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Sir Michael Jones recalls Tuigamala handshake for Super Rugby’s Wellbeing Round

Rugby is encouraging communities across the country to connect this week with a cast of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa’s star players joining Sir La’auli Michael Jones in showing how something as simple as a handshake can support wellbeing and mental fitness. Players from the Highlanders, Crusaders, Hurricanes, Chiefs and Blues have shared some of their personalised handshakes to launch the third installment of […]

First Polynesian-owned club to play in Major League Rugby

The first ever Māori and Polynesian owned and operated professional rugby club is expected to start in America’s Major League Rugby competition next year. Based in Oahu, Hawaii, the team’s called Kanaloa Hawaii Rugby, and among its backers are former All Blacks including Anthony Tuitavake, Ben Atiga, John Afoa, Jerome Kaino and Joe Rokocoko. Club […]

‘Samoan Huskies’ look to make waves in the NZNBL

The New Zealand Basketball League has thrown its hat into the mix of sports leagues to restart since the Covid-19 lockdown. We caught up with the new Auckland franchise, who have a strong Samoan connection…

Pacific rugby players gearing up for Super Rugby Aotearoa

Super Rugby teams are returning to the field this weekend after a two month hiatus, although things will be a little different this time round.

Gallagher Chiefs ‘raring to go’ ahead of Super Rugby Aotearoa

Our reporter John Pulu talks with Nepo Laulala and Kini Naholo from the Chiefs about how they coped during lockdown and what they think about the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

Young athletes still waiting for community sports to kick off

While the first of New Zealand’s professional sports teams The Warriors start their season in Australia tonight, local community sports clubs are still waiting for the green light to play. While it’s unclear how long the country will be under its current Covid-19 restrictions, young athletes are patiently waiting for their return back to club sport.

Elle Temu soars in lockdown training

Cook Islander Elle Temu is earmarked as a player to watch out for when the ANZ Premiership resumes later this year. The Central Pulse Defender has been training alongside her partner and Warriors player Isaiah Papali'i during lockdown, a move that's seen her get fitter. Johnson Raela with this story.

Pacific rugby players open up about mental health struggles

Pacific Rugby Players Welfare have released the third episode in their ‘Oceans Apart’ series, this time with a lens on mental health. Mental Health – Oceans Apart Series #3 features former All Black Ben Atiga, former Fiji 7s Coach Benjamin Ryan, former Fiji Rugby Captain Netani Talei and former Fiji Rugby Hooker Sunia Koto, with […]

Lockdown: Joseph Parker recreates The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is back with his latest lockdown video - 'The Rocky Horror Picture at Joe's'.Featuring a few of his famous friends showing their Time Warp dance moves including All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea, Kiwis league playmaker Shaun Johnson, World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and his netball star wife Kayla Johnson.Too good!