Excellent catch up here with Alexandra rider James Williamson and how things are going in England with Node4 this season.
James hasn't had the best of the luck, especially with teams folding around him, and the technical nature of the English criterium circuit doesn't really suit his style, but it's great to see him riding for a team overseas.
He could win the Tour of Southland one day.
All due to respect to Sir John Kirwan, a great man who is proving himself a handy rugby coach, but this sort of thing suggests he's completely out of touch.
To suggest the British and Irish Lions should play franchises ahead of provinces when they tour here in 2015 is disappointing.
It was hard to get excited about the Lions playing the Western Force in their tour opener, but imagine the Lions playing the Highlanders instead of Southland or Otago.
The 2005 fixture against the Lions at Rugby Park remains one of Southland rugby's fondest memories. If it weren't for a fired-up Gavin Henson, who had just been told he wasn't required for the test side, the Stags might have snuck a famous win.
Invercargill was rocking with the influx of tourists, the game was hugely anticipated and turned out to be a blinder. And Kirwan would rather see the Lions play in front of 10,000 at a soul-less Albany Stadium.
The Lions v the Highlanders would get a crowd, no doubt, but it wouldn't engender anything like the excitement of a traditional fixture.
The Aussies have to make do because they don't have a provincial competition, but it would tremendously sad if we went the same way.
Surely the provinces would show more respect to the fixture than Kirwand did by running a second-string side out against the French last night.
Meanwhile, you can check out how Southland cyclist Steph McKenzie is getting on during her first week of racing at T-Town here.
And for a bit of a laugh, check out this bit of footage which has kept us giggling for the past week or so. Fair to say ''I don't know, Jeff'' has entered the office vernacular.
Staring down the barrel of another series defeat, the Cockroaches are grasping at straws again, as you can see here.
Greg Inglis is a Queenslander, end of.
A couple of geniuses at work here - film maker Tim Pierce and Southland mountainbiker Conor Macfarlane.
How beautiful does Arrowtown look here?
Interesting facts ahead of the Melbourne Vixens v Southern Steel game in Melbourne on Monday night from the good people who run the tournament.
- Last meeting: Rd 14, 2012: Vixens 56 defeated Steel 38, Invercargill.
- The Vixens 11-goal defeat last round was its heaviest loss since Round 12, 2011 when they lost 45-33 to the NSW Swifts in Melbourne.
- The Steel equaled the club's longest winning streak of four matches with its win over the Kia Magic in Invercargill last round. They previously won four games in a row between Rounds 10-13 in 2010.
- The Steel remain winless after 13 matches in Australia since the ANZ Championship began in 2008. They are the only New Zealand team not to have won a game in Australia.
- The Steel is the highest scoring team in the competition this season, averaging 63.6 goals a game. They are just ahead of the Mission Queensland Firebirds, who average 63.5 goals a game.
- Despite last week's loss, the Vixens remain the No.1 defensive side in the competition, conceding 43.4 goals a match.
- The Steel have not been beaten when leading at three-quarter time in their last four games. However, in their last three matches, they have trailed at quarter-time.
- The Vixens have trailed at quarter-time in their past two matches against the NSW Swifts and Mission Queensland Firebirds.
- The Steel have only won two of its matches played in Round 10 during the five seasons of the ANZ Championship. The Vixens record in the corresponding round is 3-2. These two teams faced off in the same round back in the inaugural season in 2008 at Invercargill with the Steel winning 47-46.
- Steel goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler's lowest goal tally in a game this season is 41, against the Thunderbirds in Round 3. She is averaging 51.5 goals a match.
- The highest tally posted in a game by a Vixens player is 40 by Karyn Howarth against the EasiYo Tactix in Round 3.
- Fowler has scored 412 goals this season. The Vixens trio of Karyn Howarth, Tegan Caldwell and Sharelle McMahon's combined tally is 410.
- Steel captain Jodi Brown is ranked No.1 in the competition for goal assists with 152. Vixens wing attack Madison Browne is No.2 with 145. The Steel has two players ranked inside the top 10 - Phillipa Finch is the other, with 101.
- The average age of the Steel is 23.7 years. The Vixens' average age is 26.2 years.
- Vixens defender Johannah Curran is due to play her 50th ANZ Championship match this round. She reached the milestone of 100 national league games earlier in the season.
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