Opinion

Super 'Nearly Men' eye final step

New coach Scott Robertson has the Crusaders back in a familiar place, contending for an eighth Super Rugby title.

OPINION: Don't call 'em chokers, but it's been a while since the Crusaders lifted the trophy, writes Marc Hinton.

How do the Black Sox rate?

If Joel Evans was an All Black he'd be a national sporting hero for his grand slam home run which clinched the Black ...

OPINION: Our writers debate whether the seven-time world champion Black Sox receive enough plaudits.

Only one blue in NZ Super Rugby

Hands on hips characterised the end of the Blues disappointing season.

OPINION: Playoff appearances mark another year of success for the Kiwi teams, just not the Blues.

Perils of all-out attack

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was not happy when dismissed for 18 runs in the second test against the Proteas.

OPINION: Gung-ho batting only works against mediocre teams on flat wickets, Michael Vaughan writes.

Pick on character, not characters

Josh Dugan, left, and Blake Ferguson are very talented, but seemingly incapable of the discipline required to excel in ...

OPINION: Pick men who want to bleed for the Origin cause, not just the best players, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Pub pair should cop blame

Josh Dugan tested the patience of NSW management with his drinking earlier in the Origin series, before his infamous ...

OPINION: Another Dugan and Ferguson drinking sideshow is no surprise, considering past form.

Stick with SBW - for now

Sonny Bill Williams breaks a tackle in the first test against the British and Irish Lions.

OPINION: Despite that red card SBW's underlying form was improving, writes Paul Cully.

Hot topics: The finals breakdown

Jordie Barrett showed his class with the way he slotted into centre for the Hurricanes.

OPINION: Jordie Barrett has the chance to cement his place as Super Rugby player of the year, writes Marc Hinton.

England players too gung-ho

Jonny Bairstow's batting approach is symptomatic of the problems facing England, writes Geoff Boycott.

OPINION: England blunder with their roller-coaster approach and get thrashed, writes former opening bat Geoff Boycott.

Reason: Super Rugby sadly back

Jerome Kaino cost the Blues the game on Saturday with his yellow card for a high tackle, just as he cost the All Blacks ...

OPINION: Return reminds us what a joy the Lions series was, and shows the value of top reffing.

Crusaders and the mind games

Kieran Read will lead from the front when the Crusaders play their first Super Rugby playoffs match against the ...

OPINION: Old heads in team could prove crucial in Super Rugby playoffs, writes Richard Knowler.

The trouble with trash talk

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have traded puerile insults like a badly-rehearsed episode of Jerry Springer.

OPINION: Money doesn't buy you style, class or a vocabulary, writes Andrew Webster.

Ben Smith's win for rugby cattle

Ben Smith is set to take a well deserved few months away from the rigours of international rugby.

OPINION: Giving a well-rested Ben Smith even more time off might seem odd, but it's a big win in a vast war.

Now is Foran's time to lead

Kieran Foran still has time to shape the Warriors in his image.

OPINION: Shaun Johnson might be out for the season, but he was taking the Warriors nowhere this year anyway.

Federer's the GOAT video

Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after another Wimbledon win.

OPINION: Win or lose the Wimbledon final, the Swiss maestro has again proved he's the greatest.

The fallout continues

Parallels have been drawn between the final test match between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions parallels and ...

OPINION: Last Saturday's test score has drawn the wrath of experts and critics alike.

Super Rugby's last roll of the dice

Israel Folau and the Waratahs lost to Argentina's Jaguares last weekend in a match that highlighted the many problems ...

OPINION: The question must be asked: has Super Rugby run its course, writes Paul Cully.

Message to Crusaders: win

Crusaders loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett makes a run against the Lions during the quarterfinal match in Johannesburg last ...

OPINION: The Crusaders hopes of winning the Super Rugby title could rely on one thing. Beating the Hurricanes in Wellington.

It's time for Laurie Daley to go

Blues legend Andrew Johns needs to come out of  the commentary box to take over coaching New South Wales.

OPINION: Two NSW legends can make Origin fun again for the Blues, writes Andrew Webster.

ABs' aura of invincibility gone

All Blacks captain Kieran Read and Lions captain Sam Warburton share a moment late in the third test at Eden Park.

OPINION: The All Blacks might have passed high noon as Lions show the way, writes Peter FitzSimons.

Has Super Rugby been missed?

The British and Irish Lions gave New Zealand fans a welcome break from Super Rugby.

OPINION: Are interest levels still high, or has Super Rugby lost its lustre?

NSW join legion of cursed

Andrew Fifita hangs his head after another July defeat for New South Wales in State of Origin.

OPINION: Blues sit alongside Cubs, Netherlands and Greg Norman in locker room of the damned, writes Malcolm Knox.

Who deserved to win?

The imperialists are desperate to finish off the colonials at any cost, writes Peter Lampp. Pictured, All Black captain ...

OPINION: The Lions are desperate to finish off the All Blacks at any cost.

Five players who can boost the ABs

All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett scores a try against the Lions on Saturday.

OPINION: These players could make the difference at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, writes Paul Cully.

NZ netball comp being left behind

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is leaving the Southern Steel after five seasons for Australia's domestic netball league.

OPINION: Is Netball New Zealand's national premiership already in early trouble after one season?

Do we still care about the America's Cup?

Cas Carter: We need to do some serious marketing to keep the interest going.

OPINION: There's a big marketing job to be done - we'll need to appeal to Kiwi hearts and minds the way Sir Peter did.

Playing the blame game

All Black Ngani Laumape dives to score a try during the test match against the British & Irish Lions on Saturday.

OPINION: The referee didn't give the All Blacks butterfingers.

Best of British (and Irish) to you

All Black captain Kieran Read and Lions captain Sam Warburton pose with the series trophy.

God forbid the Lions concept is ever shelved, its at the core of what many love about sport, says Kevin Norquay.

All Blacks short of the mark

Lions' Sean O'Brien grabs for Brodie Retallick.

OPINION: After a less than stellar series, Marc Hinton runs the rule over the NZ effort.

Time for NZ Rugby to act

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland proved a few points to his detractors following the 15-all draw with the ...

OPINION: NZ Rugby to take off the blinkers after Warren Gatland opened up many Kiwi rugby fans' eyes.

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