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  • Beauden Barrett confirmed to captain All Blacks against Barbarians

    2 November 2017 4:01 AM 119

    There's been plenty of hype surrounding Aumua, ever since his barnstorming performances at the Under-20 World Championship earlier this year, but Hansen's trying to keep a lid on expectations for the exciting hooker. "If we're being honest, he's probably overwhelmed by it all. There's a lot that we've got to help him with, and we'll do that nice and slowly

  • All Blacks team named for match against Barbarians

    2 November 2017 4:01 AM 132

    The All Blacks team has been named to play the Barbarians in the opening match of the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour at Twickenham on Saturday 4 November. First five-eighth Beauden Barrett will captain the All Blacks for the first time, while three new All Blacks, hooker Asafo Aumua, prop Tim Perry and outside back Matt Duffie have been named on the reserves

  • Fresh violence erupts between league fans

    2 November 2017 2:27 AM 113

    Fresh violence has erupted overnight between Samoan and Tongan rugby league fans. Opposing fans in South Auckland squared off again last night in vicious street brawls - ignoring pleas for peace ahead of this weekend's Rugby League World Cup grudge match in Hamilton. The violence escalated dramatically after a photo of a young man burning the Samoan

  • Hayne to quit Titans

    1 November 2017 10:54 PM 110

    The Daily Telegraph reports his agent Wayne Beavis has notified the Gold Coast their star fullback wants out. The 29-year-old joined the club mid-way through the 2016 season on about $1.2 million a year and is contracted for 2018. His rift with former coach Neil Henry contributed to the mentor’s sacking before the appointment of new coach Garth Brennan

  • Former All Whites striker Jeremy Brockie nominated for Africa's player of the year award

    1 November 2017 7:56 PM 96

    Fringe All Whites striker Jeremy Brockie has been nominated for African Player of the Year after his outstanding season for South Africa's SuperSport United. The 30-year-old has been the leading light for his the Johannesburg club, notching 20 goals last season to earn a place on the list of nominees who play their football in Africa. The former Wellington

  • World Cup-winner Nehra calls it a day

    1 November 2017 6:34 PM 115

    World Cup-winning fast bowler Ashish Nehra ended his career with India's Twenty20 win over New Zealand on Wednesday. Now 38, Nehra bid farewell at his home Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi after not being part of the team for a T20 series against Australia last month. The left-arm quick had been in and out of skipper Virat Kohli's T20 plans in recent

  • NZ thumped in first T20

    1 November 2017 6:29 PM 102

    Three New Zealand dropped catches and a record Indian opening partnership saw the hosts triumph by 53 runs in the opening Twenty20 cricket international at Delhi. India's 202 for three was the highest total in five T20Is at the venue; the visitors' batting fizzled under the pressure to finish at 149 for eight. The Black Caps were left reeling at 18 for two after

  • 'My body will be at peace'

    1 November 2017 6:29 PM 110

    Sanjay Manjrekar: It's nice after retirement when you can take a lap of the ground, walking. You don't have to run anymore and train for your next game. Ashish Nehra: I will miss all this. That's what you train for. Like I have said earlier also, the one thing which will definitely be at peace and relaxed will be my body, because I really pushed myself

  • Monty Betham: Mass brawl 'not good at all' for league

    1 November 2017 5:53 PM 92

    Tongan and Samoan fans clashed in south Auckland on Tuesday night over the Rugby League World Cup. The competition has ignited tensions between the two communities, with four people being arrested after an incident in Otahuhu. Former Kiwis and Samoa player Monty Betham said people are right to be excited about Saturday's game. But he told Mike Hosking

  • India canter to 53-run win, break NZ jinx to go 1-0 ahead

    1 November 2017 5:03 PM 100

    NEW DELHI: India finally tasted success against the team that has been their Achilles heel for long in this format when they outplayed butter-fingered New Zealand by 53 runs in the first Twenty20 International here tonight. At the end of the lopsided game that was also veteran seamer Ashish Nehra's last in competitive cricket, hosts India sauntered to a 1-0 lead in the three-match