Sports Archive

Our World Cup football team is better than you think

The Football Ferns are about to play their first game at the Women's Football World Cup in France.

The Offspin podcast: The romantic Afghanistan cricket story faces up to reality

In this episode The Offspin is joined by Basir Safi and Ismail Wardak, two passionate Kiwi-Afghani cricket lovers.

‘You alright?’ A Bangladeshi cricket writer on being caught up in the horror at Al Noor.

Cricinfo’s Mohammad Isam was touring with the Bangladeshi team when they headed toward Al Noor mosque on March 15 to pray. He recalls that fateful day, and how it stayed with him.

The Offspin podcast: At last, a real cricketer joins the show

The Black Caps are two from two at the top of the Cricket World Cup table.

The first female Nike athlete was most likely a runner from New Zealand

In 1981, New Zealand runner Anne Audain accepted prize money for winning a race. In doing so, she changed the status of professional sports all around the world.

Scratched: The story of New Zealand’s most successful road runner (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 definitive ranking of all the Black Caps’ ODI shirts: now updated for 2019

After the Black Caps' victory over Sri Lanka in their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Calum Henderson has made an important update to his ranking of every New Zealand ODI shirt.

The Offspin podcast: a Black Caps win, plus the big question – is the uniform good?

In the second episode of The Offspin esteemed uniform ranker Calum Henderson joins the podcast to discuss the Black Caps comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka, uniform fashion trends and Simon Doull's glorious goatee from 1999.

Bring back Brendon McCullum

Ahead of the Black Caps first match in the Cricket World Cup, superfan Simon Day longs for his former leader.

The Offspin podcast: Can the Black Caps win the World Cup? (Maybe, but probably not)

The first ball in the 2019 Cricket World Cup is about to be bowled and to celebrate we've launched a new podcast, The Offspin, where our resident cricket tragics (in the truest sense of the concept) fill the hole of not being in England with the sound of banter.  

‘They don’t chase wins, they chase prices’: why the fixing stench still clings to cricket

An international gambling industry source has told The Spinoff that World Cup warm-up matches are prime targets for the vast subcontinental fixing machine. Warm-up games in the Cricket World Cup …

What it’s like to return to netball in your thirties

After a decade feeling alienated from sport, Hannah Spyksma returned to the netball courts and found it just as good as when she left.

Rupert Murdoch is slashing sports spending – and NZ sport is in for an epic chill

Fresh shadows are descending on Australian rugby – and it goes further than the Israel Folau saga, writes Trevor McKewen.

Form guide: Who will win the Cricket World Cup?

And more importantly, does New Zealand have a chance?

A gay man’s response to Australian cricketer James Faulkner ‘coming out’

Cricketer James Faulkner 'came out' on social media this week, except it all turned out to be a joke. Jack Cottrel responds. 

‘Please accept three hearty cheers, for one man with morality and guts’

On Thursday, the exhibition Mandela: My Life was officially opened at Eden Park, where in 1981 the All Blacks test against the Springboks was disrupted by flour bombs and flares. …

From Rotorua to Wimbledon: the unlikely tale of lost tennis legend Ruia Morrison

One of New Zealand's most successful tennis players has fallen through the cracks of sporting history. Madeleine Chapman tells the story of Ruia Morrison, Wimbledon quarter finalist.

Don’t worry, Crusaders fans, we’ve got your new name sorted

The Crusaders rugby franchise are looking into changing their name. Madeleine Chapman and Toby Morris have some ideas.

The definitive ranking of all 59 Warriors jerseys

An update to James Dann's groundbreaking 2016 investigation, now with 25% more shirts.

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.

The Crusaders have to change their name, and change it now

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Friday, people are aruging that the Crusaders name is now problematic, writes Jamie Wall for RNZ. Let's face it, though: it always was.

The A-League wants to expand. How about Auckland?

The Wellington Phoenix managed to get a club record crowd when they last played in Auckland.

See the Wellington Phoenix now, because this magic won’t last

For once, the Wellington Phoenix are actually cool.

Adesanya caps off a flawless night for New Zealand MMA

New Zealand goes three for three at UFC Melbourne, culminating in Israel Adesanya's win over Anderson Silva.