Sports Archive

In this crisis, NZ Rugby needs to prove it takes the women’s game seriously

Melodie Robinson makes the case for greater support for women's rugby, and says mothers are the code's most important fanbase.

Rugby Unwrapped: What rugby can learn from its rival codes (WATCH)

Scotty Stevenson and a panel of rugby insiders look to the future of the sport, and ask what can be done to make that future more secure.

All Black halfback says professional players should be playing club rugby too

Should All Blacks be playing club rugby as well as national and regional-level games?

Catching up with Richie McCaw in lockdown

His toughness is legendary, but how is the man recently voted the world’s best rugby player of the last decade holding up now?

Rugby Unwrapped: How NZ rugby needs to change to survive (WATCH)

In the first of a wide-ranging three-part series looking at the state of rugby in New Zealand, Scotty Stevenson asks where the sport is at, where is it going and how will we get there

Rest easy, Jock: Grant Robertson on the passing of a childhood hero

Grant Robertson pays tribute to big-hitting batsman Jock Edwards, who passed away this week.

Offer the light: Taking in the last Test overs of Bryan Waddle and Jeremy Coney

Listening in to the last call of Bryan Waddle and Jeremy Coney on Radio Sport.

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.

No one can pre-plan a conspiracy theory like an elite sporting body

The controversy around the unexpected (but 'pre-planned') mid-season break for the Black Caps coach left countless fans feeling they were being suckered. And fair enough.

It took 60 years, but Ruia Morrison has finally been recognised as a tennis legend

In a classic case of better late than never, pioneering Māori tennis player Ruia Morrison was honoured at the 2020 ASB Classic in Auckland.

A play-by-play of the 2020 NFL Super Bowl

Sam Brooks watched today's NFL Super Bowl and recaps the moments that mattered.

A night with the Tuatara: the remarkable rise of the team making baseball exciting

Alex Braae heads to North Harbour Stadium to watch the Auckland baseball team play a crunch game before a wild, Baby Shark chanting crowd.

Island Fútbol

Far from home, the Latin American football fanatics of Waiheke Island are fighting to regain their place on the New Zealand football league. It's a tale of passion, pride and love for the beautiful game.

Serena Williams won her first title as a mother and one columnist wasn’t happy

After three years, Serena Williams is a champion again. Sadly not everyone was too thrilled about a mother competing.

Seven questions left hanging by the Black Caps’ abysmal performance in Australia

After a horrific test series defeat to Australia, Alex Braae assesses the questions that will be asked in the wake of it.

Summer binge watch: Scratched, Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends

Catch up on Scratched, the Spinoff's video series celebrating New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.

The 10 matches that defined the decade for the Black Caps

Simon Day and Alex Braae – co-hosts of The Offspin podcast – look back at the ten-year evolution of the Black Caps. 

Decade in review: The miracle revival of the Silver Ferns

How the Silver Ferns went from rock bottom to top of the world in the 2010s.

Obituary: Sir Peter Snell, the inscrutable genius of middle distance running

Sir Peter Snell has died, aged 80, at his home in Dallas, Texas. Looking back at the life of arguably New Zealand's greatest ever athlete.

Woman first, athlete second: Barbara Cox and the struggle for female footballers

When Barbara Cox joined a football team in 1973, she was one of the first women in the country to do so.

What I can tell you about Ian Foster, the new boss of the All Blacks

Yesterday Ian Foster was announced as the new coach of the All Blacks, having already spent eight years as part of the coaching setup.

Scratched: Barbara Cox, the matriarch of New Zealand football (WATCH)

Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights. This month, matriarch of New Zealand football, Barbara Cox. 

Marlon Williams, Mel Bracewell and more explain why they’re hooked on the NBA

Five New Zealanders from across cultural spaces explain what it is they love about basketball.

In praise of Neil Wagner, the Black Cap who forges beauty out of brutality

Mark Reason says this merchant of intimidation is boring. Here is why he's wrong.