Aotearoa Warriors have signed Blake Green and the winds of change continue to blow an almighty breeze through Mt Smart.
Jeremey Marshall-King is off to ride in his own lane at the Bulldogs and Brad Abbey's gapped the Doggies to be a Raider as the #KiwiNRL transfers get funky.
Aotearoa Warriors have signed Blake Green and the winds of change continue to blow an almighty breeze through Mt Smart.
David Kidwell and his old boys club of selectors got exactly what they deserved, which was exactly not what Aotearoa Kiwis deserved. Hold your heads high kiwi league fans, we deserve better.
It doesn't matter what Shaun Johnson actually is as a rugby league half. All that matters is that he gains some clarity and RLWC knockout footy without his Kiwis buddy Kieran Foran is the fascniating juncture where we'll all suss out SJ7.
Aotearoa lost to Tonga and a few changes have been made for the Kiwis to face Fiji. All good jah, keep it moving and on to a fresh challenge (quarter-final time baby).
Aotearoa Warriors have officially re-signed Albert Vete and this means that there is slightly nek-level depth in the Warriors middle forwards. Chuck all that depth into a pot and call it a boil up.
How can Aotearoa get the W against Tonga this weekend? Stopping Taumalolo, Taukeiaho and Fifita will be crucial, they'll have to hit Tonga's weakest edge as well.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has gone from not even being in the Kiwis RLWC squad, to starting two games and named to start against Tonga. Crazy yarn that, otherwise this Kiwis team to face Tonga is fairly stock-standard.
Aotearoa Warriors have officially signed Agnatius Paasi and if you didn't know by now; we're gonna have a vastly different Warriors team in 2018.
We get the second RLWC Niggly Notebook underway with some rugby league international growth thoughts, then there's analysis on England's win over Lebanon as well as highlight Robbie Farah's edge defence (not good). Oh and WHO IS GARRY LO!?
There are a few changes to the Aotearoa Kiwis team to face Scotland and a few cuzzies are out to demand selection in Aotearoa's top-17. Ol' mate Dave Kidwell's got a few tricky decisions to make.
Aotearoa got their Rugby League World Cup campaign started with a win over Samoa. Plenty to debrief; from Samoa not posing a threat to a Kiwis forward pack dripping with variety.
Kodi Nikorima will partner Shaun Johnson in the halves for Aotearoa Kiwis vs Samoa, there's also some funk in the forward pack with Joseph Tapine sliding out to the edge. Get an Aotearoa Kiwis focus via the Black Book.
Rugby league is slowly laying down some foundations in the Pacific Islands and this goes much deeper than the Rugby League World Cup.
Fa'amanu Brown will move to a new NRL club next season and an opportunity to lead Samoa's play-making shapes as the perfect starting point for a new chapter. Tonga have Ata Hingano and Tuimoala Lolohea who are also looking at a 2018 season full of opportunity, gotta do the job for Tonga first and foremost.
Aotearoa Warriors are revamping their middle forward stocks as the winds of change blow through Mt Smart, so how's that going to impact the low key impressive Tevita Satae?
Aotearoa Kiwis coach David Kidweel doesn't have a specialist edge forward in his RLWC squad, so what's the go there?
The United Soccer League is a second tier American football division, featuring reserve and affiliate teams for almost all of the MLS clubs. Deklan Wynne, Francis De Vries, Myer Bevan, James Musa, Kip Colvey and Bill Tuiloma all played USL in 2017.
He wasn’t supposed to play. The long haul back from Peru with his injury history? No chance, surely. Except that new boss David Moyes has been dealing with some injured centre backs already and frankly he didn’t have much of a choice.
There’s nothing quite like a massive transfer fee to hang over your head like a toilet seat. Especially if you’re being signed by Jose Mourinho, especially if it’s to play for Manchester United, especially if your name is Paul Pogba.
Could it have been different if Chris Wood had been 100%? What about the overly defensive formation to start the second leg? Were a few of those young players a little raw to perform in such circumstances? Or did Rory Fallon not fulfil his leadership duties sufficiently?
Hudson said before the first leg that if the All Whites can still be in the contest coming round the final bend in Lima then they have a plan. Whatever could that plan be? Hmm… there are a few ideas out there.
The All Whites are busy training in Peru and thus the top male leagues are all in an international break but that doesn't meant that the world stops turning. There’s plenty other Flying Kiwis happenings going on
Once upon a time the All Whites went to Bahrain in the first leg of a World Cup playoff and came back with a battling 0-0 draw. The second leg, as they say, was history.
The biggest game of football to be held in Aotearoa in at least the last four years (if not eight, really) is close enough that it’s almost time to pick up that old stained white jersey from the drycleaners.
No reason to panic, The Woodsman was back and swinging his axe on the weekend just like Winnie was. And also like Mr Reid, Woody was equally rusty in his return after missing last week.
It’s the definitive squad of Huddo’s reign. It’s the culmination of everything he’s been building towards – they contracted him ‘til the end of the World Cup campaign for a reason. Okay then, let’s make sense of it all.
We’ve seen more than enough Welly Nix seasons to know that one win can spark a run of four or five… yet right now that one win is acting pretty elusive. Leprechaun levels of elusion.
Its funny, we were all pondering the impending departure of one national team manager and all of a sudden another goes ahead and unexpectedly resigns. Tony Readings has called time on his tenure in charge of the Football Ferns
Stefan Marinovic only really booked his place as the ‘Caps number one about a week ago but he’s already started twice in the knockout stuff, not even conceding a goal in the process. That’s the form we wanna see, mate.
Word on the street is that Anthony Hudson is close to agreeing his first gig of the rest of his career. It’s like the second album test, how do you follow up coaching the mighty All Whites?
Three weeks out from the World Cup qualifying playoffs, it seems like every game involving a New Zealand or Peru player has taken on this extra context now. That context being a simple one: DON’T GET HURT!
Slaven Bilic could lose his job soon. With Crystal Palace and Leicester City already having dumped their managers that leaves West Ham as the next likely candidate… after Ronaldo Koeman at Everton, of course.
Of all the things going on within football in Aotearoa these days, Andy Durante limping off late in the Phoenix’s 3-2 defeat away to Sydney late the other night wasn’t the most immediately memorable.
‘Where All Whites are made’, goes the tagline. Once upon a time that would’ve been more insult than inspiration but in recent times it seems like they might just be onto something.
And here we had it, the game that we’d all been waiting for, a Flying Kiwis Premier League Derby for only the third time in history and Chris Wood’s first experience of such conflicted stakes.
And with that the All Whites will compete for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Peru, over two legs, home and away, in November. Maybe that’s a better prospect than playing Chile or Argentina but Peru didn’t seem too intimidated by the opportunity.
In which everything that's been wrong with OKC's season went wrong again in New Orleans before everything that's been right was oh-so-right again at home to the defending champs.
Thanksgiving is here and the NFL has one more reason to show how much they love America while players expose the hypocrisy of that idea and fans spend lots of money to give the league reason for its bland and ceremonial patriotism.
You could hear the snap from the other side of the TV screen on the other side of the world. Less than six minutes into the season, Gordon Hayward came down hard after trying to challenge for an alley-oop pass from Kyrie Irving.
How long does a bruised calf keep you out of NBA games for? Steven Adams is your test case there, but he bookended the week with typically strong games, leaving damaged bodies in his wake.
The last few Tuesday nighters have been tough to watch but this one looks like an exception. Quality TNF games on both ends? It’s gonna be a looong week.
By the time the clock ran out in Perth on Sunday night, the arguments were over. If you didn’t think the Breakers were the best in show before this weekend then doing the double on a home-away versus the Perth Wildcats had to have sealed the deal.
“I’m not going to lie. That was one of the most embarrassing pregame speeches I’ve ever seen. It wouldn’t have been as bad if his teammates got riled up, but the looks on their faces like, 'What just happened?'"
Perhaps it was some Rick + Morty inspired sci-fi heroics because when Kiwi Steve went all the way up and dunked on Aussie Aron Baynes… woah mate. Dropped the hammer so hard that Baynes is lucky his top knot even survived.
Ah yes, Jimmy G. The NFL’s most handsome backup… or at least he was. He's off to San Francisco and a bunch of other people are off to a bunch of other places and WC's picks are back in hot form.
Steven Adams is going about doing some magical things this season. It’s very early days but he’s teasing career bests in scoring and rebounding while thriving as much as anybody on the roster for the additions of George and Anthony.
It’s not like there weren’t people out there talking this up as a breakout season for Shea Ili. The signs were all there: the performances for Wellington and for the Tall Blacks, the state of the roster, the arc of his career, the faith and trust of Coach Henare… but seriously, how good has he been!?
That’s three wins in a row for the Dolphins now and it may not have been easy against the Jets but they got there thanks to the fourth quarter heroics of… Matt Moore! Plus all that other stuff going on in the NFL - good fun.
The Nets rebuild has started from the ground up, as they all do. They refurbished the front office, hired a new coach and set about dealing away the players they had no use for and developing those that they did.
We're back! And so is Enes Kanter, whose first game since leaving the Thunder was in Oklahoma City against the Thunder... and his Stache Bro mate. Three games in we've already seen Steven Adams filling the box score up like he fills up those jandals of his.
Green Bay Packers fans got to learn how to spell a new word this week because Aaron Rodgers is probably done for the whole season with that broken collarbone. You really can’t overestimate how much of a devastation that is.
Basically everyone who has ever written about basketball for The Niche Cache (and most who read about it) would have grown up during the peak years of the Chicago Bulls. The Michael Jordan years.
The one major debate about the starting five was whether DJ Newbill would get to start ahead of Kirk Penney and which of the pair would therefore be tasked as the sixth man. Turns out it’ll be Penney, no worries.
Week six of the National Football League and the New York Football Jets still have a (slightly) better record than the New England Football Patriots. Probably not for much longer though.
Whisper it quietly but what do the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers all have in common?
The Breakers tip off their new season on Sunday against the Cairns Taipans at Spark Arena. A new season with a blank slate, with refreshed expectations. A new season with three new import players. With a new intake of development players.
Aotearoa's 2nd XI cricketers gathered in Taupo to play the North Island 2nd XI T20 tournament and here's the Domestic Daily's notes, from Willem Ludick to Vishi Jeet and back around to Josh Clarkson and Raja Sandhu.
Tom Latham was a stroppy bugger, Mitchell Santner and Colin de Grandhomme scored runs and there's a splash of funk around that Blackcaps #5 spot in the wash up from the Blackcaps battlers in Plunket Shield.
Despite Derek de Boorder's lapping, Central Districts churned out the perfect batting game and Wellington's batsmen are doing enough. Just enough isn't usually good enough, but for Wellington it's doing the trick nicely.
Wellington's seamers steamed through Canterbury's batting line up, mind you it's a pre-Christmas seamer's paradise out there in Aotearoa.
Some Blackcaps strolled back into Plunket Shield and a whole lot of our Plunket Shield Soldiers were brushed aside as a result. That's not cool, so shout out to the Plunket Shield Soldiers who got cut for round four.
Lockie Ferguson becomes the hottest trend when he's steaming through opposition teams, but this ain't no trend. Ferguson's been doing this for a few years now with the red ball.
George Worker went big on his Plunket Shield return and we all know that he's sniffing around the Blackcaps. Where can he fit in and what format will offer the opportunity?
Central Districts Stags have a batting group churning out runs like the Niche Cache churns out domestic cricket content. Will Young's not in on the funk though and the Stags skipper is knee deep in a slump.
Warren Barnes had Jeet Raval jumping around, Lockie Ferguson had stumps rollin' and Otago's batsmen are in a slump. Get deep into some Plunket Shield funk from Auckland vs Otago (plenty more to come don't buzz).
Aotearoa's White Ferns have moved into their T20 series vs Pakistan and Sophie Devine's still smokin' runs, we look back a the ODI series as well to find a few themes in how the White Ferns are building depth.
NZC ain't making money, they signed a deal with Star Sports though! More shenanigans to digest folks.
Sound the alarm! We've got Test cricket coming to Aotearoa and West Indies have named their squad that will bring Test cricket to Aotearoa. Here's the info, so you know.
Here are a few Plunket Shield cricketers who you are sleeping on; Michael Rae, Will Williams, Ben Horne.
Doug Bracewell's had a nice start to the Plunket Shield, getting his comeback yarn underway. Don't get too crazy though as there's no Test cricket demanding Aotearoa's bowling depth and Bracewell's got to do this for a season.
Purest cricketing shenanigans straight out of the Plunket Shield. Andrew Ellis played but he didn't do much, Jesse Ryder went bonkers with a couple hundies, Wellington keep dominating and other stuff.
Sophie Devine led Aotearoa to a win over Pakistan in their first ODI, doubling as the White Ferns' opening game of a fresh ICC Women's Championship.
Tom Latham slotted into the Blackcaps middle order, creeping on in on big-hitting-all-rounder's turf, Henry Nicholls ain't a certified hitter either. Colin Munro kinda is though and he's got a big ol' kiwi summer ahead of him.
Aotearoa's best cricketers are knocking around in the Plunket Shield and there are a few lads on the fringes who came back from India in sizzling form.