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RIP - Frank Oliver

Mar 19 2014 09:05 AM | Victor Meldrew

Sad day. One of the hardest men to pull on the black shirt, I wrote a piece about Frank Oliver yonks ago for Bartman & the Silver Fern. I've dug it out for posterity "Frank Oliver Came into the All Blacks at a time when NZ forward play was lagging behind the NH and instilled some serious hardness to the team. Very much an engine-room lock forward, he was as hard as nails and gave no quarter. Never dirty, but impossible to intimidate, he was in the Robin Brooke/Keith Robinson mould. “...

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Six Nations talk

Mar 12 2014 08:50 PM | Luigi

Whichever way it ends up I'm pretty pleased with England's progress. We got killed by the bounce of the ball and typical gallic insouciance against France, but rallied with tough wins against Ireland and Wales, albeit at home. I didn't think there would be a grand slam this year and although it would have been great to be in a position to get one against Italy this weekend, I think the loss against France keeps us honest for next year. There's a certain symmetry to the years leading up to 20...

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NRL: Warriors - 2014 preview

Feb 07 2014 11:58 AM | Sneakdefreak

The 2014 pre-season for the Warriors kicks off at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday when the side faces the Gold Coast Titans and next week tries to win the first Auckland Nines competition at Eden Park. On paper, and it seems always on paper, the Warriors have one of the deepest rosters in the National Rugby League. While there are some positions to be filled by those who departed after the 2013 season, the deserters are hardly irreplaceable. The 2014 season will come down to whether coach Ma...

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Robber Barons hijack world cricket

Jan 29 2014 05:18 PM | Siam

The tragedy of this proposal is the bottom figure in the table - Associates going from approx 500 mill to 200 mill. Basically the BCCI hoovering up that money These are all the countries you never here about including Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland and a few others on the world stage in t20 and world cups In Thailand for example, the money they get now (from the ACC which comes from the ICC) means simply that cricket has grown tremendously in the last 10 years - ditto for Nepal, Myanmar, Ch...

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2013 TEAM OF THE YEAR - Team Announced. "10...

Dec 29 2013 12:28 PM | booboo

100% PURE READ New Zealand Number 8 and part time All Blacks captain Kieran Read’s stellar year has once again been recognised, this time by his naming in the prestigious thesilverfern.com Team of the Year with unanimous acclaim. The ninth annual edition of the team, voted for by international contributors to the respected website, was once again dominated by the World Number 1 ranked New Zealand All Blacks, Read joining eight team mates in the XV, as well as 3 members of the successful Bri...

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Sid's Second annual Springbok report card

Nov 25 2013 08:19 PM | SidBarret

So it is that time of year again where we look back on the year that was. I wanted to copy the format of last year's post, but couldn't find any excuses and frankly there was little need for them. The springbok record read 10 wins from 12 games, 47 tries scored with 19 conceded, 404 points scored to 192. With a record like that it is easy to get carried away with the good or to fixate on the two losses, neither of which tell much of a story. No complaints If Heyneke could pick a perfect...

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