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Tag Archives: Damian McKenzie (Chiefs)

Five New Zealand Rugby Stars Whose Stock Rose in Super Rugby Round 2

‘The Hurricanes look fat, slow and unfit.’ These scathing words of ex-Wallaby turned commentator Phil Kearns a year ago certainly could not be applied to the 2017 Hurricanes, who stormed to the top of the Super 18 leaderboard after racking up consecutive 70+ point thrashings. The four other New Zealand teams were involved in high-impact, high skill local derbies. So …

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The Super 18 Team Of The Year: Built Around Brilliant Barrett

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 04: A general view of Westpac stadium during the Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

The Wellington Hurricanes whipped up a storm and finally broke their 21-year drought in winning the 2016 title beating a gallant Lions side in the final. In the first season to feature teams from Japan and Argentina, who makes the team of the season? 15 Ben Smith (Highlanders) Smith’s selection is tough on excitement machine Damian McKenzie who leads in …

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Hansen’s All Blacks Dilemma: What To Do With Dazzling Damian McKenzie?

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 16: Damian McKenzie of the Chiefs on the attack during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

In the final minute of the Chief’s rout over the Stormers last Saturday, Damian McKenzie produced a piece of outrageous skill, which could only be described as international class. Yet, he may not find a place in Steve Hansen’s All Blacks squad for the Rugby Championship. But should the 57-year-old roll the dice and select the prodigy from Invercargill? McKenzie polarises …

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Super 18 Semi-final Preview: The Key Head-To-Head Battles

In dismantling the Crusaders on Saturday, the Lions have set themselves up with a titanic home clash with the Highlanders as the Super 18 continues to reach its climax. In the second semi, the red hot Hurricanes and Chiefs will face each other in Wellington. In teams packed with power and skill, which players hold the key to victory and …

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Super 18 Quarter-final Power Rankings: Highlanders climb, Sharks lurk

After two bone-breaking New Zealand derbies high in both skill and execution, the likely match-ups for the quarter-finals point to the likelihood that the four teams will again duke it out in the semi-finals of the Super 18. However, we have to ask, have the South African sides been underestimated? _____ 1. The Highlanders (Last week 6; round 17: 25-15 vs The Chiefs) …

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Road Runners: The Five Greatest Rugby Sidesteppers Of All Time

While the power players like Jonah Lomu, Julian Savea and George North are rightfully revered for their ability to clear bodies from their windscreens, the twinkle-toed quicksteppers that slice through gaps leaving defenders sprawled in yoga poses can be just as thrilling. Here’s a quick guide to the magicians with the finest sidesteps in modern rugby history. _____ Jason Robinson ‘Billy …

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Making The All Blacks Is About Timing

Since the professional era of rugby began, Ireland has produced a number of world class rugby players. Like every other country, Ireland has developed players up through the academy system in a bid to produce players eligible for higher honours later in life. Similar to Ireland, New Zealand have a finely tuned development program that picks the cream of the …

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