Lampp's sports comments
It strikes me that Steve Hansen talking about signing on as All Blacks coach for an eternity after the World Cup is a bit presumptuous.
A lineup for a photo taken at Palmerston North Boys' High School on Wednesday turned out to be an inadvertent piece of spin.
OPINION: So now we know that Aaron Cruden must be the All Blacks' starting first five-eighth in World Cup year.
Few of us would have realised the World Masters Games have twice as many competitors as the Olympic Games.
Reporting on the beloved Manawatu Turbos must shorten your life.
The breakdown area in rugby has just got too complicated for referees to cope with.
Who knows, after Saturday, the Aaron Cruden factor might not yet be over for Manawatu?
Manawatu asked for the plum rugby semifinal slot - 2.05pm Saturday - and received it last night.
OPINION: It will be close to a crime if Manawatu Turbos fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder isn't playing Super Rugby next year.
I can see why Hamilton is often given major rugby fixtures these days, and why Palmerston North seems to be on the backburner.
Aaron Cruden's overnighter wasn't great timing as far as Manawatu Turbos were concerned.
Notice when All Blacks assemble that for a whole day and a night, the same two players are featured everywhere.
OPINION: It took courage to put the story of Beaver to the screen, although making it as a docu-drama made it easier.
OPINION: The Super Rugby final at Sydney only reaffirmed my aversion to the box kick.
Silver might not be gold but it is more than a pass mark for the Manawatu contingent at the Commonwealth Games.
OPINION: In part, Roy Williams' just-released autobiography makes disturbing reading.
The Commonwealth Games seem to be lower key than they were in the past.
OPINION: Too much weighting is accorded to the winners of World Cups, in all sports.
For me, Super Rugby has just about run its race.
OPINION: Two books arrived this week which would be hard-pressed to be equalled online.
Who will win the 2015 Rugby World Cup?