Opinion

Yalden: It's time for Pacquiao vs Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao

NIGEL YALDEN - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Does Manny Pacquiao need to fight Floyd Mayweather Junior? Or does Floyd Mayweather Junior need to fight Manny Pacquiao?

Snook: Sharks the big fish as SA sides struggle

IAN SNOOK - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Which Super Rugby franchise has found itself one of the bottom two teams in the competition an alarming 11 times?

Opinion: Toby Robson's Super Rugby 'Teamtalk'

Colin Slade

OPINION: Toby Robson breaks down the latest Super Rugby games in his own inimitable style.

Reason: Wonder kid’s day will surely come

Jordan Spieth

MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Time seems to move slower for golfing phenom Jordan Spieth. It may be that he's not real, or that America invented him.

Winning the mental battle key for Crusaders

Crusaders

RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: History won't allow the Crusaders to blame jet lag if they flop against the Chiefs on Saturday night.

Mehrtens: Is it time to get out of South Africa?

Willi Heinz

ANDREW MEHRTENS - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: As Super Rugby nears its 20th year Andrew Mehrtens wonders if it's time to ditch South Africa.

Rolling up and down with Ernie Merrick’s men

Wellington Phoenix

SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Forget about a game of two halves, this was a Wellington Phoenix season of distinct thirds.

Awkward Hurricanes buildup for Blues match

rugstrap

TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Mark Hammett's sudden decision to pack his bags at the end of the season had not been a distraction, players say.

Mehrtens: Is it time to get out of South Africa

andrew mehrtens

OPINION: As Super Rugby nears its 20th year, I wonder if it's time to shake things up and maybe take a step back from South Africa.

Romanos: Rich backers not always on money

warriors

JOSEPH ROMANOS - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The history of sports clubs being owned by wealthy backers has not always been a happy one.

Flanagan's Salford role will test NRL's resolve

Shane Flanagan

BRAD WALTER - Sydney Morning Herald

OPINION: How would the NRL react if the suspended Cronulla coach recruited players for the Sharks while in England?

Napier: Auckland, Super City of sporting fails

Auckland

LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: New Zealand's largest city can't seem to harness its seemingly greatest advantage - the vast talent pool.

Offshore pull leaves coaching roles exposed

Chris Boyd

LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Not long ago Vern Cotter, John Plumtree and Joe Schmidt would have been in the mix for the Hurricanes coaching role.

Reason: Players flying feet first into trouble

Jared Payne

MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Last weekend Jared Payne was sent off in the fifth minute of the Heineken Cup quarterfinal between Ulster and Saracens for taking a man out in the air.

Wilson: System must change for coaches' sake

Mark Hammett

JEFF WILSON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: It's easy to blame the coach, but sometimes in New Zealand rugby we should look at the system, says Jeff Wilson.

Gifford: Great Chiefs start, shame about finish

Malakai Fekitoa

PHIL GIFFORD - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Having snatched two draws South Africa, and lost their key playmaker in the process, the Chiefs might have been forgiven for some nerves.

Hay: Damned if they do, damned if they don't

Michael Boxall

DANNY HAY - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: When it comes to international friendly matches, New Zealand Football are damned if they do, damned if they don't.

Strang: Cheer up Warriors fans - could be worse

Eric Watson

BEN STRANG - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The Owen Glenn, Eric Watson saga is bad, but some sports club owners make them look like angels in comparison.

Ifill: Recovery on track but future uncertain

Paul Ifill

PAUL IFILL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: It is a very uncertain time for Phoenix players and even more so for myself, writes Paul Ifill.

Smith: No need for more dough for Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko

TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: NZ Golf's application for a bigger government handout for Lydia Ko the pro should spark a serious debate.

Robson: Canes coaching successor is close by

Chris Boyd

OPINION: In the wake of Mark Hammett's planned departure, Chris Boyd appeals is the logical choice to take over.

McLean: Hammett true to form does it his way

Mark Hammett

GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Outgoing Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has never stuck to the conventional path. Not that of your stereotypical NZ coach.

Worthington: NZ Football should look to 'Arnie'

Graham Arnold

SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: New Zealand Football should open its chequebook and do everything in its power to land Graham Arnold.

Knowler: Slack defence aids Crusaders chances

Matt Todd

RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: A boisterous party followed the Crusaders' last win in Bloemfontein in 2007 without their All Blacks stars.

Snook: Loss of Cruden huge setback for Chiefs

Cruden

IAN SNOOK - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Don't be fooled. The Chiefs will miss Aaron Cruden big time over the next six weeks.

Opinion: Toby Robson's Super Rugby 'Teamtalk'

Tim Nanai-Williams

OPINION: Fairfax Media rugby writer Toby Robson analyses the week of Super Rugby in 'Teamtalk'.

Reason: Grand finish for doctor who dreamed

Pineau De Re

MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The National is the people's race when everyone has a punt, the jumping equivalent of the Melbourne Cup.

Stateside: NBA's best team in for tough ride

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs

PHIL HAMILTON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Once again the San Antonio Spurs look the best team in the NBA but the conference system is set to seriously hamper their chances.

Mehrtens: Chiefs forced to hand over the keys

Aaron Cruden

ANDREW MEHRTENS - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Much as the All Blacks had to learn to live without Dan Carter, the Chiefs now have to find a way to thrive without Aaron Cruden.

Long: The players let loyal Matt Elliott down

Matt Elliott

DAVID LONG - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: It is ironic that Matt Elliott's biggest fault of showing too much loyalty led to the Warriors putting his head on the block.

Hay: Dragging the New Zealand Football anchor

Andy Martin

DANNY HAY - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: If NZ Football boss Andy Martin wondered why the organisation struggles for credibility, the past few days will have given him some clarity.

Wilson: A month to earn an All Black jersey

Ben Smith

JEFF WILSON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: So far this Super Rugby season I'm not sure there's one player who has put his hand up and demanded to be promoted into the All Blacks.

Gifford: Players who will shape teams' destiny

Bryn Hall

PHIL GIFFORD - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Here are the men on whom I believe the New Zealand sides will rise or fall.

Reason: Scalpel won't beat Tiger Woods' bogey

Tiger Woods

MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: On behalf of all middle-aged athletes, I would like to thank Tiger Woods for making us feel almost young again.

Ifill: Signs point to Adelaide, Brisbane in final

Paul Ifill

PAUL IFILL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Open contests make winners and there's much of this to look forward to in the A-League and EPL.

Nigel Yalden: Summer not spoiled by Twenty20

Brendon McCullum

NIGEL YALDEN - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Don't let the Black Caps' capitulation in Chittagong change your mind of what you know to be true.

Knowler: Guildford's zip missed but it's his fault

Zac Guildford

RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Most frustrating thing about Guildford's disappearance is it comes as the Crusaders backline struggles.

Reason: Shot in the arm for pretty dull sport

Jacko Gill

MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: It's odd how in NZ we like watching large people lobbing heavy spheroids, Mark Reason says.

Mehrtens: Blues build on back of brute force

Highlanders v Blues

ANDREW MEHRTENS - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: This is hard to say as a Christchurch boy but I found myself becoming a bit of a Blues fan at the weekend.

Hamilton: A wide open field for the Masters

Adam Scott

PHIL HAMILTON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: April in America means azaleas and the unctuous tones of Jim Nantz. Yes, it's Masters time.

Life's no picnic on the streets of Chittagong

Bangladesh

HAMISH BIDWELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: You see a lot of things in Chittagong. Plenty of people with feet, but not legs. Legs, but not feet.

Toss crucial for Black Caps against Sri Lanka

Brendon McCullum

HAMISH BIDWELL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: If Sri Lanka ask New Zealand to bat in tomorrow morning's final Group 1 match, don't bother watching.

Tony Kemp: Warriors must sign Benji Marshall

Benji Marshall

TONY KEMP - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The bench is no place for a player of Benji Marshall's calibre. It might be time for him to cut his losses.

Reason: Future of rugby is red, white and blue

USA flag

MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Mark Reason says the game's true international future lies in the hands of the United States.

Wilson: Competition is Super tight this year

Crusaders vs Hurricanes

JEFF WILSON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: If we were looking for a game to ignite the Super Rugby season, the Hurricanes' upset of the Crusaders did it.

Gifford: Loner versus one of the boys in rivalry

shotput

PHIL GIFFORD - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: The Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill rivalry has everything. Town versus country. Old school versus 21st century techno.

Hay: Merrick-ulous Phoenix revival unlikely

Ernie Merrick

DANNY HAY - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Today the Wellington Phoenix drink in the A-League's last chance saloon against Adelaide United.

Bidwell: Dodgy driving on Highway from Hell

Shane Warne

HAMISH BIDWELL IN BANGLADESH - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: It's not nice having people laugh at you. Especially when you first meet them.

Yalden: Why professional men's golf now sucks

Golf ball sits on the edge of hole.

NIGEL YALDEN - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Sorry if the bluntness or language offends, but it's the truth: professional men's golf sucks.

Ifill: No letup for struggling Wellington Phoenix

Paul Ifill

PAUL IFILL - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Many people say Phoenix are gone after their 5-0 loss in Newcastle, but there's a chance.
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