Crusaders

They are rugby players not a bunch of blouses

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A bunch of squeamish limp-dicked wowsers are happening scorn on Crusader rugby players because they dared to enjoy a spot of hunting…legally, shooting legal game animals, with legal permits, and legal guides.

If these blokes stepped out of the bush in New Zealand with a 12 pointer Red stag, a massive Captain Cooker and few goats to feed the dogs wearing nothing but boots, shorts and a swannie then we’d be calling them good keen blokes.

Pictures of Crusaders rugby players on a hunting trip in South Africa are being used by an environmental organisation in its fight against what it calls canned, or joyride, hunting.

The players shown in the four pictures posted by the Landmark Foundation on its Facebook page were Tom Taylor, George and Sam Whitelock, Ben Funnell and Tyler Bleyendaal. In each picture, one or more of the players was posing beside a dead animal. The animals were a zebra, a blesbok, a gemsbok and an eland.

Foundation director Dr Bool Smuts said none of the animals involved were endangered and he expected the hunting was legal.

But his foundation was “against the whole concept of trophy hunting”.

“If it was a biological intervention on a professional basis … for management of species and biodiversity we can understand that,” Smuts said.

“When these people (hunters) come out they want to hunt the thing with the biggest horns, the most dominant males usually because they are the good trophies, so the natural selection is not natural at all.”

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Guildford to return to rugby after turning down Black Caps Contract

His compelling form for getting drunk and making a c*nt of himself means he was on the New Zealand Cricket radar. Instead he appears to have turned down a cricket contract in favour of paying rugby again.

Zac Guildford has been cleared to play for his Hawke’s Bay rugby club Napier Tech this weekend but a decision is yet to be made on his Crusaders future.

Guildford agreed to withdraw from the Crusaders indefinitely in January after a recent alcohol-related incident in which he allegedly assaulted a party-goer in Christchurch. It was the latest in a series of misdemeanours involving alcohol and he underwent an intensive treatment programme and an NZRU statement said he has now committed to a continuing care plan.? Read more »

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Sports Talk: Super Rugby / RefCam

Super 15:?Hurricanes 29 Crusaders 28

The Hurricanes crept home last night over the Crusaders in a hotly contested match in Wellington with a well timed intercept try in the last 10 minutes by?Alapati Leiua to clinch a 1 point lead after being 6 points down. A missed drop goal by Dan Carter failed to put the Crusaders back in front and never got another realistic chance after that.

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This is RefCam, a new initiative to take fans even closer to the action and perhaps bring closer scrutiny to the game. New Zealand referee Chris Pollock was the first match official to wear the HD camera during a Super 15 game between?Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs last month. SANZAR will be reviewing the RefCam coverage to consider its broader implementation. 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 »

The very last person you’d ask

Trevor Mallard has given us Labour’s opinion on a temporary stadium for the people of Christchurch.

Labour’s sport and recreation spokesman Trevor Mallard says the city does need a sports stadium, but he believes National is moving too quickly.

“I think I would’ve preferred them to wait six months to see if the situation stabilised and they could do something on a permanent basis.”

Mallard is the last person we should be askling for advice on stadia.

He cost us the RWC in 2003 because he refused clean stadiums, and then he proposed a $1billion 8 story wall of concrete on Auckland’s waterfront, and threatened to take the Rugby World Cup to Christchurch if Auckland didn’t get’s its act sorted. If he’d had his way then all preparations for the RWC would have bbeen in a stadium that fell down after the February earthquake.

Now he wants the residents of Christchurch to “wait”….is this his idea of nobbling a leadership challenge from Cosgrove? Or spiking Cunliffe’s aspirations by nobbling his running mate Dalziel?

One thing is for sure his announcement makes it look like Labour doesn’t care about Christchurch anymore.

Even Annette King hates on the people of Christchurch:

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