Exactly what we’ve been waiting to hear, gotta love it. And who, you may ask, is this new manager? Yeah that’s the thing… they’re not saying.
What do the Warriors gain by holding Tuimoala Lolohea captive? Not a whole lot.
Maybe the Warriors are terrible, maybe the Warriors will make the top-eight. We've got no idea and it's rather confusing, so the Diggity Doc dives deep (real deep) into these murky waters to suss it all out.
Russell Packer has been there before, we've all been there before with these Warriors. What happens from this point, surely they can't hit level 5?
Bunty Afoa will try tidy up the middle of the field for the Warriors as they face a hefty Dragons forward pack in Hamilton. And is the Warriors spine suffering an Anzac Test hangover?
Joseph Tapine and three other forwards from Wellington will head up north for our Niche Cache Rugby League Camp.
Sio Siua Taukeiaho is back to his best for the Roosters, while Jason Taumalolo is far from his best for the Cowboys. We've also got Brandon Smith getting a wee looksie at Melbourne's extended bench.
Gold Coast Titans are on a cheeky win-streak and obviously Konrad Hurrell is playing his part with his standard beastly carries, also with some hard work though.
The Niche Cache is taking responsibility for Aotearoa rugby league and the development of Pacific Islands rugby league by inviting a select few to join us on a camp up in Aotearoa's naughty Northland. Here's the backs...
The Warriors couldn't handle the wave of Penrith's funky footy and got smoked in the second half. No dramas, just note the blip on the radar and keep the season moving along.
Apparently Simon Mannering won't play against Penrith. All good baby-baby!
Tohu Harris is back for Melbourne Storm while Taane Milne slides on to the wing for St. George Dragons, fresh after reppin' Fiji against Tonga.
Tuimoala Lolohea isn't the only lad who is out of favour with Stephen Kearney as Albert Vete's been coolin' in reserve grade ever since Kearney swung the axe.
What does it mean for Aotearoa Kiwis now that Kevin Proctor and Jesse Bromwich take a six-month trip to the naughty chair?
Australia gave Aotearoa another almighty touch up in Canberra and there's a few shenanigans floating around on the periphery as well.
Tuimoala Lolohea will be in the shop window as he'll start in the halves for Tonga. We've got plenty more funky notes to absorb before a big ol' Saturday of international footy.
Kodi Nikorima will come off the bench to spark Aotearoa around the ruck, check the notes to see who else is crucial to Aotearoa's chances against Australia in the Anzac Test.
Greg Leleisiuao is a Junior Kiwis veteran and we've got a few lads who have been re-selected, plus there few exciting newbies like Penrith half Jarome Luai in the 2017 Junior Kiwis squad.
David Kidwell has thrown a few curve-balls in his Kiwis squad for the Anzac Test. Nowadays we've got so many options that you just need to expect that though.
Mt Smart is becoming a fortress, a fortress built on top of defensive foundations.
Why on this jolly ol' Earth would Shaun Johnson want to leave a team with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at fullback and Tohu Harris on his way to join in on the fun? Gap that, we've got the Roosters on Sunday.
Exactly what we’ve been waiting to hear, gotta love it. And who, you may ask, is this new manager? Yeah that’s the thing… they’re not saying.
They signed the right manager and they bought the right players. Even Michy Batshuayi, hardly a factor all campaign, was able to pop up with the goal that secured the title.
Several have already gone on to play for the All Whites and several more will probably do so in the future after getting themselves professional deals around the place. Here are the continuing stories of the 21 jokers that represented Aotearoa at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup…
Winston Reid: “It turned into a game that we really didn’t want. They are really good. They have good quality players and have a lot of speed. Everything went wrong.
The FIFA Under 20 World Cup. It’s always a fascinating competition… although you already know that because New Zealand hosted the last one. Ah yes, what an outstanding spectacle it was too.
Hopefully you took the hints from the last few games of the season and said farewell to Welly Nix keeper Glen Moss while you had the chance because he’s just signed a contract with the Newcastle Jets. Speaking of the Jets, guess who their new manager is gonna be?
After a day off following Arsenal’s rather important 2-0 win over Southampton, we now enter some kind of Twilight Zone of football. It’s like stumbling into some eerie fantasy world where everything is just a little too perfect to be true.
Did you know there’s a FIFA Under-20 World Cup on later this month? Well, mate, you do now. They did the draw a little while back and this week the squad was named… a pretty strong squad at that.
Count it as goal #30 for Chris Wood's season, a massive milestone. His 27th in the Championship which is four more than anyone else ended up with. He won the Golden Boot with ease in the end.
A new stadium, an embarrassing European exit, selling their best player, lots of injuries, dodgy transfer returns, Premier League slumps, various formations, no right back, goalkeeping switcharoos, managerial pressure…
It won’t win them the league this week… but it’ll get them ever closer. Seeing Hazard and company tear up Everton last week, that was the last major hurdle. The last team that could beat them on their own terms.
A few weeks ago, New Zealand Football unveiled their new plans for growing the playing base of the Football Ferns beneath the professional ranks. The Football Ferns Development Programme, it was aptly named.
Captain Winston was there to play again, leading the lads out of the tunnel away to Stoke City as they looked to build on a 0-0 draw against Everton in his return. Build on it… how about repeat it exactly?
A Manchester Derby and a London Derby are just the start. We've also got a few cheeky wagers, a fable about silly coloured goal nets, some classic N'Golo Kante tales and plenty of seasons crumbling into the rubble of shattered dreams.
The boy is back and not only did Winston get a start for the Hammers against Everton without being eased back in at all, he wore the captain’s armband too.
Up until recently it seemed a fair question to ask. Leeds were rolling along nicely and looking set for the Championship playoffs while Chris Wood was scoring every flippin' week.
Yeah alrighty then folks, seems we’ve got a title race on our hands after all. It was never a forgone conclusion, clearly, but most of the season it’s felt like Chelsea’s trophy to lose.
You need a last minute equaliser, Chris Wood's your boy. You need a hatty in continental competition then you turn to Jeremy Brockie. You wanna know what's up with the lot of them, read Flying Kiwis.
The little Spaniard, David Silva, joined Manchester City in 2010. There is no player who has created more chances (598) or assists (63) in the time since. Never gets nominated for awards though, the poor lad.
The All Whites named what was supposedly their strongest possible squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Fiji last month. That obviously changed when Winston Reid pulled out injured but the original sentiment still told a story.
James Harden didn’t play very well the other day, you might have heard. Game Six, Harden’s Houston Rockets facing elimination on their homecourt against the San Antonio Spurs...
When people realised that Steven Adams was an underrated NBA player, the echo chamber of people exhorting that idea then turned him into an overrated one. And now that he’s dismissed as overrated, he’s actually resumed his role as an underrated player.
You won’t find too many people disappointed that the LA Clippers got dumped from the NBA Playoffs in the first round. They’ve been a fun team these last few years but they haven’t exactly been a popular team.
The Chicago Bears did something risky the other day. They gave up a bunch of picks to trade up from third place to second in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, dealing with San Francisco, in order to then draft quarterback Mitch Trubisky out of UNC.
Staring at elimination, there’s really nothing else to do but to play as hard as possible and take a few risks. The young Thunder team just didn't have the weapons, is all.
Hopefully the NASA shirt said all that Stevie hoped it would because he got his first ever podium game and couldn't hardly get a word in. Just shrug and wait for the next question, bro.
Patrick Beverley got absolutely smashed by The Big Funaki... but dusted himself off to lead the Rockets to a game one victory over Adams' OKC Thunder. Playoff basketball, baby.
As the saying goes, you ain’t done it ‘til you’ve done it in the playoffs. The regular season is the bread and butter but the playoffs… the playoffs are the glorious meat in the sandwich.
Yeah so that’s that. The regular season is all done-skees and we’re left with two last games to recap here before kicking into the playoffs – where the Thunder will take on the Houston Rockets, which you already knew.
The usual disclaimers: it’s all Wildcard opinion, no strict parameters, based entirely on the loose-outlined concept of ‘best’. As in the best players in each position. Feel free to argue furiously.
This feature is all about Steven Adams, keeping kiwis up to date on the exploits of our finest basketballer, right? But over in Oklahoma City there’s only one bloke who matters and his name is Russell Westbrook.
Another episode of the Stache Bro MVP Show made some noise but all the headlines were about Russell Westbrook and that 41st triple double. King of the Prairie!
There are only so many teams able to drop everything to sign a veteran QB but there were contracts there waiting for him if he wanted them. All sorts of contracts. In the end he signed the one that offered him the most years.
Front seat for a duel between the two leading MVP candidates and front seat for the Katchafire concert in Orlando. Another week in the NBA for Steven Adams.
Amidst the celebrations there was a brief cutaway to the Oklahoma City Thunder bench where their three young stars were standing together, James Harden hanging his arms over Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Apparently Colin Kaepernick upset some people by kneeling during the national anthem last NFL season. Apparently that might have something to do with him struggling to find a new team since he hit free agency.
We interrupt this weekly roundup of the iconic Kiwi Steve and his Oklahoma City Thunder to bring you this urgent message. Thus we now take you live into the living room of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter…
The new season begins with the NBL Free Agency list. The Perth Wildcats will still be out getting quotes on championship banners and making a buck or two at the merch stand but for everyone else the eyes have shifted towards 2017-18.
Last week Steve was in the midst of a slump. This week he's starting to drag himself out of it with a trio of 11 point games and a couple tussles in the process.
It wasn't a good week at all here but the positive is that Stevie won't have to play the Portland Trail Blazers again this season. After 6 points in 53 minutes, that's quite a relief.
James Frankline went toe-to-toe with the legend Kumar Sangakkara, while Lord Jeetz is steady as she goes and the Essex boys (Neil Wagner/Matt Quinn) contributed to a strong bowling performance.
Ross Taylor and Tom Latham are preparing for Champions Trophy cricket by scoring plenty of runs as the Blackcaps handled their business against Ireland.
Neil Broom has scored the most runs in this tri-series against Ireland and Bangladesh, he just doesn't have a great record against better cricket teams.
Yup, youngster Amelia Kerr made the White Ferns World Cup squad but the return of Leigh Kasperek is far more interesting. Kasperek joins a White Ferns squad that aren't too far off 'favourites' for World Cup success.
Neil Wagner is too good for the Blackcaps and will instead continue to dominate on the Kiwi County Tour for Essex.
Aotearoa got the tri-series in Ireland off to a winning start, so peep our debrief; which players were selected? How's the wicket-keeping situation looking? Could Scott Kuggeleijn overtake Jimmy Neesham?
James Franklin continues to offer steady leadership for Middlesex, Jeetan Patel's Warwickshire aren't very good and Matt Quinn shed a tear when Neil Wagner ditched him.
While you were complaining about the fifty buck price tag of the Joseph Parker vs Razvan Cojanu fight, British boxing fans were tuning in for free on Sky Sports UK.
You know what? Shout out to Razvan Cojanu. He didn’t put up a huge amount of fight against Joseph Parker on the weekend but things were hardly stacked in his favour.
James Franklin's Middlesex hit a little snag and Lord Jeetz took some wickets but Warwickshire still suck. At least we've got Neil Wagner doing Neil Wagner for Essex on the Kiwi County Tour.
It wasn’t the fight we’d hoped to see, that’s for sure. Which is a shame because a New Zealand fighter defended a world title in comfortable, if not commanding, fashion in front of a local crowd in what will probably prove his last home fight for quite a while.
Matt Quinn is in fine form for Essex and Neil Wagner ain't going too bad either. The same can't be said for Lord Jeetz though.
Ask us a question and we might answer it: what can we expect from Luke Ronchi in the upcoming tri-series?
Neil Wagner can't get a Blackcaps ODI gig, so we'll happily take him in our Anti-Champions Trophy team along with other outcasts and promising youngsters.
Anthony Joshua now controls the heavyweight division. His thrilling comeback knockout of Wladimir Klitschko confirms that for all to see and with both the IBF and WBA belts in his possession, AJ is in a very enviable place.
Bharat Popli wasn't exactly as good as last season, but he still went alright and we're all about supporting the up and comers on the Niche Cache World Tour.
Our Kiwi County Tour moves into one-day mode and James Franklin went to boom-town to get us underway. Neil Wagner can't get an ODI gig but he keeps taking wickets and Matt Quinn is back, bowling alongside Wagner for Essex.
41 year old Wladimir Klitschko, trying to regain the crown he wore for a decade as the finest heavyweight in the world, up against Anthony Joshua, the finest of the next generation of fighters. What more could you want?
Aotearoa's wicket-keeping depth is such that we've had to select a gang of them for the Niche Cache World Tour. Better break the bank and stock up on strapping tape for their poor little fingers.
There are win-now approaches and there are build-for-the-future approaches and then there’s the Lesson Blackcaps (Lesson = Larsen + Hesson), where players are dropped without explanation, others are recalled for tenuous reasons and nobody seems to really know where they stand outside a few main heroes.