1. Rugby World Cup Final: New Zealand 8 France 7; All Blacks Defy Ghosts of History

    On the eve of the biggest game of his coaching career, Graham Henry was visited by four ghosts. The reality was the All Black coach couldn't sleep anyway...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 892 reads 0 comments

  2. Rugby World Cup 2011: What If the All Blacks Don't Win, Ridiculous as It Sounds?

    What if the French were to score an upset, would it be the end of the world for New Zealand? Since beating the Wallabies, New Zealand has become a land abuzz with confidence...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 629 reads 2 comments

  3. English Premiership: What Could the League Import from Their American Owners?

    Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association, has aired concerns that some league owners are keen to see the end of promotion and relegation...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 183 reads 4 comments

  4. Rugby World Cup 2011 Final: Enough Is Enough, France Do Have a Chance

    As a nation we’re collectively saying that the All Blacks have already played their final. Meanwhile the French continue searching for their best game...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 587 reads 0 comments

  5. Rugby World Cup 2011 Semifinals: The Stories That Won't Make the Newspapers

    It was a weekend that was dominated by red cards, ref’s calls and running claret. Again, the weekend’s action produced many great stories. Many of these have not made today’s newspapers...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 672 reads 0 comments

  6. Rugby: What Have Rules and Referees Done to William Webb Ellis' Game of Rugby?

    Test rugby used to be a simple game, where 15 grown men would smack the bejeebers out of each other and then, when they had run out of energy, they would focus on the ball and try to score tries...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 416 reads 1 comments

  7. Rugby World Cup Semifinals: All Blacks-Wallabies, Another Battle in This War

    When it comes to rugby there exists a fierce rivalry between Australia and New Zealand that has been stoked over the years. These two nations first played against each other in a battle of nations in 1903...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 1,479 reads 2 comments

  8. Rugby: Australia vs. New Zealand, a Tale of Two Countries, a Clash of Confidence

    "Four more years, boys." Four innocuous words that still resonate loudly in the ears of many All Blacks fans. For these four words were uttered in the closing stages of the last match these two behemoths played at a Rugby World Cup...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 719 reads 1 comments

  9. Rugby World Cup 2011 Quarterfinals: Here's the Stories That Won't Make the News

    Just before you get sick of reading reviews of the quarterfinals and start reading previews of the semis, here's a list of unfeasible murmurings that definitely won't make the newspapers...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 574 reads 3 comments

  10. Rugby World Cup 2011: Last Round for Martin Johnson's England Rugby Team

    Sorry England. As in, that was a "sorry England performance." Where no team can beat England is column centimetres generated. However, the England headlines are usually headache creators rather than cause for celebrations...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 249 reads 1 comments

  11. Rugby World Cup 2011: The Most Successful World Cup Ever?

    Rugby World Cup has now entered the knock-out phases. There's intense excitement around what lies ahead. However, rugby fans are also taking immense pleasure from the games that have already been played...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 785 reads 1 comments

  12. Rugby World Cup 2011: What to Watch for During Quarterfinals Weekend

    This year's Rugby World Cup is nearly five weeks old. We've seen 40 matches played thus far—a number of which will be etched in our minds for quite a while...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 540 reads 0 comments

  13. Dan Carter Injury Rules All Black Star Out of Rugby World Cup 2011

    During the week there was a pleasant calm that rested over New Zealand. Our national rugby team, the All Blacks, had just given an exemplary performance against France. This was a victory over our nemesis nation...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 566 reads 3 comments

  14. Rugby World Cup 2011: As the Quarterfinals Beckon, Who Will Make the Last 8?

    There’s eight games left in the pool phase of this year’s rugby World Cup. Rugby fans will soon be facing the doldrums as we enter the quarterfinals and the surfeit of rugby starts evaporating...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about 3 years ago 451 reads 2 comments

  15. Rugby World Cup: French Fail to Storm Eden Park Fortress as All Blacks Win 37-17

    What a fantastic performance from the All Blacks. Accuracy. Efficiency. Every player turned up and demonstrated why they’ve been selected in the top team. The All Black's impressive record at Auckland's Eden Park remains intact...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about over 3 years ago 292 reads 0 comments

  16. Rugby World Cup 2011: 10 Lessons Learnt, a Light-Hearted Review Thus Far

    A New Zealand rugby fan shares what he's learnt at this year's rugby world cup. (1) A lot of teams are good at scrummaging . Someone somewhere has made a bundle selling scrum machines to minnow nations...

    Azzurri NZ Written by Azzurri NZ about over 3 years ago 543 reads 8 comments