Sports Archive

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.

The Offspin: Grasping at straws after the greatest ever cricket game

The Offspin podcast tries to make sense of the greatest cricket game of all time, and not seeing the Black Caps win it.

How it feels to lose the perfect game of cricket

The Black Caps were a critical part of what is probably the greatest game of cricket ever played, writes Duncan Greive. Is that enough to get over having lost it?

The Offspin podcast: previewing our big night at Lord’s, with Sonia Gray

We dare to believe in a Black Caps World Cup victory.

What you need to know about NZ’s chances at the Netball World Cup

Alice Webb-Liddall previews the 2019 Netball World Cup competition before the Silver Ferns' first game.

Beauden Barrett has abandoned us for the Blues and I’m weeping tears of fury

A Hurricanes true believer on a massive Super Rugby shift.

The Offspin: Savour it, because we’re going to Lord’s

Simon Day and Alex Braae go absolutely berserk over the semi-final win that put the Black Caps into the Cricket World Cup final.

The Black Caps are going to the final after a night of crazed, cathartic dreams

Incredibly, the Black Caps have made the Cricket World Cup final.

The Offspin: Mixing sport and politics with Peter McGlashan

In the latest episode of The Offspin, cricketer, commentator, activist and aspiring local board rep Peter McGlashan joins the show.

Punjab or Te Puke? Who to support when you’re a NZ-Indian cricket reporter

Radio NZ journalist Ravinder Hunia has a dilemma over who to support at the Cricket World Cup tonight.

How did our Cricket World Cup predictions measure up against reality?

In hindsight, many of the predictions were not good at all.