Short Passes 30 November – rugby news and happenings

Above: Two months on from club rugby Finals Day, but only three months before pre-season is in full swing!  UPDATED: Congratulations to Hawke’s Bay (Championship) and Tasman (Premiership) for winning this year’s National Provincial Championship titles. The 15s rugby season is just about over in New Zealand, with just this coming weekend’s

Aisle be Back – No panicking after back-to-back losses

By Kevin McCarthy They’re in those history books now, to borrow Jeff Wilson’s phrase after the 1996 toppling of the Boks in South Africa. Of course, the history is Argentina defeating the All Blacks for the first time. Which let’s face it, is overdue. They probably should have broken the duck

Aisle be Back: Bledisloe #4 in Brisbane

By Kevin McCarthy He is of course one of those players who was marked down at an early stage as a potential Rolls Royce, but sadly with a Ford Escort engine.Let’s try this experiment. Treat Akira Ioane as if you’ve never seen him before, when he starts his first test