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Richie McCaw satisfied with Tuqiri’s apology

August 24th, 2006

All Black captain Richie McCaw has accepted Lote Tuqiri’s letter of apology for last Saturday’s spear tackle.

Tuqiri was suspended for five matches by a Sanzar judicial panel , but he will only miss one test - the Wallabies’ final Tri-Nations match against South Africa in Johannesburg on September 9.

Tuqiri’s letter of apology was delivered to the All Blacks’ Auckland hotel before the team departed for South Africa early on Sunday.


All Blacks seal the Tri-Nations with a late try over Australia

August 19th, 2006

Lock Chris Jack and centre Luke McAlister both scored late tries to hand New Zealand a 34-27 victory over Australia on Saturday. The win gives New Zealand it’s seventh Tri-Nations title.

The Wallabies lead 20 points to 11 at half time.

New Zealand: Tries: Jason Eaton (35), Chris Jack (63), Luke McAlister (68); Conversions: Daniel Carter (64,69); Penalty Goals: Daniel Carter (5,20,47,52,80)

Australia: Tries: Lote Tuqiri (25,72), Rocky Elsom (39); Conversions: Stirling Mortlock (26,40,73); Penalty Goals: Stirling Mortlock (2,16)


All Blacks name team to play Australia

August 16th, 2006

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has named his team to play Australia in their Tri-Nations match in Auckland on Saturday. The main change is utility back Isaia Toeava starting at centre. With Mils Muliaina returning to fullback to make way for Toeava.

Team: 15-Mils Muliaina; 14-Doug Howlett, 13-Isaia Toeava, 12-Aaron Mauger, 11-Joe Rokocoko; 10-Dan Carter, 9-Byron Kelleher; 8-Rodney So’oialo, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Jerry Collins, 5-Jason Eaton, 4-Chris Jack, 3-Carl Hayman, 2-Keven Mealamu, 1-Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16-Andrew Hore, 17-Greg Somerville, 18-Ali Williams, 19-Chris Masoe, 20-Piri Weepu, 21-Luke McAlister, 22-Leon MacDonald.


Graham Henry to coach All Blacks until 2007

May 6th, 2005

All Black coach Graham Henry and assistants Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen have had their contracts extended until the 2007 World Cup.

The three were originally signed up until the end of the 2005 season, but the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) announced today they had agreed to extend their contracts.

NZRU chairman Jock Hobbs announce extension in a statement also said the board had been highly impressed by the three coaches since their appointment in 2004.

“The Board has been delighted with the work of the coaching team, not only in terms of the All Blacks on-field results, but also in terms of the amount of effort that they have put into improving the high performance environment in New Zealand rugby,” Hobbs said.

This move will give some certainty to Henry, as the three most recent All Black coaches haven’t lasted longer than two years.


Jonathan Kaplan to referee final Lions test

April 24th, 2005

South African referee Jonathan Kaplan has been appointed to referee third test between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand on July 9. Kaplan was criticised by England coach Andy Robinson for his performance officating the 6 Nations match between Ireland and England.

Australia referee Stuart Dickinson will take control of the Lions’ warm up match against Argentina at Cardiff on 23 May.

French referee Joel Jutge will be in charge of the first test in Christchurch on June 25, Australian Andrew Cole has be selected for the second test in Wellington on July 2.


British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2005 Fixtures

February 12th, 2005

The fixtures list of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand has been released.

The Lions side will be coached by Sir Clive Woodward.

The Lions will play ten matches in total, made up of three test matches against the All Blacks, one match against the New Zealand Maori team and six matches against NPC teams. The kick off times for the tour games haven’t been set yet, but will likely be at night time.

Update: A further match against the Auckland NPC side has been added on the 5 July. Which brings the total number of matches to eleven.

British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2005 Fixtures

4 June 2005 - Bay of Plenty Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

8 June 2005 - Taranaki Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

11 June 2005 - NZ Maori Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

15 June 2005 - Wellington Westpac Stadium, Wellington

18 June 2005 - Otago Carisbrook, Dunedin

21 June 2005 - Southland Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill

25 June 2005 - All Blacks Jade Stadium, Christchurch

28 June 2005 - Manawatu Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North

2 July 2005 - All Blacks Westpac Stadium, Wellington

5 July 2005 - Auckland Eden Park, Auckland

9 July 2005 - All Blacks Eden Park, Auckland


Tri Nations schedule for 2005

November 30th, 2004

Sanzar have released the schedule for the 2005 Tri Nations.

Tri Nations champions South Africa will kick off the competition at home with a game against Australia on July 30. Followed then by a game against New Zealand.

Next Australia host two matches at home. New Zealand host the final two games.

Draw works out best for Australia, who start of with a game in South Africa. Then have a two week break before their two home games. And another two week break before travelling to New Zealand to play their final game.

Tri-Nations schedule for 2005

July 30: South Africa vs Australia, Securicor Loftus, Pretoria, kick-off 15:00 (13:00 UTC)
August 6: South Africa vs New Zealand, Newlands, Cape Town, kick-off 15:00 (13:00 UTC)
August 13: Australia vs New Zealand, Telstra Stadium, Sydney, kick-off 17:00 (04:00 UTC)
August 20: Australia vs South Africa, Subiaco Oval, Perth,
August 27: New Zealand vs South Africa, Carisbrook, Dunedin,
September 3: New Zealand vs Australia, Eden Park, Auckland,


All Black 2004 end of year tour squad

October 26th, 2004

The All Black squad to tour Europe in November and December 2004 has been announced. No real big surprises. The disappointing thing is that no players were selected from NPC semi-finalists Taranaki or Bay of Blenty.

Fullback - Mils Muliaina (Auk)
Wings - Doug Howlett,(Auk) Joe Rokocoko(Auk), Rico Gear(NthHb)
Centres - Ma’a Nonu(Wgtn), Conrad Smith(Wgtn), Casey Laulala(Can)
2nd Fives - Tana Umaga(Wgtn)(C), Aaron Mauger(Can)
1st Fives - Daniel Carter(Can), Luke McAlister(NthHbr)
Halfbacks - Byron Kelleher(Wai), Jimmy Cowan(Sth), Piri Weepu(Wgtn)
#8 - Moses Tuiali’i(Auk), Stephen Bates(Wai), Rodney So’oialo(Wgtn)
#7 - Richie McCaw(Can)(VC), Marty Holah(Wai),
#6 - Jerry Collins(Wgtn), Jerome Kaino(Auk)
Locks - Chris Jack(Can), Norm Maxwell(Can), Ali Williams(Auk), Jono
Gibbes(Wai),
Hooker - Anton Oliver(Ota), Corey Flynn(Can), Keven Mealamu(Auk)
Prop - Carl Hayman(Ota), Greg Somerville(Can),Tony Woodcock(NthHbr), Saimone
Taumoepeau(Auk)


Boks beat Blacks 40 - 26

August 14th, 2004

In the fifth game of the 2004 Tri nations series, South Africa defeated New Zealand 40 points to 26.

South Africa - Tries: Marius Joubert (3), Breyton Paulse, Jean de Villiers; Conversions: Percy Montgomery (3); Penalties: Montgomery (3)

New Zealand - Tries: Mils Muliaina, Joe Rokocoko; Conversions: Andrew Mehrtens (2); Penalties: Mehrtens (4)


Preview: Australia vs New Zealand

August 4th, 2004

On Saturday the Wallabies host the All Blacks for the fourth match of the 2004 Tri nations series.

For New Zealand, blind side flanker Jono Gibbs returns from injury. The others changes are lock Ali Williams replaces Simon Maling in the starting lineout. While Carl Hayman returns at tighthead prop in place of Greg Somerville who was selected just for the South African game two weeks ago.

All Black lock Keith Robinson was set to make a return this week but tore a calve muscle in match for his province Waikato.

Australia: Chris Latham; Clyde Rathbone, Stirling Mortlock, Matt Giteau, Lote Tuqiri; Stephen Larkham, George Gregan (captain); David Lyons, Phil Waugh, George Smith, Nathan Sharpe, Justin Harrison, Al Baxter, Brendan Cannon, Bill Young.

Replacements: Jeremy Paul, Matt Dunning, Dan Vickerman, John Roe, Chris Whitaker, Matthew Burke, Wendell Sailor.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga (captain), Daniel Carter, Joe Rokocoko, Carlos Spencer, Justin Marshall; Xavier Rush, Marty Holah, Jono Gibbes, Ali Williams, Chris Jack, Carl Hayman, Keven Mealamu, Kees Meeuws.

Replacements: Andrew Hore, Greg Somerville, Mose Tuiali’i, Craig Newby, Byron Kelleher, Andrew Mehrtens, Sam Tuitupou.