Opinion

Rugby still doesn't get it

Losi Filipo, right, was discharged without a conviction after a violent assault on four people in Wellington in 2015.

OPINION: Rugby needs its own rehabilitation, starting with meaningful suspensions for those who commit violent crimes.

English football at rock bottom

Sam Allardyce lasted just one game as England manager.

OPINION: Allardyce's resignation and humiliation at Euro 2016 show national sport is in crisis.

Rugby's bad behaviour tolerance video

Losi Filipo (right) isn't the only one who has been in trouble during Steve Tew's time as NZ Rugby boss.

OPINION: Steve Tew says NZ Rugby don't tolerate bad behaviour. Is this true?

Filipo falls on sword amid outrage video

Losi Filipo on the charge for Wellington against Canterbury, in Christchurch in August.

OPINION: A resignation, an apology, yet it's going to take time to reconstruct four damaged lives.

Reason: Time's up for Guppy video

Martin Guptill, pictured playing a shot in the first test, is just not good enough to play test cricket.

OPINION: Black Caps opener has sub-continent experience, and it's nearly all bad.

NZ can't stage NRL grand final

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 05:  Sam Burgess, Greg Inglis and Dylan Walker of the Rabbitohs pose with the trophy in ...

OPINION: Holding a NRL grand final between two Australian clubs in NZ 'wouldn't be fair on fans'.

Could Christchurch host a Winter Olympics?

Switzerland's Virginie Faivre performs a jump during the women's freestyle skiing halfpipe finals at the 2014 Sochi ...

OPINION: Economist Dr Greg Clydesdale says we need more information to decide if hosting a Winter Olympics would be feasible.

Reason: Blue-collar Arnie and his Tintin quiff video

Arnold Palmer smashed the ball with a terrible fury.

OPINION: You can breeze into any American bar and order an Arnold Palmer. That is fame.

Don't count out charity boxing video

Sam Sachdeva (right) takes on his opponent during the Fight for Christchurch boxing bout in 2011.

OPINION: I've punched someone hard at charity boxing. It's a sport that shouldn't be banned.

Maloney magic no coincidence

Cronulla Sharks half James Maloney dives over for a try in the NRL semifinals.

OPINION: Once a Warrior, now a Shark, James Maloney in elite company with a NRL grand final three-peat.

Gifford: ABs boast 30 McCaws

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw had a "big diesel engine". "He could just go all day at a reasonable pace. He ...

OPINION: How many Richie McCaws can one team have? A whole squad, if they're fit like the ABs.

Zavos: Need for Macqueen

Rod Macqueen talks with his captain John Eales and vice captain George Gregan before the Wallabies series-levelling win ...

OPINION: The Wallabies need 1999 World Cup-winning coach Rod Macqueen to bridge gap on All Blacks.

America has to win the Ryder Cup

The Americans don't want to watch the likes of Martin Kaymer, pictured at Gleneagles in 2014, celebrating at the Ryder Cup.

OPINION: The longer Europe's dominance in the biennial showpiece continues, the greater the risk of US golf fans losing interest altogether, writes Oliver Brown.

Warriors taking big chance on Foran

It wasn't just mentally where things broke down for Kieran Foran at Parramatta this year.

OPINION: People are too quick to acclaim the Kieran Foran signing.

Foran signing prompts dilemma

Tuimoala Lolohea's future may lie elsewhere after the Warriors signed Kieran Foran.

OPINION: With Kieran Foran on board, the Warriors need to decide Tuimoala Lolohea's future, writes David Long.

Foran waits on NRL order

Kieran Foran won't end his friendship with controversial gambler until told to do so by the NRL.

OPINION: Troubled NRL star ready to cut ties with controversial Aussie gambler - when NRL demands it,writes Andrew Webster.

Sanzaar finger jammed in door

Sanzaar's failure with the Sunwolves has been abject, says Paul Cully.

OPINION: Sanzaar's global expansion zeal makes Super Rugby less loveable, writes Paul Cully.

Can Kearney save the Warriors?

Can Stephen Kearney lead the Warriors to NRL success?

OPINION: Stephen Kearney has won titles with the Kiwis, but will he lead the Warriors to success?

Golf is losing its marbles

Rory McIlroy will be among those playing for the US$10 million payday at the FedEx Cup finale.

OPINION: It is strange world where US$10 million means so little to those playing for it or those watching, writes James Corrigan.

Punt on Wallabies and women

Israel Folau's stocks have dipped this season.

OPINION: Buy your shares in the ordinary Wallabies, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Delicate duo can banish demons

Former England player Graeme Hick will coach Australia's batsmen in their Ashes clash with his old team.

OPINION: Graeme Hick and Mark Ramprakash are perfect for role of sporting exorcist, writes Simon Briggs.

All Blacks no risk takers

Jerome Kaino's inclusion in the All Blacks' squad for the South African leg of their tour shows that getting to 18 ...

OPINION: James Broadhurst's brutal introduction to test rugby is a reminder not to get too clever.

Gould: Sharks time run to perfection

The Sharks have exciting players like Ben Barba who can break a game open.

OPINION: Fresh Sharks ready to feast on tired Cowboys in NRL semifinals.

Season defining nine-days for Stags

Southland Stags player Jimmy Cowan yells instructions to his team mates in the scrum.

OPINION: The next nine-days are season defining as the Southland Stags aim to keep their NPC rugby season alive.

Sanzaar serves up same slop video

Lock Sam Whitelock looks to offload during the Crusaders' match against the Brumbies in Canberra this year. The two ...

OPINION: The Crusaders, like the other 17 teams, have to just lump it. There's no leaving it in 2017.

Reason: Playing the Dane

Dane Coles, pictured getting a pass away in Faf de Klerk's tackle, is a throwback to a time when hookers were little men ...

OPINION: All Blacks No 2 is rugby's answer to a league hooker like Cameron Smith.

Squeaky bum or awesome ABs?

All Blacks captain Kieran Read holds up the Freedom Cup following the Rugby Championship victory over South Africa.

The All Blacks' dominance is incredible, but wouldn't it be better if the matches were close?

Homophobic rant crosses line video

Answering all the questions: Eddie Hayson at his press conference on Thursday.

OPINION: I'm a league writer and I'm gay. I'm calling out Eddie Hayson as a bigot.

Let's put our faith in Kearney and McFadden

Vodafone Warriors player of the year Simon Mannering with CEO Jim Doyle and Owner and Chairman Eric Watson.
Vodafone ...

What a time it was for league last week. I was at the 2016 New Zealand Warriors Awards and it was a terrific night.

ABs 'mix of talent, humility'

Julian Savea scores his career-first try against  South Africa in Christchurch on Saturday night.

OPINION: These All Blacks respect the past but are writing their own legacy, writes Phil Gifford.

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