McKenzie a class act

Marty McKenzie

OPINION: Marty McKenzie's selection at first-five eighth might herald a newcomer of the highest quality for Taranaki.

Matfield still one of the best

Victor Matfield

OPINION: You can calibrate his height, but it's surely impossible to measure just how big a man the Springboks legendary lock is.

Springboks a real threat

Cornal Hendricks

OPINION: ABs march on undefeated but South Africa demonstrated they are big-time World Cup threats.

McCaw to the fore again

Richie McCaw

OPINION: There is little more that can be said of Richie McCaw that has not already been printed, broadcast or televised.

Boks must pick on merit

Cornal Hendricks

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: The South African Rugby Union's philosophy should be to develop players of all colours, writes Jeff Wilson.

NZ risking losing Barrett

Beauden Barrett

IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: With Beauden Barrett not selected to start in the test match against South Africa, perhaps his mind could wander off.

Referees a blight on game

Richie McCaw


OPINION: Why does rugby have the worst standard of international refereeing?

The heat is on at IRB

George Clancy


OPINION: Horrible calls confirm standard of international refereeing is in freefall.

NZ needs the NPC

Empty seats

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: As the gap between Super Rugby and our provincial comp widens, crowds are dwindling, yet it remains a very valuable pathway.

Why the ABs are so good

Conrad Smith

PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Why does New Zealand rugby continue to defy the odds and remain the world benchmark for success.

Demanding accountability

Charlie Faumuina


OPINION: Steve Hansen got his slingshot, imagined Charlie Faumuina had a bull's eye on his forehead and fired a rock just below the hairline.

SBW vs Sam Burgess

Sonny Bill Williams, right, Sam Burgess


OPINION: It's early days but I know which guy I would be on to make a better fist of the role at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Smith better suited out wide

Ben Smith


OPINION: Star utility is a better wing, while Israel Dagg deserves the nod at fullback for All Blacks.

Tough for smaller nations



OPINION: If ever replacement rule made a mockery of the game, the second Pumas-Springboks test was it.

ABs' aura gone? Yeah, right

All Blacks

PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: If the All Blacks and their coaches haven't shut up their critics by now, you wonder what will it take.

McCaw shows he's still got it

Richie McCaw

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: After Richie McCaw's display at Eden Park against the Wallabies, surely his critics will have learned to zip it.

Nonu is still the first-choice No 12

Ma'a Nonu


OPINION: While Sonny Bill Williams is a talented athlete, Ma'a Nonu remains New Zealand's best option at second-five.

NPC serves its purpose

JACOB PAGE - The Timaru Herald

OPINION: The NPC competition may be losing some of its glory but the competition is still serving its main purpose of blooding players.

Only catering can stop ABs

All Blacks 1995

OPINION: Optimisim for the Wallabies might be forlorn as depth and talent ought to push ABs to WC glory in 2015.

'Ugly' win still a win

Scott Eade

SCOTT EADE - The Southland Times

OPINION: Despite the nail-biting finish many had to endure watching last week's match, the team was more than happy to come away with four points.

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