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Simon van Ryn

Born and bred in Wellington with a passion for the oval ball game.

Richie McCaw Helps Fight Frost Following World Cup Exploits

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has spent little to no time reflecting on the victorious World Cup campaign. McCaw was out in the early hours of Thursday morning fighting frost with a number of other helicopter pilots, in a bid to save vineyard crops throughout Marlborough in New Zealand. Marlborough is famous for its exportation of fine wine around the …

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Daniel Carter – The Champion

The greatest first five? Daniel Carter. Enough said. As our legendary series continues, fly half was one of the easy decisions. Now many would argue Johnny Wilkinson was the greatest, but in all honesty Daniel Carter takes the five eighth spot comfortably. He has an all round game that is unmatched worldwide and his ability to turn it on when …

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A Look At Ben Smith’s Dream Year

He had a baby, got married, won a Super Rugby title and if that wasn’t enough he helped New Zealand triumph in consecutive World Cups. Ben Smith has conquered all in 2015 and now he can finally sit back with a nice cold beer and reflect on what has been an outstanding season. Speaking with NZ Herald this week he …

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Video: The Greatest 12 Ever – Ma’a Nonu

Today our legends series moves onto inside centre. This position is sure to stir up some debate but there is one player who deserves the mantel of being the greatest – that man is Ma’a Nonu. Nonu, the blockbusting All Black centurion, epitomises everything about the perfect second five eighth. He can smash holes in opposing d-lines at will, he has …

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Teenage Super Boot Nick Jooste Signs Super Deal

Its official. Nick Jooste, the kicking prodigy from Perth has been snaffled up by the Brumbies at the raw age of 18. Jooste will follow in the footsteps of the likes of James O’Conner and Kurtley Beale straight into Super Rugby out of school. The Perth man, who kicks goals from 60-70 metres out, received interest from franchises in Australia …

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Southern Kings Offered Toulon Lifeline

Big spending Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is digging deep into his pockets for a desperate cause. Reports are stating that Boudjellal is keen to buy the Southern Kings Super Rugby franchise, due to their continuing financial difficulties. SuperXV claims that the Kings ‘have been experiencing financial troubles for months and a ZAR 200 million promised sponsorship has not materialised, which …

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Brian O’Driscoll – The Little Master

Continuing our rugby legends series, we move onto the greatest outside centre of all time, Brian O’Driscoll.  There have been a number of great centres in the past, however it is hard to look past anyone but O’Driscoll. His silky smooth ball handling skills were on show all throughout his stellar career and his longevity in the game made him one …

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Austin Healy Proposes Drastic Measure To Change English Rugby

Former England utility back Austin Healey has called for the Rugby Football Union to take a punt and invest in England’s rugby future by purchasing a Super Rugby franchise. Healey believes that the Aviva Premiership lacks the ball skills required to keep up with leading rugby nations like New Zealand, so this is a drastic move he is ready to …

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Was All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu The Greatest Winger Ever?

Continuing our rugby legends series we move onto the wing. The greatest of all time, without a doubt, has to be the man himself, Jonah Lomu. The blockbusting giant from New Zealand was the first global superstar of rugby. His size, power and speed troubled defenders left, right and centre. Just ask Mike Catt in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. …

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Beauden Barrett’s Amazing Act Of Kindess

Beauden Barrett may have eclipsed Sonny Bill William’s act of kindness after the final with his own heartfelt gesture. It has recently been revealed that Barrett, while visiting a hair salon throughout the tournament, managed to conjure up two finals tickets for New Zealander Katrina Haberfield and her English husband Steve. The story behind this, as revealed by Yahoo NZ …

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Video: The Sensational Christian Cullen

With the World Cup concluded, we decided to take a look at some of the legends that have graced our screens over the last 20 years. First up Christian Cullen. Arguably the best fullback in rugby history, Cully was a sublime finisher and an exceptionally smooth runner with ball in hand. Nicknamed the Paekakariki Express thanks to his Papraparaumu roots, Cullen …

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Predicted All Blacks 23 For The Lions Series In 2017

With plenty of talk surrounding the British and Irish Lions squad for 2017, Simon van Ryn will have a crack at naming the possible All Blacks 23 to defend their shores. _____ Notable Inclusions Reggie Goodes: Two years is a long time in Rugby and this writer believes Reggie Goodes will make a huge statement in N.Z. rugby over the …

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Video: Is This The Worst Try Fail Of All Time?

There have been plenty of botched tries in the past, however this one in particular has to take the cake. During a Polish game of Rugby sevens, the winger (playing in black) manages to scoot around his defender. With no-one in sight and white chalk in front of him he decides to ease off the accelerator. What happens next is …

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Super Rugby Is Heading To Fiji

SANZAR has today announced that Super Rugby is on its way to the Pacific Islands in 2016 with Fiji set to host the Round 15 clash between the Chiefs and Crusaders. Fiji will be the eighth nation to host a Super Rugby fixture and the second neutral venue after the Crusaders hosted the Sharks at Twickenham in 2011. SANZAR Interim …

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What Contributed To Sam Burgess’ Rugby Union U-Turn?

Sam Burgess, after just a year in rugby union, will make his way back to rugby league and the NRL next year, with immediate effect. He will re-join the South Sydney Rabbitohs, a team he successfully helped lead to a championship in 2014. After being a scapegoat for England’s miserable World Cup campaign, Sam will reunite with younger brothers George …

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Is This The Most Talented Barbarians Squad Ever?

Featuring a combined 23 Players from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa this Barbarians side – coached by Michael Cheika later this month against Argentina, is simply outstanding and could rate right up there with the very best. Imagine a back three of Nehe Milner Skudder, Nemani Nadalo and Waisaki Nahalo. That is probably the most exciting backfield contingent seen …

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