to the charms of Auckland's Heritage Hotel, where the new All Black squad was announced over the weekend.

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Sports
May 9, 2018

Scotty Stevenson: Ben Lam is good enough to make the All Blacks

Hurricanes winger Ben Lam has been a revelation this season, but looks unlikely to be in the All Black’s thinking for June. Scotty Stevenson discusses the reasons why, and what it says about how tough it is to make the team.

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Sports
Apr 18, 2018

Israel Folau has Rugby Australia stuck between a stone tablet and a hard place

If Israel Folau really wants to stay in Australian rugby union, he’s got a funny way of showing it, writes Scotty Stevenson. Oh, and Rugby Australia is being played.

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Sports
Apr 16, 2018

Watching for the love of the game

As the Hurricanes held off the Chiefs on Friday night, Scotty Stevenson had a chance to reflect on the simple joy of watching a game.

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Sports
Apr 7, 2018

In Auckland, rugby union’s got the blues

New Zealand Rugby needs its biggest city to be in love with rugby union. But, if last weekend is anything to go by, Auckland may be considering a love affair with that other rugby code. Can the Blues win over a jaded public?

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Sports
Mar 24, 2018

The lost boys who find a home at the Highlanders

Last week the Highlanders reigned victorious over the Crusaders in the southern derby. Scotty Stevenson explores the metaphysical reasons why they beat the old foes from up the road.

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Sports
Feb 3, 2018

When the level playing field is just not big enough

There are more problems than solutions when it comes to the integration of Sevens World Series events, but, as Scotty Stevenson discovered in Sydney, it is clearly the way forward for the sport.

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Sports
Jan 28, 2018

Two Aussies, three games – a road trip through New Zealand provincial rugby

From Auckland to Methven, two Aussie lads chased the essence of New Zealand rugby. Scotty Stevenson recounts their journey.  

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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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