All Blacks

He’s right…it was gay, so was his apologising

Just because some snowflakes get upset and outraged doesn’t mean that people should apologise.

All Black Lima Sopoaga posted this picture and comment on Instagram:

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Ridiculous, this man shouldn’t have a firearms licence, but a dud Judge gives it back

Andrew Hore is a cowboy. He has a poor record with firearms and he has just had his firearms licence reinstated.

He is once again a fit and proper person to own firearms. It is a ridiculous situation, not helped by idiot Police prosecutors.

Former All Black Andrew Hore has won his court battle to have his firearms licence reinstated despite a judge’s concerns over his attitude to shooting and alcohol.

The ex-Highlanders hooker was stripped of his licence in October 2015 following an incident five months earlier when 25-year-old Daniel Parker sustained a gunshot wound while duck shooting on Mr Hore’s Ranfurly farm known as “Stonehenge”.

The six-strong hunting party told authorities a firearm had fallen from the back of a quad bike and accidentally discharged, but police were sceptical about the explanation.

He took his case to the Dunedin District Court last year and Judge Michael Crosbie released his judgement yesterday overruling the police decision.

The judge was particularly critical of the police case, which saw them decline to cross-examine Mr Hore or anyone  who wrote affidavits in his support.

The only person called to give evidence at the November hearing was Inspector Olaf Jensen, who relied on the assessment of two ambulance officers who attended the 2015 incident.

“That was a significant shortcoming in this appeal and the approach taken by the police on appeal appeared half-hearted,” Judge Crosbie said.

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Not even a single All Black in the room at the Halbergs?

It was halfway through the Halberg Awards on Thursday night that the realisation hit me.

The realisation that my previously-held, fairly half-hearted contention was more right than I first thought.

That being the realisation that the All Blacks should at the very least have been included in the finalists in the Team of the Year category as Steve Hansen was for Coach of the Year.

It surprised me there were no All Blacks among the prize winners, but I didn’t know they weren’t even nominated.   As a result, they weren’t even in the room.   Read more »

How bizarre

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says it’s bizarre that a long-serving security consultant has been charged over the listening device found in the team’s Sydney hotel last year.

A 51-year man is due to appear in Waverley Local Court in Sydney on March 21 charged with public mischief. Read more »

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All Blacks and doping – the kind of mud that must not stick

Patrick Tuipulotu has tested positive for a banned substance.  And the All Blacks have gone into a media lock-down.

In a joint statement, NZR and the Rugby Players Association said the 24-year-old lock forward was provisionally suspended, according to World Rugby Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations, after learning of the test in November 2016. Read more »

France v New Zealand

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Bonjour!

Finally a game at a sensible time.  You should be getting ready with the croissants and deep rich cup of caffeine.

Game starts 9:05 – pop the bragging guesses in before game start.

Remember, no game chat of any kind in General Debate, even when the game is already complete.  Some people may be watching it delayed.  Thaaaaaaaaank U!

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Ireland v New Zealand

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BMW’s SBW PR disaster spreads

Sonny Bill Williams in his BMW with the missus in the back seat where she belongs

Sonny Bill Williams in his BMW with the missus in the back seat where she belongs

Back at the end of October we wrote about BMW appointing known supporter of Islamic terrorism, Sonny Bill Williams, as their brand ambassador.

Many people posted on their Facebook page and now the issue has spread to the LGBT community, who are upset that SBW associated with known anti-gay Islami activists and to the wider motoring community.

Of more concern to BMW, probably, is that SBW is now in conflict with his All Black sponsors, Ford.

The core issue is BMW New Zealand having recently announced it has named the rugby and rugby league icon as a brand ambassador.

The deal provisions the player, presently recuperating from injury, with one of the brand’s more elite products, the $161,000 xDrive 50i, the flagship of the X5 sports utility range.

That arrangement has since been criticised by BMW owners – whose concerns have ranged from how Williams dresses and is perceived to act in public to his religious and perceived political choices – and an on-line commentator, a reaction that the brand now admits it was unprepared for.  

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All Blacks v Ireland (Chicago USA!)

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Morning fellow multi-screening tragics.  Join others here while you’re watching the game and getting through your eggs bennie.  Or pie.  Or toast.  We’re not proud.

No game scores in General Debate please, even after the game is done.  Some people may want to watch delayed.

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Karl du Fresne on the Aaron Smith saga

Another sensible bit of commentary from Karl du Fresne.

The tut-tutters who clucked their tongues over All Black Aaron Smith’s tryst in an airport toilet must have been startled by the number of voices raised in his defence.

The Mother Grundys were almost outgunned by Smith’s defenders, who recognised that this affair was different in vital respects from other recent furores involving delinquent rugby players.

Public outrage should be reserved for incidents that justify it, such as the vicious assaults perpetrated by the rising rugby star Losi Filipo.

Smith’s airport encounter involved no violence or coercion. As far as we know, the woman was a willing partner.

The incident also differed crucially from the Waikato Chiefs’ end-of-season revelry involving a stripper. Although the stripper appears to have been a consenting party, at least initially, she was a lone woman surrounded by men – big, intimidating men. It was hardly what you would call a level playing field.

So: Smith’s liaison involved no nastiness. And it was one-on-one – a case of two adults indulging in consensual behaviour behind a closed door. A victimless crime, in other words.

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