Katchafire are one of Aotearoa's finest exports and their first album 'Revival' put them on the map, as well as putting Jahtearoa on the map.
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?
We're back another the third Niche Cache Maori All Stars and there are a few new faces joining the OG cuzzies in 2017.
Aotearoa hasn't had a whole lot of depth at centre recently and there still isn't. Times are changing though and a few blokes have a chance to join Dean Whare in being a top-dawg Aotearoa Kiwis centre.
Contrary to the usual cliché, I don’t remember where I was when Shaun Johnson scored that miracle try against England in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi final.
Some people don't like Wayne Bennett's England squad, but does it matter when Bennett's got a few weeks to work his magic? There's no expectations for England this time around either.
Aotearoa Warriors have officially announced the signing of Peta Hiku and there's going to be a big ol' backline shake up next season as a result.
It's easy to sip hateraide, so let's take a look at how this Aotearoa Kiwis team could shape up and get practical about their Rugby League World Cup campaign.
Aotearoa Warriors have officially signed Adam Blair, so here's why you gotta chill on the negative vibes and embrace more change sweeping through Mt Smart.
Cameron Munster could take his NRL Championship/Queensland havles combo with Cooper Cronk all the way to the World Cup. Regardless, Australia head into the RLWC like Aotearoa's All Blacks and are firm favourites.
Melbourne Storm NRL Championship winner Slade Griffin capped off a big year with a move to Newcastle Knights. That means more minutes, more responsibility and opportunity for the Greymouth Geezer.
Melbourne's #KiwiNRL Storm Gang were exceptional in the Grand Final. From leading the pack, throwing 20m spiral passes into the bread-basket and the official phenom-arrival of Nasty NAS is your area.
Te Maire Martin doesn't have a major role with North Queensland Cowboys, he does however have a habit of making the most of his opportunities. How will the Waikato Cowboy #KiwiNRL prospect handle a Grand Final?
Four #KiwiNRL Melbourne Storm big boppers vs one #KiwiNRL North Queensland Cowboys big bopper? That ain't a fair battle, she'll be a mighty battle though and could decide the NRL Grand Final.
Former Junior Warrior Matiu Love-Henry has been signed by Aotearoa Warriors, returning from a stint with Brisbane Broncos in another low key nifty piece of business.
Kiearn Foran battled injury this season and wasn't close to peak-Fozza, so there were no guarantees that he would have been helping Aotearoa win the World Cup. Who's nek in line?
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.
When Vido Jr put that header away five minutes in it seemed like we were in for golden times at the Wellington Phoenix. It was strangely reminiscent of the goal the All Whites scored, actually.
Leading your sports news tonight… Abby Erceg is one game away from captaining successive NWSL championship teams. That and the small matter of the biggest Flying Kiwis Derby of all time which is coming up.
Most of the problems with the All Whites right now are things we can deal with. We’re over-reliant on Chris Wood’s goals? No worries, he scores a lot of them and he’s pretty fit these days.
Alright, that’s it then. No more tests and no more experiments. The next time the All Whites play will be against the South American representatives in the Intercontinental Playoffs of World Cup Qualification.
It’s impossible to know what to expect from the Nix this season. A new coach, several new players in key positions, barely any preseason games against A-League teams to judge them against… impossible.
Seems now like Woody’s a regular for the Clarets. Another ninety without a goal means he’s officially in a drought by his recent standards but, coincidence or not, Burnley have also only conceded one goal in the 390 Premier League minutes that he’s played for them.
They’re so much fun, these All Whites squads. What a luxury to have actual selection controversies, to know that there are more quality kiwis out there than can fit in a single touring party.
Then Fernando Llorente and Winston Reid bumped shoulders. Winston ran over and tried to put on NFL block on him as he shielded the ball. Carroll and Llorente clashed on the end of a long ball. That was one too many for Winnie, Big Andy’s his best mate, and he ran in to fire away some heavy words. Love a bit of biffo in the footy!
On the morning of the Footy Ferns’ second international against the USA, coach Tony Readings was quoted on the radio talking about ‘putting learnings into action’ between the first game and the second. So let’s talk learnings then.
Since Winston Reid returned from injury it’s almost been like a different West Ham. Two games and two clean sheets – the only thing missing away to West Brom on the weekend was a winning goal.
Mike Den Heijer is a kiwi footy player doing his thing for NEC Nijmegen in The Netherlands. How that came to happen is a pretty fantastic story and Mike was decent enough to spin the yarn here for us.
Football managers are held to notoriously fragile standards but even for the Premier League seeing Crystal Palace sack Frank de Boer four games into the league season was a brow-raiser.
There’s really nothing The Woodsman can do wrong right now, is there? He scored in his first Premier League game for Burnley and then grabbed a hatty for the All Whites on international duty. And guess what? Now he's scored again.
It was all action as New Zealand club football’s two most iconic competitions came to their dramatic conclusion. Glenfield Rovers vs Eastern Suburbs in the women’s and Central United vs Onehunga Sports in the men’s.
Aotearoa’s done its bit. A Chris Wood hatty in Auckland inspired a comfortable 8-3 aggregate victory over the Solomon Islands and the All Whites will represent Oceania in the last round of World Cup qualifying.
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.
It’s a business, they say. There’s no room for sentiment. As a fan you learn to accept this quickly with injuries and trades and retirements and all that ensuring that even the greatest, most loyal players will eventually, one day, move on.
The Wildcard is still recovering from a terrible round of picks last week and we're not gonna talk about the protests. No we're not gonna talk about the protests at all... with several exceptions.
Don’t call them Anthem Protests. Nobody is protesting the national anthem of America, they’re protesting the racial injustice that pervades the country at almost every level. They’re not protesting the flag either, just because they unfold a big one out on the field while they sing a song about it.
Melo’s on his way to OKC and going in the other direction are Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick. Melo waived his no-trade clause for this and he also waived his trade kicker.
A couple things have happened with Kiwi Steve over the last week or so. One is that both ESPN and Sports Illustrated dropped their annual player rankings, which each saw Adams dropping a few places...
How about the bloke Todd Gurley aye? A dude who last year couldn’t find a space to run through if he was crossing the street and now here he is jumping over dudes.
Hinkie worked on his jigsaw puzzle from the inside out and Marks is doing his edge pieces first. Give it a few years and we’ll see if they don’t end up in the same place.
The Cowboys defence is great this season! The Rams have an incredible offence, look at all the points they scored! Sam Bradford for MVP! ... Yeah it's week two, which means time for the annual Overreaction Week.
The long off-season is over, franchise tag holdouts have returned to training, half the Cowboys are suspended and everyone thinks the Patriots are gonna cruise again - the new NFL season is finally here.
Picking right on up where we left off, here are the twenty best quarterbacks in the NFL as devised by El Wildcardo. Please don't sue.
You know the NFL season is just around the corner when the QB rankings come soaring in and, guess what, here they are. Fifth year in a row and everything, it’s officially a tradition.
It’s not about whether the Tall Blacks can win the Asia Cup at full strength, more about how many talented young players are being developed, how well funded and supported the sport is in this country, how many fans get involved… all those things.
Ever since Danny Ainge scooped the greatest swindle in the history of the NBA with the Brooklyn Trade, the Celts have been staked with assets. You can’t even close the desk drawers in Ainge’s office for all the draft picks spilling out of them.
There’s something fishy going on in the NFL. Okay, maybe that’s not the most surprising thing you’ve ever read – about as shocking as revealing that Tom Brady is good at throwing footballs or that Eddie Lacy ordered the second course – but even by the NFL’s lofty standards, this is an odd one.
Jacob Duffy has some other young seamers hot on his heels down at the Volts and they've got a few angry Blackcaps ready to bully domestic battlers.
Canterbury have been struck hard by injury, but they still hold plenty of funk. Andrew Ellis better get back fit and firing quickly though.
Wellington Firebirds have recruited Dutch international Logan van Beek from Netherlands, I mean Canterbury along with Michael Bracewell from Otago. This is the pivot folks.
Hey remember Carlos Takam? Remember when he fought Joseph Parker that time? Remember? It was Joe’s first major step up in opponents and also the fight that earned him the interim title shot against Andy Ruiz later on in 2016.
Soon enough some players are going to have to chose between ODI/T20I and BBL cricket. Colin Munro will likely be the next Blackcaps joker to make that decision.
Central Districts Stags have a roster full of young guns, young guns who know all about domestic cricket though. Now is the time for them to step into their power, plus they've got a few funky blokes to keep tabs on.
Auckland Ace has linked up with Hobart Hurricanes, another collaboration between a kiwi cricket association and a Big Bash League franchise. What's the end game here?
Northern Districts are going to have a wicket-keeping conundrum this season and they'll also be hoping that Bharat Popli finds his runs. Anyone know where Popli's runs went?
Tom Latham and Adam Milne were the young bucks on the Kiwi County Tour bus. One was as good as ever and the other, well it's just good to have Milne stacking up a few overs.
Jeetan Patel had another fantastic County cricket season with Warwickshire Bears, although they did get relegated and Lord Jeetz didn't take 50+ wickets. Bummer, but he hit a century!
Lockie Ferguson is a Plunket Shield phenom and Auckland Aces will need him to serve up another fantastic season. There's a few youngsters to keep a close eye on also, well the whole Auckland squad's pretty young.
Aotearoa A got dominated by India A in the second four-dayer. Jeet Raval and Ish Sodhi emerged from the two games as Aotearoa's best performers, hopefully everyone involved learned a few things.
Where does this all leave Joseph Parker? Who will he fight next if these jokers are all working out deals amongst themselves? He’s got a few options, don’t worry.
Neil Wagner continues to show that he's a versatile seamer, who does the job wherever he goes. Including County Champions Essex.
Marcus Daniell is one of Aotearoa's best tennis players and battles away on the doubles circuit, trying to make end's meat. He answers some questions for El Niche Cache; from his journey to what is holding kiwi tennis back at the moment.
The Blackcaps’ last day of Test cricket was on March 29. Their next day of Test cricket is on December 1. Thanks to the odd lack of a winter tour that’ll make it 246 days in between consecutive Test matches for New Zealand.
Ish Sodhi was the only positive in India A's first up demolition of Aotearoa A. Lads better sharpen up 'cos there are some Blackcaps spots up for grabs.
Trent Boult and the Blackcaps are heading back to India, with a petite squad named that will have some of the Aotearoa A jokers added to it in due time.