Rugby World Cup

Pita should drink a cup of concrete

England is going full court on panty-waist sledged like their Hakarena video. It was gay, and lame…like their Rugby team but it hasn’t stopped some getting their own panties in a bunch.

I mean Matt Dawson was supposed to be intimidating but he just came across as a pansy.

Sir Pita Sharples has described as “insulting” an attempt by a British menswear chain to create its own haka ahead of the Rugby World Cup

In a video fronted by former England captain Matt Dawson, a group of rugby players clad in English colours perform a dance called ‘The Hakarena’, fusing the actions of Ka Mate with those from popular 1994 dance song Macarena.   Read more »

How to nobble a sports team with political correctness

If you want to stuff up a top sports team then set arbitrary rules based on something like race or sex and then watch as your team falls apart.

A South African political party has taken the South African Rugby Union to court in a move that could see the Springboks miss the Rugby World Cup.

The Agency for New Agenda (ANA) party is seeking an order in a Pretoria court this week that would force players and officials to surrender their passports, the Guardian reports.

The ANA are protesting the fact that the Springboks squad doesn’t have enough black players which doesn’t meet the South African government’s policy on transformation.  Read more »

What is the most powerful entity in New Zealand? Could it be rugby?


John Key is taking his role as All Black fanboy-in Chief to an all new level by attending the selection of the All Blacks World Cup team on Sunday.

Many people probably see this as a bit weird just like that three-way handshake.

But even weirder is that not a single politician is prepared criticise Key for it – not even Winston Peters.

Especially Winston Peters.  He knows there is only hurt down that path.   Read more »

World Exclusive – Spot ID Checks at RWC but Organisers Toothless

Rugby is important to New Zealanders and so the Rugby World Cup has to rate as the most important month of the year particularly to All Black fans living overseas or travelling to the UK who want to see games but don’t want to be ganked by greedy travel agents selling “packages” or scummy bover boy ticket touts.

A reader in the UK has sent in their correspondence with the legal people at the Rugby World Cup.  The conclusion is despite all the hoopla and Hello Henrying attached, England’s lawmakers are hopeless, ticket touting is still okay and the worst you are going to get at the Rugby World Cup is a “spot check”.

Media in the UK and probably New Zealand will not report this of course as they all have sports reporters and people bludging free tickets.

Here is the entire correspondence for your own decisions on whether to sell or buy tickets from the secondary market.  The reader in the UK thought corresponding with a tainted local MP was a waste of time and Whaleoil was much better.   Read more »

Wowser Green TaliBAN shamed into Wowser Green TaliCAN

The co-penis Mr Shaw is clearly not well tuned to what makes good politics and what doesn’t.

He had Kevin Hague spitting tacks about it yesterday, yet this morning a different Hague met the media – one that was all for Kiwis celebrating the Rugby World Cup live.  Funny that.

The Green Party just always want to tax or ban. Tax or ban.  They don’t have any other ideas.

Act Party leader David Seymour says the Green Party has gone from “party poopers” to “party facilitators” after reversing its opposition to his Rugby World Cup bill.

Mr Seymour made a second attempt to table his bill today, and this time the Greens did not object.

The law, which will allow all bars to stay open between 4am and 8am for World Cup matches, will have its first reading this evening.    Read more »

Seymour goes again and gets his bill introduced


David Seymour tried to get his bill introduced again.

ACT leader David Seymour is going in for round two with his bill to allow pubs to stay open in the early hours of the Rugby World Cup.

Seymour’s bid to allow pubs to open outside of legal trading hours to show matches in the United Kingdom flopped on Tuesday when the Green Party rejected it.

On Wednesday morning Prime Minister John Key said the Government would pick the bill up and Justice Minister Amy Adams was in the process of drafting it.

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Green TaliBAN lives up to their name


What a miserable lot of lentil suckers.  This has nothing to do with Green policy, or social policy.  This is just plain spite.

The possibility of bars opening in the mornings for Rugby World Cup matches has hit a stumbling block, with the Green Party opposing ACT’s proposed Bill.

Party leader David Seymour’s Bill would allow licenced premises to be open between 4am and 8am to show the games – a time when they’re normally forbidden to open by law.

The idea has support from Labour’s leader Andrew Little, and Prime Minister John Key says there is “some logic” in it.

Mr Seymour tabled the Bill in the House this afternoon, but would not go ahead if there were any objections by other parties. He wanted it to go through to first reading and referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee for two weeks and then go through its second and third readings for the change to be in force by the start of the World Cup in September.

But the Greens have put paid to that, saying Mr Seymour has “hijacked Parliament’s time” and they wouldn’t support his “cheap gimmick”.    Read more »

Green killjoys bitter over Parliamentary rugby team

What a bunch of killjoys the Greens are opposing the traditional Parliamentary rugby tour.

The Greens are objecting to a corporate-sponsored trip for MPs to play in the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup.

Corrections minister Sam Lotu-Iiga, his colleague Commerce minister Paul Goldsmith and NZ First leader Winston Peters are among those who will skip parliamentary sessions in lieu of the September junket.

They’ll also be at the Rugby World Cup, which runs alongside the tournament.

Also on the team are Labour’s Damien O’Connor, Stuart Nash, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis, and National’s Alfred Ngaro and Mark Mitchell.

“If there are corporate lobbyists going, they have privileged access to ministers,” Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says.

It is not dissimilar to the Cabinet Club approach where there are select few who get to spend extended time with ministers and MPs.

“This isn’t the first time this has been raised.”

She added: “This is a trip to the Rugby World Cup, there is no point try to pretend that’s not what it is. And the fact that it has now been sanctioned as a parliamentary trip raises real concerns.”

In 2007, then-Prime Minister Helen Clark called for an inquiry into the Parliamentary rugby team after a trip to France.    Read more »

There is no way wogball players will ever play rugby because their hair might get messed up

This guy who wants to take rugby to the world is deluded.

There is no way wogball players will ever play rugby because their hair might get messed up.

Did you try and get tickets to this year’s Rugby World Cup? If, like me, you bid for thousands of pounds worth of seats and got nothing, you’re not alone. Competition for the event, which kicks off at Twickenham in just over three months, was fierce.

But it’s paying off – for rugby at least. The event is expected to earn a record £650 million in revenues. Money which the organisers intend to use to fund rugby’s expansion in the US, Germany and Brazil.

But while we all long for a world where rugby is the number one sport, the money shouldn’t all go towards expansion. Instead, it needs to be split between investing in emerging rugby-playing nations, and also used to support the countries that already play, especially the struggling ones.

If you take a look at world rugby rankings, in the top 10 teams, the governance and resourcing of the sport is good in nine of them: South Africa, Ireland, England, Wales, Australia, France, Argentina and Scotland. Samoa, ranked ninth, is a disaster: the game is almost a second religion there, but players are not getting paid, the infrastructure is appalling and allegations of corruption are undermining every level.   Read more »

2015 Sporting Bragging Rights

Guest Post:

A new sporting year, with some great competitions to look forward to, including two big world cups!  It could be a great year for NZ sport, or an opportunity for a NZ team to claim the age-old chokers tag which the All Blacks so famously claimed the last time the World Cup was in the Northern Hemisphere (the only time we haven’t finished in the top four).

Can you pick the winners of some of the biggest sporting events of 2015?  Do you pick with your heart or your head?  At the end of 2015 will you have the bragging rights? Use the comments to make and/or explain your choices for some or all of these big events.  Even if you know nothing about sport, have a guess, you might just beat us all!

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The teams still in the hunt:




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