Opinion

Reive: Kiss consistency goodbye

Referee Gavin Bagder awards a penalty during the round 15 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the ...

OPINION: For some reason I was led to believe the NRL bunker was introduced so the right calls would be made consistently. My mistake.

Reason: TV commentators not up to it

Would Israel Dagg, pictured, Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett make a great back three? You might not find out from the TV ...

OPINION: NZ is a nation of rugby punditry, so why are we being let down by the TV commentators?

England two years behind ABs

Former Lions coach Ian McGeechan, pictured with former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, insists England are not yet ...

England improving, but New Zealand still well on top, says former Lions coach.

Selections pay off for Hansen

Beauden Barrett was the one of the stars of the show in Dunedin on Saturday night.

OPINION: Three wise men make choices that pay dividends against the Welsh.

Wallabies' RWC hangover

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, captain Stephen Moore and Michael Hooper commiserate after being swept by England in ...

OPINION: This is the Rugby World Cup hangover from hell for the Wallabies.

What goes on tour stays on tour

Dustin Johnson sinks his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of his US Open at Oakmont Country Club on ...

OPINION: How does it look to the world when the golf's marquee competition has no credible drugs policy?

Can All Whites emulate Iceland?

Iceland players celebrate a goal on their march to the European Championships playoffs.

OPINION: Will Winston Reid and his All Whites team-mates draw inspiration from Iceland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Dixon and McKenzie a chance?

Highlanders loose forward Elliot Dixon could be picked to make his All Blacks debut in front of his home crowd this Saturday.

OPINION: Wouldn't it would be great to see the All Blacks make changes for the third test?

Savory: Time is up for Nyika

New Zealand boxer David Nyika.

OPINION: It is time Kiwi boxer David Nyika followed Joseph Parker's lead and turned pro.

Right penalty, wrong delivery at US Open

Dustin Johnson is congratulated by Lee Westwood and his brother/caddie Austin Johnson as they walk up the 18th hole at ...

OPINION: Rules officials made the toughest test in golf even tougher.

Good guy Daley unfazed by criticism

Laurie Daley is one of the good guys but that may not be enough to save his job should NSW lose.

OPINION: Murmurs start that Daley's job is far from guaranteed should Blues lose again.

Olympic Power Rankings: 9

Sophie MacKenzie and Julia Edward will chase gold at Rio.

Making the NZ team for Rio was half the challenge for these dual world champs.

Reason: The Kiwi driving England

Dylan Hartley celebrates after England's victory against the Wallabies in Melbourne on Saturday.

OPINION: Dylan Hartley's is one of the more extraordinary transformations of modern sport.

England real contenders

Dylan Hartley, the England captain, celebrates after their victory over Australia.

OPINION: England have showed they have the potential to topple the All Blacks as world No 1.

Sorry Ardie, Sam's got this

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OPINION: Savea is some rugby talent, but Cane has earned the No.7 with hard yards.

Sharks true test for Warriors video

The gritty win over the Roosters was the ideal preparation for the Warriors' big test against the Sharks this weekend.

OPINION: Daunting trip to Cronulla perfect chance for Warriors to make a statement.

All Blacks would wallop England video

Kieran Read at the forefront of the All Blacks haka before their win over Wales.

OPINION: Should we fear this English team? Of course not. We'd absolutely hammer them.

Reive: LBJ for MVP

Take LeBron James out of the equation and the Cleveland Cavaliers have little chance of beating the Golden State Warriors.

OPINION: There has only been one player to win the NBA Finals MVP on a losing side. That looks set to change, Christopher Reive writes.

Five things from the All Blacks' win video

Ardie Savea was among those bench players that gave the All Blacks a lift against Wales on Saturday.

What were the talking points out of New Zealand's 36-22 win over Wales?

Kieran Read could be our greatest video

Kieran Read signs autographs after clinching his first series win as All Blacks captain.

OPINION: Richie who? Was Steve Hansen serious when he wondered if Read might turn out better even than McCaw?

Gifford: Talented ABs best Welsh

Beauden Barrett is congratulated after scoring a try.

OPINION: All Blacks replacements a step ahead of their opponents.

Kick England and Russia out video

England supporters gather near the old port of Marseille before the match against Russia.

OPINION: Don't think hooliganism may not come to NZ one day.

Why Russia must be banned

Maria Sharapova was banned from tennis for two years after testing positive for the banned metabolic modulator meldonium.

OPINION: If the IAAF votes to ban the Russian athletics team from the Rio Olympics, it won't be enough.

Savea slumps like Lomu video

Julian Savea faces hard work off the field to get back into the All Blacks' first XV.

OPINION: Dropped All Black a genuine specialist, it's either No 11 or his number ones on game day.

Lions fans don't have much hope

Talk about a throttling – Wales flanker Josh Turnbull shows his disappointment after the 40-7 belting from a ...

OPINION: The Chiefs' humiliation of Wales must be making the northern hesmiphere quite nervous.

F1 in Baku 'all for the money'

Formula 1 rips around the streets of Monte Carlo in the Monaco Grand Prix.

OPINION: F1's shift to exotic venues all in a bid to chase dollars in rich countries where flash car dealers are not hard to find.

Sharapova's been dealt an ace video

As well as being outstanding on court, Maria Sharapova has traded on her looks.

OPINION: Groomed since age 4, she's never had a chance to know herself. Now she does.

NZ too Super for UK rugby video

The Chiefs celebrate another try against Wales in their humiliation of the northern power.

The Chiefs' smashing of Wales is a taste of the provincial ambushes awaiting the Lions.

'Embarrassing' but just as mad video

James Lowe of the Chiefs tries to elude Scott Williams of Wales during the tour match at Waikato Stadium.

OPINION: Chiefs humiliation bad enough but Wales should not have been there in the first place.

Reason: Ko's duel in the shadows

Lydia Ko may have come up short but her final round was superb at Sahalee.

OPINION: Epic climax is a taste of what's to come in budding rivalry of teen phenoms.

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