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 »

The ABs v the Argies “Live”ish blog thingy

Super Rugby Final – debate post


This is the spot to talk about the game.  Before, during and after.  Please do not use Backchat.

A life ban from all sports I think

Sky, via Stuff - not of the incident

Sky TV, via Stuff – not of the incident

An Auckland referee was “blindsided” by a player during a junior rugby match today, as horrified parents rushed to the official’s aid from the sideline.

The incident, during an under-12 open grade game between Papatoetoe Rugby Football Club and Marist Eastern, horrified parents and spectators at the Papatoetoe Sports Grounds.

One parent, who was on the sideline during the match, said there had been four or five consecutive penalties against the Papatoetoe team before a head-high tackle sparked the incident ten minutes into the second half.

“There was a head-high tackle and the referee decided to yellow card the boy,” the parent who did not want to be named, told ONE News.

“[The player] was walking towards the goal posts when he turned around and gave the ref the finger.” 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 »

What a bunch of poofs

Some of my mates are hard core League fans…they will be sniggering about this.

NSW Waratahs forward Jacques Potgieter has apologised for the “offhand” homophobic slur that has resulted in a $20,000 fine from the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).

NSW’s marquee international copped the penalty – with $10,000 suspended – following allegations by Brumbies flanker and ex-Wallabies captain David Pocock during the Waratahs’ 23-18 Super Rugby win on Sunday.

The South African back-rower was referred to the ARU Integrity Unit by a SANZAR preliminary investigation into the case on Monday.

It is believed the Brumbies reported two incidents to SANZAR, alleging the word “f–t” was used to sledge two ACT players in the second half.

Potgieter admitted to making the comments.    Read more »

Photo Of The Day

“Devilish” All Blacks

“Devilish” All Blacks

“Devilish” All Blacks

This postcard was issued in 1906 showing these “Devilish” New Zealanders!

“New Costume suggested for the All Blacks” as a “Souvenir of the Winning Tour by the New Zealand Team” in 1905/1906…

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Why the saying “play the ball not the man” is gay

Yesterday I wrote a post warning of the possibility of a cult of personality inside National.

Predictably those who cannot see it came along to comment and proved such a cult exists.

Also along came those who know what is better for me and tell me, including this comment.

Oh dear, Cam the first principle is that no one has a monopoly on the truth, and you are going close to claiming that for yourself. I hope this apparent crack at the PM is not part of the plan for you to start up a new right/centrist newspaper using the success of this blog. I have always believed in not playing the man, but focussing on the ball. Yes it is stupid for PM Key to bumble through an inept explanation of the Chief of Defence Staff’s attendance at the meeting with Obama et al about ISIS, but to characterise his premiership the way you appear to be going is not persuasive. I have a question, why is it that none of the MSM are prepared to take on the leadership inadequacies of the Opposition. What do they contribute to the governance of New Zealand (I mean the senior opposition MPs of all breeds)?

Where to even begin in unravelling that confused comment?   Read more »


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 screenwritersRead more »