Sports Archive

Is watching cricket at the pub a thing of the past?

Popping down to the pub to watch Kane Williamson score a double century is harder if the pub doesn't have the game on.

Eugene Bareman: the beating heart of New Zealand kickboxing

From high school rugby star to law school dropout to UFC deity.

Everything you need to know about the very different 2020/21 summer of cricket

New broadcasters, a new Boxing Day test venue, and new selection problems for the Black Caps.

The Fold: The boss of all rugby, with Mark Robinson

NZ Rugby is in a fascinating situation at the moment, with some big calls to be made over the coming years. This episode, the man in charge of making them talks to Duncan Greive.

Sorry Quinny, I’m with JK when it comes to what masculinity means

Rugby commentator Keith Quinn's call for rugby players to 'harden up' shows how much New Zealand's macho culture has changed since the days he ruled the airwaves.

Match Fit shows former All Blacks overweight and struggling – just like the rest of us

In their heyday they were invulnerable, but now the likes of Piri Weepu and Eroni Clarke are all too human. That’s what makes Match Fit so compelling.

From friends to foes: How two Māngere College old boys made it as rugby pros

How did two pupils from Māngere College end up playing on different sides in the Bledisloe Cup?

In defence of the drop kick

After last weekend's Bledisloe Cup match, Justin Latif asks why we've fallen out of love with drop kicking.

Puck this year: How 2020 turned a sports hater into an ice hockey superfan

Some people made sourdough. Some took up sewing. Some developed a curious obsession with a brutal winter sport.

Fighting in the age of Covid, Israel Adesanya represents a new New Zealand

Israel Adesanya has fought his way to the top of his sport, and into the hearts and minds of New Zealanders – whether they want him there or not. What’s at stake when he fights this weekend in Abu Dhabi?

Yes, public health is important. But surely not as important as rugby

A little bit of Covid-19 is a small price to pay for a whole lot of rugby, writes Hayden Donnell

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.

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.

Scratched: Joeli Vidiri, the greatest All Black that never was

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due.

I got kiss cam’d at Eden Park and it was truly horrible

Can we please stick to T-shirt cannons and on-field tug-of-war instead of watching strangers smooch?

Beyond the living room: How cycling app Zwift came to host the Tour de France

The Tour de France is going ahead despite Covid-19 – only next month, the pros will compete indoors.

The different types of cricket match, ranked

As South Africa prepares to unleash a confusing new three-team version of cricket, it’s time to settle once and for all: which cricket format is the best?

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.

Before Dan: A brief history of all the earlier Blues ring-ins

The arrival of Dan Carter is far from the first time the ever-struggling Auckland team has hoped to turn around its fortunes with a star signing.

Dan Carter: A life in undies

In 2014, Duncan Greive was invited to interview Dan Carter on the back of the All Black's spokesmodelling gig for Jockey underwear.

Now with added Beauden, the Blues prepare for a very different Super Rugby

Can the Blues keep up their cautiously promising return to form the pre-Covid Super Rugby season hinted at?

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.

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.

Rugby Unwrapped: Full series now available in podcast form

Listen to all four episodes of the series in which Scotty Stevenson and a panel of rugby insiders discuss the state of the sport in NZ.