Rugby

Carlin Isles – bored with sevens, having a crack at the NFL. Here’s why.

Will Labour ban funding to this charter school as well?

Labour and the teacher unions hate charter schools and Labour  has promised to ban them and repeal the legislation.

But will they ban funding to this charter school?

For diplomatic reasons he might have a big problem with halting the following. MFAT via the NZ Embassy in Washington annually pays US$10k to outfit aspirational rugby players at a charter school in one of DC’s ‘meanest’ suburbs.

The secret was already weighing on him as the team bus pulled out of Washington and headed north.

Tal Bayer, coach of one of the District’s most unlikely athletic success stories, sat at the front, his pale bald head a beacon to his roster of two dozen teenagers. He called them his boys, and the physical expression of their relationship — cleats, gym bags, rugby balls — were strewn all over the bus.

Bayer liked taking his rugby players out of the city, where so many of their lives are defined by struggle. “Every mile you get away from D.C., away from school, from the pressures of home, you can see the kids open up,” he said.

It was early March, and the Pride rugby team was headed to Philadelphia for its first real test of the season. Bayer had been making these trips since founding the program 14 years ago at what was then Hyde Leadership Public Charter and is now Perry Street Prep Public Charter. Pride is one of the only high school squads in the country composed entirely of black players, an inspirational story that in recent years had intrigued documentary filmmakers and Hollywood screenwriters.  Read more »

Scoring a try while unconscious

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Fats is dead, RIP

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Peter Fatialofa, Auckland and Samoan rugby legend has died.

Popular Samoan rugby identity Peter Fatialofa has died. He was aged 54.

Reports say Fatialofa was taken ill suddenly and died this morning. It is understood Fatialofa had a heart attack while driving in Samoa and died while be attended by ambulance staff.

Twitter was abuzz with shock amongst the Samoan and general rugby communities.

Fatialofa played for Manu Samoa between 1988 and 1996, making 34 test appearances.    Read more »

Who needs rugby players to play rugby?

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Ruslan Casey puts a massive hit on a St. Pauls Collegiate player

‘Canes find consistency with Gareth Morgan

Two games, two losses. At least Gareth Morgan has brought some consistency to the Hurricanes from the Phoenix.

Now holding a 0-2 record, Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett admitted he had a sorely dejected dressing room.

The Hurricanes were edged out 18-12 by the Reds in Brisbane.

Mistakes from both sides created a dour encounter, with Hurricanes skipper Conrad Smith left frustrated.  Read more »

Simple stuff too hard for “decent journalists, trained and skilled”

In the online Herald last night:

“Blues centre Rene Ranger is said to be on his way to French club Montpellier.

According to a report on Sky’s Reunion tonight, Ranger, who played three tests for the All Blacks in 2010, will leave the Blues at the end of the season.

It is curious timing from the 26-year-old, as he had a great chance to return to the All Blacks fold this year in the absence of Richard Kahui, who is leaving for Japan, and Conrad Smith, who is said to be taking a sabbatical at the end of the year.  Read more »

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Sir Wilson Whineray passed away yesterday aged 77:

from Wikipedia

Sir Wilson James Whineray, KNZM, OBE (10 July 1935 – 22 October 2012) was a former business executive and the longest-serving captain of the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby union team. Rugby writer T.P. (Terry) McLean considered him the All Blacks’ greatest captain.