Opinion

Don't blame the old guys video

Dane Haylett-Petty, left, seen here getting the fend-off from Ryan Crotty, was probably culpable for at least two of the ...

OPINION: Blaming Europe-based Wallabies stars is confusing the issue, writes Paul Cully.

Is Hansen the best ever? video

Steve Hansen has had plenty of success with the All Blacks, but is he the best coach they have had?

Is Steve Hansen the best All Blacks coach ever? Glenn McLean and Shaun Eade debate.

NZ 7s coaching options for 2020

Who will lead the likes of Gillies Kaka and the New Zealand Sevens team into battle in future?

OPINION: Sevens reporter Ben Strang looks at five coaches who could lead the New Zealand Sevens team into the future.

All Blacks mix and match

Lots of eyes will be on fresh-faced Anton Lienert-Brown.

OPINION: There have been some intriguing changes to this week's All Blacks side.

How Wallabies can bounce back

A dejected Nick Phipps during the Bledisloe Cup thumping by the All Blacks.

OPINION: Australian rugby, it lives! It now needs to rise once more, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Turbos looking good if they can cure leakages

Is lock Kane Thompson the man to help steady the Turbos shonky form at lineouts.

OPINION: You have to be able to take the pain if you are a Manawatu Turbos fan.

Was divine assistance the Greeks' steroids?

"The gods do not bestow winning qualities on all men alike," Odysseus said. Usain Bolt clearly got an ample portion.

OPINION: In the wake of the Olympic doping scandals, it is worth noting that the first sporting event recorded in Western literature was marred by accusations of unfair advantage and performance enhancement.

'We need an Austerity Games'

Let the (Austerity) Games begin

OPINION: And now across to the IOC, who announce the host of the 2024 Olympic Games is ... Taupo.

Injuries won't hamstring All Blacks

Dane Coles continues to play through the pain to provide class at hooker for the All Blacks.

The woeful Wallabies have all the worries ahead of Bledisloe II, writes Marc Hinton.

NZ women dominate in Rio video

Eliza McCartney won bronze in pole vault at the Rio Olympics, one of 11 medals won by a Kiwi woman.

OPINION: Kiwi sportswomen deserve more publicity, funding and sponsorship after carrying the NZ team in Rio.

What a wonderful weekend of sport

Sir Peter Leitch aka the Mad Butcher, with All Blacks captain Keiran Read and Sam Whitelock at the airport.

What a weekend. The All Blacks looked fantastic, demolishing Australia 42-8. I even went to the airport to welcome them home, I was so delighted.

Wallabies regress - the reasons why

Tevita Kuridrani had a tough night against the All Blacks in Sydney.

OPINION: Australia's rugby failure is a collective one, writes Paul Cully. Check out his team of the week.

Clutch moments cost Warriors

Shaun Johnson looks on during the round 24 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the New Zealand Warriors.

OPINION: Oh, what could have been for the Warriors in the NRL this season.

Quirkiest stories from Rio deserve medals

Anna Hahner, left, and her sister Lisa Hahner approach the finish line during the women's marathon in Rio. Some ...

Rio a pearler for non-sporting sporting stories

ABs skill sets them apart

The All Blacks were simply dominant to crush the Wallabies in Sydney.

OPINION: Back or forward, it doesn't matter. The ABs' skill is simply unmatched, writes Liam Napier.

'3 more public holidays you need'

Lydia Ko holds up the ball that she sank for a hole-in-one.

OPINION: Never mind a holiday to remember the NZ Wars – we need a hole-in-one-day to celebrate Lydia Ko.

Women can save Aussie rugby

Charlotte Caslick of Australia is tackled by Sarah Goss of New Zealand during the Women's gold medal rugby sevens match ...

OPINION: You don't have to be a rugby fan to have been swept up in the euphoria of the Australian women's sevens team.

NZ's best ever Olympic day

Peter Burling (right) of New Zealand and Blair Tuke of New Zealand celebrate after winning a sailing gold medal in Rio.

Move over Super Saturday, we now have Terrific Thursday as we celebrate our most successful day at the Games.

Why Hewitt deserves medal

New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt will race in Rio in her third Olympic Games triathlon.

OPINION: Kiwi triathlete Andrea Hewitt will honour memory of her late fiance and coach when she lines up at Rio Olympics.

How Hansen revolutionised ABs

Although the buck stops with him, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen empowers his assistants and players.

OPINION: It will be astonishing if next ABs coach is not working with team at 2019 RWC.

Barrett and the banana skin

Can Israel Folau and the Wallabies make the adjustments needed to score another Bledisloe upset in Sydney?

Stuff's rugby writers tackle the big issues of Bledisloe week in Sydney, and beyond.

Inspirational Kiwis elevate Games

Valerie Adams' gracious reaction after being pipped for gold should serve as an example to all  athletes.

OPINION: In Rio, a group of extraordinary Kiwis have done the nation proud, writes Mark Reason.

Olympics on borrowed time?

Divers at the Rio Olympics were hampered by a pool that turned a bright shade of green.

Can the Olympics survive the dramas that have plagued Rio? Sports writers Duncan Johnstone and Ian Anderson discuss.

The hard question on Hamblin

Kiwi Nikki Hamblin (right) and American Abbey D'Agostino thank each after a fall in the women's 5000m heats.

OPINION: How would you have felt if Bond and Murray had sacrificed gold to save their sinking rivals?

Bolt, too good to be true?

Usain Bolt, three-time winner of the men's 100m at the Olympics; his third consecutive gold coming at the Rio Games.

OPINION: Former US Olympian Carl Lewis may be dubious on whether Usain Bolt is on the juice, but I'm not.

Phelps v Bolt? Who's better?

Michael Phelps, who has won 23 Olympic gold medals.

OPINION: Is Phelps three times the athlete that Usain Bolt is? No, writes Greg Baum.

Yachting right on Games formula?

Sam Meech flew the New Zealand flag with pride after claiming bronze in the Laser class at the Rio Olympics.

OPINION: Brutal selection policy demands excellence and delivers medals where other Kiwi sports fail on sport's biggest stage.

Secret to Royal's sevens act gallery

Princess Anne presents Gold medals to the Fijian Sevens Rugby Team at Rio.

OPINION: It was as good as a masonic hand shake, and the bowing Fiji sevens team knew it.

Warriors should think twice on Foran

A shift to the Warriors may not be the best move for Kieran Foran or the club.

OPINION: At face value, Kieran Foran would be a great signing for the Warriors but it may not be a smart move, writes David Long.

Reason: A world without cheats

'There is an inevitable beauty' in watching Usain Bolt run.

OPINION: I choose to be a blissful fool living in a world of dreams.

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