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Prendergast and Gowler win first gold for New Zealand at Tokyo Olympics

Victory comes a day after the pair, only the third Kiwi women to win Olympic gold in rowing, regained their world recordGrace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler have won New Zealand’s first gold of the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s coxless pairs.The rowers o…

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‘A golden age of cricket in New Zealand’: new world Test champions lauded after win

PM Jacinda Ardern leads praise for Kane Williamson’s sideBlack Caps win inaugural World Test Championship final New Zealanders are celebrating after the Black Caps were crowned world Test cricket champions on a dramatic sixth day of the final against I…

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Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will be first trans athlete to compete at Olympics

Hubbard has been included in New Zealand’s weightlifting team‘I am grateful and humbled,’ says 43-year-old in statementThe New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to make history and headlines, plus a considerable amount of controversy, after be…

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New Zealand Rugby moves closer to selling off stake in All Blacks

Provincial unions give green light for NZ$387.5m dealProposal still needs consent of players’ union to go aheadNew Zealand Rugby has moved a step closer to selling a stake in the game after the nation’s provincial unions voted unanimously to give the g…

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UFC star Israel Adesanya under fire for ‘rape’ comment

New Zealand’s deputy PM Grant Robertson condemns remark‘We have to take rape seriously,’ says NZ deputy primer ministerNew Zealand’s deputy prime minister has condemned UFC champion Israel Adesanya’s comment that he would “rape” a fellow fighter.“Bro, …

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NZ teenager Robinson pips Shiffrin in final World Cup race of season

19-year-old takes victory in giant slalom at LenzerheideOverall champion Petra Vlhova ends race in 11th placeAn aggressive second run lifted teenager Alice Robinson ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin to win a giant slalom that ended the women’s World Cup ski se…

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New Zealand scrambles to keep America’s Cup in home waters after ‘rocketship’ wins

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern leads calls to keep team togetherTNZ retain Auld Mug with 7-3 win over Italians Luna RossaNew Zealand is acting swiftly to keep the America’s Cup in home waters after a fourth triumph in the world’s oldest sporting competi…

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New Zealand scrambles to keep America’s Cup in home waters after ‘rocketship’ wins

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern leads calls to keep team togetherTNZ retain Auld Mug with 7-3 win over Italians Luna RossaNew Zealand is acting swiftly to keep the America’s Cup in home waters after a fourth triumph in the world’s oldest sporting competi…

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Team New Zealand on brink of America’s Cup victory after race nine win

TNZ move into 6-3 lead before racing in Auckland abandonedAuld Mug can be secured when racing resumes on WednesdayTeam New Zealand moved within one race win of a second successive America’s Cup triumph but their hopes of sealing the match on Tuesday di…

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Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand set to be delayed for a year

World Rugby acts after talks with NZ governmentCovid quarantine requirements a factorThe Women’s Rugby World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by New Zealand, has been postponed until 2022 because of the “insurmountable challenges” created by the Covid-19 pa…

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Dan Carter hangs up his boots as a study in sporting greatness | Michael Aylwin

‘Best of all time’ discussions are a futile pursuit but no player has greater claim to such a title than the All Blacks legendIn any sport, debates about the greatest of all time are almost constant and, for that reason alone, impossibly tedious – the …

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Farah Palmer: New Zealand Rugby’s chance for a fresh start | Matt McIlraith

With modesty, humility and transparency, the former Black Ferns captain is a leading contender to become the next chair of NZRFarah Palmer is many things. A Rugby World Cup-winning captain. A national representative for a decade. Associate dean and sen…

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Six Pakistan cricket players test positive for Covid-19 in New Zealand

Several team members caught breaching rulesExemption to train while in isolation revokedSix Pakistan cricketers have tested positive for Covid-19 and the whole squad issued with a “final warning” by the New Zealand government after breaching rules whil…

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Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021: England drawn in pool with France

Holders and hosts New Zealand in group with AustraliaCanada and USA drawn together at ceremony in AucklandTop-ranked England and France have been drawn in the same pool for next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, while the hosts and holders, New Zealand, …

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Argentina down All Blacks for first time in historic Tri-Nations upset

New Zealand 15-25 ArgentinaNicolás Sánchez scores all 25 points in famous victoryInspired Argentina defeated the All Blacks for the first time in their history to blow the Tri-Nations title race wide open.Led ferociously by flanker and captain Pablo Ma…

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‘They have to stick to the rules’: West Indies cricketers sanctioned after New Zealand quarantine breaches

CCTV catches players sharing meals and minglingSquad banned from training and confined to roomsThe West Indies cricket squad will be banned from training and confined to hotel rooms after committing multiple breaches of New Zealand quarantine rules. Ne…

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John Reid obituary

A superb cricketing all-rounder who was the captain and mainstay of the New Zealand team in the 1950s and 60sJohn Reid, who has died aged 92, was in large part responsible for establishing New Zealand as a respected force in world cricket. A superb all…

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Jacinda Ardern: All Blacks will not be granted quarantine leave pass

Team face spending Christmas in isolationPlayers ‘uncomfortable’ with special treatmentNew Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water on the All Blacks’ hopes of avoiding Christmas in quarantine after the Rugby Championship, saying t…

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Christmas in quarantine: All Blacks cry foul over Rugby Championship schedule

Final Bledisloe Cup Test to be played on 12 DecemberNew Zealand Rugby say they did not agree to date changeNew Zealand rugby officials are “disappointed” over the Rugby Championship schedule, saying they did not agree to a change in dates which could m…

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Super Rugby players sent home but still hoping to play last game despite Covid lockdown

Blues’ final match in Auckland on Sunday is sold outCurrent restrictions in place until at least FridayThe Blues have sent their players home ahead of a lockdown in Auckland due to a new outbreak of Covid-19 in the region but are hopeful their sold-out…