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Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua to join new Super Rugby competition in 2022

In a significant step forward for Pacific Island rugby, Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua have been granted conditional licences to join a planned new professional competition next year, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced today. The NZR Board’s decision to approve licences is a major step toward the two Pasifika teams joining NZR’s existing five Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa […]

Powerlifting champ Karlina Tongotea combines medicine with might

At just 28 years old, 'Beauty and Brains' is being re-invented by GP and New Zealand Powerlifting Champion Karlina Tongotea.

Jerome Kaino launches underwear brand with body positivity campaign

Former All Black and international rugby player Jerome Kaino has launched a new underwear brand for men called Mint Wear with two childhood friends from South Auckland. Kaino, creative director Bayon Kim and managing director Rocky Lokeni developed Mint Wear after struggling to find underwear that fit their different lifestyles. The brand launched with a […]

On the red carpet: Halberg Awards Decade Champions

 Last night’s ISPS Handa Halberg Awards celebrated New Zealand sporting achievements of the decade. While the three Pasifika nominees – Dame Valerie Adams, Gabrielle Fa’amausili and Maddison-Lee Wesche – were absent on the night, we caught up with fellow Pasifika sporting greats on the red carpet to celebrate the finalists’ achievements. Dame Valerie Adams […]

World Rugby to help fund two new Pacific Island Super Rugby teams

World Rugby has agreed to spend more than $7 million over the next three years to support the establishment of two new Pacific Island Super Rugby teams. By RNZ The Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika were announced in November as New Zealand Rugby’s preferred partners to join an expanded 12-team competition in 2022, subject to […]

Savea brothers embarking on Samoan language journey to build cultural connection

Julian Savea has revealed he and brother Ardie are learning to speak Samoan ahead of this weekend’s Mana Moana themed round of Super Rugby Aotearoa. By Finlay Dunseath and Joe Porter for rnz.co.nz Returning to the Hurricanes set-up this year ater spending a three year spell with Toulon in France, fan favourite and former All Blacks […]

Major signing as Tuungafasi extends time with Blues and NZR until 2024

All Blacks and Blues prop Ofa Tuungafasi has signed a new contract with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and his Blues club. In what is a major re-signing, Tuungafasi will stay in New Zealand until 2024, which makes him the first All Black to reconfirm his allegiance to New Zealand beyond the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The […]

Defying the odds: Open heart surgery survivor turn fitness fanatic

Second chances in life are rare, so when you literally are given one what do you do?Our reporter Soana Aholelei caught up with fitness fanatic Peneueta Nu'uali'itia - Wetta to his friends - who quit two packets of cigarettes a day and took up bodybuilding on his road to recovery.

New leadership hoping to breathe life into Wellington rugby league

The impacts of Covid-19 has sporting codes across the country struggling to stay afloat. But even before the pandemic, Wellington Rugby League player numbers were on a rapid decline.But with new leadership and a community keen to get playing again, league in the region looks set to return back to their glory days. Johnson Raela with this story.