Sports Archive

NZ Rugby just made themselves look really stupid

As quality candidates drop like flies, the process to appoint the next coach looks not just silly, but preordained.

The All Blacks’ success masks long-term decline for NZ rugby. Is it terminal?

A combination of bad demographics, financial pressure and a decade's old bill coming due make the new NZ Rugby CEO’s job infinitely harder than that of the next All Blacks coach.

The Breakers just made a very dangerous hire

The Breakers' newest recruit has a history of violent behaviour on and off the court.

Noeline Taurua on Australian rivalry, equal pay and the future of professional netball

Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua shares her thoughts on today's Constellation Cup game and the changing landscape of netball in New Zealand.

10 omens that predict with some certainty the All Blacks vs England semifinal

By reference to history and science, we predict which way tonight's crunch game in the Rugby World Cup is likely to go.

Japanese fans have lit up the World Cup – and show us all how to back our teams

What’s really stood out for me being back in Tokyo is the unique qualities of Japan's spectators.

Sky’s huge rugby rights win: everything you need to know

A unique deal saw Sky buy the rugby rights and sell some of itself to NZ Rugby. Trevor McKewen breaks down what it all means.

The Chunli dilemma: what happens when you’re too good for New Zealand?

After a short but successful career in China, table tennis champion Chunli Li moved to New Zealand to coach. She soon discovered she was better than everyone, and that was a problem. 

Scratched: Chunli Li, undefeated in New Zealand at 57-years-old (WATCH)

Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights. This month, quadruple Commonwealth Games medal winner, Chunli Li. 

A Rugby World Cup lesson: Disrespect the haka at your own peril

On Saturday, South African fans sang loudly over the top of the All Blacks' haka in the opening round of the Rugby World Cup. Opposing sides and crowds can do what they want, writes Louisa Tipene Opetaia, but should heed the lessons of the past.

We want to play like the girls: The contact sport where men play catch-up to women

Amanda Thompson spends a day with the New Zealand men's roller derby squad as they prepare for next year's world champs in the US.

World Cup preview and predictions: why the All Blacks will win it all

Ahead of the All Blacks first game Trevor McKewen makes some his fanciful, fraught and some hopefully on-point predictions for the Rugby World Cup.

Watch: a tarot card reading for the All Blacks’ first Rugby World Cup game

In this episode of our new tarot reading show Wild Card, The Spinoff's resident psychic divines the outcome of the All Blacks' opening match against the Springboks on Saturday.

Launching the whale: At the unveiling of America’s Cup boat Te Aihe

The first of Team New Zealand's America's Cup boats was officially launched this morning. James Littlewood wandered down to the Viaduct at 6.30 on a cold, wet, Friday morning to see what all the fuss was about.

This is the long and sorry Warriors saga. Now it has a shot at a happy ending

The latest twist in the Warriors tale might be grim, but it comes as little surprise to sports journalist and former Warriors CEO Trevor McKewen.

If NZ really wants to revive youth sport, there’s one obvious nation to emulate

A squad of New Zealand's big sporting bodies just announced they were 'taking a stand', to 'create a positive experience for all young people playing sport'.

‘The worst thing I’ve ever watched’: Jimmy Neesham on life, loss and the 51st over

Black Caps Cricket World Cup hero Jimmy Neesham reveals what happened on that ill-fated day at Lord’s and how to move on.

Remembering the six bangers from Jump Jam: Volume One

Before Zumba, before Just Dance, before it was once again cool to move in public group settings, there was Jump Jam.

Scratched: Meet the creator of Jump Jam (WATCH)

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.

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

The best matchup in rugby is a long way from the field

With the acquisition of global rugby streaming leader RugbyPass, Sky might have just secured its future, writes Trevor McKewen.

The dark side of horse racing

After the recent deaths of two horses following a Taumarunui jump race, sparks have once again flared between animal rights groups and the racing community.

Thoughts on the Netball World Cup win, from a player who’s been there before

In 2003 the Silver Ferns won the Netball World Cup after a 16-year winning streak by the Australian Diamonds. In 2019, they've just done exactly the same thing.

The Master’s Plan: Why the Silver Ferns must keep Noeline Taurua

The architect of the incredible turnaround the Silver Ferns have enjoyed is now off-contract.