#KiwiNRL Encyclopedia brings you all the kiwi cuzzies, usos and tokos who are with Australian NRL clubs ahead of the 2018 season.
Anthony Gelling has been signed by Aotearoa Warriors and there's all sorts of competitive depth permeating from Mt Smart.
#KiwiNRL Encyclopedia meets Diary Of An Aotearoa Warriors Fan and they hit it off for your rugby league pleasure. Get the low-down on the Warriors' backs and a splash of their history.
Issac Luke gets a fair amount of Warriors hateriade thrown his way and got brushed aside for Aotearoa. A fresh Warriors vibe and a contract year will put Luke front and centre, where he'll probably maintain his solid Warriors work.
Does the Emerging Kiwis program go down the Queensland (small and specific) or New South Wales (name everyone) route? Well, let's just start with actually having an Emerging Kiwis program.
#KiwiNRL Encyclopedia brings you all the kiwi cuzzies, usos and tokos who are with Australian NRL clubs ahead of the 2018 season.
Seems as though Kalyn Ponga will go down the Queensland/Australia route, Aotearoa's gonna be all good though folks, don't trip.
Simon Mannering wanted a 2018 Aotearoa Warriors depth chart. Yoza, here it is.
Sam Lisone's been showing signs for a while now and it's about time he becomes a certified NRL middle forward, right as the Warriors have gathered plenty of competition for those middle forward spots.
Briton Nikora could sneak into Cronulla Sharks' NRL team next season and Steven Marsters did the Junior Kiwis/Aotearoa Under 18 double this year. Don't buzz about RLWC, keep your eyes forward and enjoy the #KiwiNRL future.
Times are changing for how Aotearoa Warriors structure their junior farm. So instead of reviewing how they are going about their junior recruitment, let's set the scene before getting more information over the summer.
Melbourne Storm will have Sam Kasiano and Nelson Asofa-Solomona in the same forward pack next season. dfjgjarkjabvkjbslgjrwhLGAdagfsJDSAjnvkan mind blown.
Ata Hingano's future at Aotearoa Warriors seems a wee bit murky with the arrival of Blake Green.
Jason Taumalolo is only earning $1million a season for being the beastliest forward in the NRL. He's almost certainly not going to keep up his bonkers production for nine more years though.
The Roosters love their #KiwiNRL forwards and Zach Dockar-Clay has been signed by Townsville Blackhawks.
Canberra Raiders needed a dummy half, so they hit up the toko Siliva Havili and now Havili has a chance to suss out some NRL game time.
Aotearoa Warriors have signed a Peta Hiku and Gerard Beale, yet David Fusitu'a is still the best winger at the club.
Gold Coast Titans aren't exactly a fantastic NRL club and they don't have too much #KiwiNRL talent, co-inki-dink (coincidence for you plebs)?
Mitchell Pearce will join a boomin' #KiwiNRL crew at Newcastle Knights, with two lethal #KiwiNRL runners in Kalyn Ponga and Danny Levi.
Brian Smith has a new gig at Aotearoa Warriors as GM of Football and those winds of change through Mt Smart are still blowing.
With Chris Wood and Winston Reid both out injured and Ryan Thomas still on winter break, Flying Kiwis has mostly evolved into a transfer gossip thing this week. Good thing Jeremy Brockie's got some very big news then.
Don’t go spreading this all around or anything but you know those quiet doubts about Auckland City from last week? Well they’re looking pretty legit right about now.
See, there you go. All it took for the Welly Nix to finally win another game was a controversial early red card to an opposition defender, a couple early subs...
Reid scored an own goal, by the way. Turned the ball into his own net a quarter of an hour into the contest after some Harry Kane-ery but Harry Hotspur had wandered offside so it didn’t count. Wipe that sweat off the brow.
If the first round back after the holiday break was supposed to begin separating the Premiership contenders from the pretenders then it did a pretty solid job of that. If it was supposed to clear much else up beyond that then not so much.
The way the Nix have lined up in the last two games hasn’t made for the sexiest football, obviously. Five dudes at the back and a deep midfield has combined for some very lenient views on the concept of possession.
2017 was a massive year for football in New Zealand. Headlined of course by the All Whites and their World Cup qualifiers against Peru, plus the Confederations Cup trip, but there was plenty going on all across the park.
There’s a little bit of confusion around the NZ Premiership tagline: ‘Where All Whites Are Made’. This is an amateur league after all, one which the best players from Aotearoa are seeking to escape.
Ordinarily a 0-0 draw away to Central Coast isn’t such a bad result for the Wellington Phoenix. Problem is that when you’ve only won one game from 12 and are slipping further and further out to sea at the bottom of the table, draws don’t really do the trick.
Chris Wood had one major moment of note here, working hard to win the ball back from Serge Aurier in the attacking third. He fed the ball wide to Steven Defour and then gassed it to the near post where the cross was swiftly played...
It doesn’t get any easier, does it? Sitting bottom of the table with only one win from ten and all this is going on to boot. Then you add in the injuries they’re suffering and it’s like what else could go wrong next. Westpac Stadium gonna burn down?
The NZ Prem's taking a little break for a few weeks for turkey stuffing and that makes this a perfect time to catch up on the competition so far, from Auckland City's recent dominance to Hamilton Wanderer's remarkably loyalty to losing games.
Busy week, this one. Zwolle had two games with the Eredivisie going hard on a midweek set of games and since Ryan Thomas never misses a second that meant 180 minutes in the space of four days. Nothing he can’t handle of course.
Reid picked up a yellow in the 67th min, wrestling down Alvaro Morata in the Chelsea half as the Blues threatened a counter. Doing what’s gotta be done. One of a few Hammers to be booked for, erm, tactical fouls as this game dragged on towards a hard-earned final whistle.
It’s way too early to be calling the Premier League title race now, it’s not even Christmas yet. Victory in the Manc Derby puts Manchester City eleven points clear of Man United with their record fourteenth league win in a row but plenty of water has to pass under the bridge before the trophy gets engraved.
The World Club Cup journey didn’t last very long for Auckland City this year. Up against the host reps and champions of the United Arab Emirates, Al Jazira, they went down 1-0 to a first half goal from Brazilian Romarinho.
Hey, remember a month ago when the Wellington Phoenix beat Perth 5-2 and we were hoping that’d be the start of a long and prosperous run of form? Yeah, about that…
The cross took a lucky deflection to get to Woody but his positioning was fantastic. Dragged a defender away to allow Brady to cut back and got himself in the right place at the right time for the sharp stabbed finish. Mate, didn’t he love it?
Apparently British managers don’t get a fair crack in the English Premier League. At least that’s the way the saying goes, although it’s hard to tell whether anyone actually still believes that.
Deklan Wynne, Francis de Vries, Myer Bevan and Stefan Marinovic all found themselves contracted to the same Canadian/MLS club in 2017... only the Wellington Phoenix have more professional kiwi players.
They’re a famously underachieving franchise with a jokingly incapable quarterback… and they’re playing the New England Patriots for a place in the Super Bowl in a few days. The Jacksonville Jaguars, aye?
Been feeling good about the Thunder lately? Enjoyed the resurgence, enjoyed everyone seeming to accept and adapt to their roles on this team? Fancied the way they’d won eight of their last ten before this week, surging into the middle of the Western Conference playoff spots?
You can make your own Christmas themed puns if you want, everybody else is. Poor mate Rakeem has probably heard them all already, you don’t grow up with the last name Christmas without being constantly reminded about it.
A double header in Los Angeles brought some scrappiness, particularly from those dirty Clippers, after OKC had copped a refereeing blunder against the Bucks and some self-inflicted blunders against the Mavs.
So here we are. The last bend in the road has been turned and we’re onto the final straight. The final game of the season for 20 of these 32 teams.
The Thunder are on a six-game winning streak and all of a sudden things look rather rosy. The Big Three are making buckets and their kiwi centre is getting it done all over the court. So take that, Jonas Valanciunas.
Merry Christmas, season’s greetings, feliz navidad and all that. Time for some holiday NFL! First we’ve got a couple games on Xmas Eve followed by a bunch on Christmas Day itself and then a pair on Boxing Day to close out the week. She’s all go, amigo.
Grab a curry and enjoy some NBA hot takes about San Antonio Spurs, Donovan Mitchell and the two leading MVP candidates.
Featuring one of the most entertaining games of the season, highlighted by Steven Adams guarding up against larger than life Joel Embiid, aka The Process... and also a blowout win and a couple concussion related DNPs.
At least if you do have to play in conditions reminiscent of those north of The Wall on Game of Thrones then you can do a lot worse than lean on LeSean McCoy.
After a brief lapse in Mexico City against the Brooklyn Nets, it was more of the same heroic Steven Adams from last week, scoring for fun and doing just enough to cover up the trash the Russ/PG/Melo trio served up.
Case Keenum, let me remind you, won two games in ten starts with the Texans (11 TD / 8 INT) and then won seven games in 14 starts with the Rams (13 TD / 12 INT). He’s now won eight from ten starts with the Vikings. Quite the reinvention, ain’t he?
Once again, just as this team seems to hit its new rock bottom they then whip out a fantastic win to shut everyone up, this time with a Steven Adams performance for the ages. A new career-best scoring mark, achieved with perfect efficiency. Dude didn’t even miss a shot.
The Breakers may have been underestimated at the start of the campaign and they may even have dropped a silly one to Cairns in their season opener but it takes a certain type of team to be able to rip off nine in a row after that.
You though the Giants couldn’t sink any lower? You thought that Ben McAdoo would be the obvious scapegoat for all this? You thought that legacies meant something in the NFL, that two Super Bowl rings earn you a little job security?
Last week the Thunder beat the Warriors, beat them right off the court... but since then it's been back to the same old problems with three straight defeats. Won't somebody think of the children!?
It’s been odd getting international basketball in the middle of the Breakers season. Odd but pretty exciting as the Tall Blacks finally get to play some meaningful games outside of major tournaments and double headers against Australia.
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.
Lea Tahuhu is one of the leading wicket-takers in WBBL03 and her Melbourne Renegades are chasing a semi-final spot, setting up a funky few weeks for Tahuhu and her White Ferns homie Amy Satterthwaite.
It’s still funny to think that before the 2015 World Cup, Trent Boult could hardly get a run in the ODI team. He’d already stepped up as a Test match swing king but the shorter formats were a different story.
Tom Bruce has been smacking it to all parts for Central Districts, enough to get him into our Super Smash All Stars ahead of tomorrow's knockout game between CD and Auckland Aces.
Joseph Parker will fight Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on March 31st, so April 1 in Aotearoa, with the IBF, WBA and WBO Heavyweight World Championship belts on the line. The formalities have been confirmed and the fight is officially happening.
Cameron Fletcher hasn't just put himself back in the wicket-keepers who score runs mixer, he's emerged as a contender for this season's Super Smash 'The Finisher'.
Martin Guptill wasn't lit before the rain, then the rain came and he got lit like Bic in the Blackcaps second ODI vs Pakistan. Not sure what Rumman Raees is up to.
That was a handy little dash of red ink for Taylor. Not just because of the unbeaten 104 run partnership with his buddy that earned another ODI win for the Blackcaps but also because he tipped his career average back over 45.
Kyle Jamieson returned for Canterbury, Rob Nicol is Otago's talisman and the big dawgs keep on rollin'.
Any day Kane Williamson scores runs, is a day to remind yourself how great it is to be alive. Pakistan did some things too, don't get caught up in the game one hype.
Colin Munro opens the batting in ODI cricket and is asked to do a very difficult job - hit the best bowlers in the world for big ol' boundaries every innings.
Pakistan should be a lot better than West Indies and stormed to Champions Trophy glory, there's always the chance that they struggle in the cricketing Bermuda Triangle that is Aotearoa though.
Henry Nicholls is the Blackcaps' finisher, Todd Astle deserves a decent crack and why did George Worker replace a bowler for the Pakistan ODI series.
Anton Devcich is the best all-rounder in the Super Smash and Andrew Ellis has the most wickets, making them mandatory Super Smash All Stars.
Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine are struggling, Amy Satterthwaite's leading and Thamsyn Newton's ... playing? Let's take stock of what the kiwis in WBBL03 have been up to.
Mark Chapman, Will Young and Tim Seifert are the best batsmen in the Super Smash and they're all youngsters.
Who is locked down in their Blackcaps ODI spot apart from a catastrophe and who are the contenders to wiggle into the 1st XI? Let ya boy to his duty to you glorious readers and lead the preparations for dat 2019 World Cup.
As the Blackcaps move towards the 2019 World Cup, hopefully ol' mates Lesson learned some lessons from their disappointing 2017 Champions Trophy campaign.