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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian storyJaiyah Saelua is a footballer first.The first openly transgender wo…

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‘We did it’: Joy and relief as Australia and New Zealand celebrate Women’s World Cup bid success

‘We freakin’ did it,’ says Matildas captain Sam KerrResult hailed as a ‘tremendous and exciting step forward’Australia and New Zealand were celebrating on Friday as the nations awoke to the news that their joint bid had won the race to host the 2023 Wo…

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Australia and New Zealand’s winning Women’s World Cup bid is a moment of optimism for football

Hosting the Fifa tournament will also open the door to the greatest untapped commercial market in world football: AsiaIn 2015, when France was announced as the host for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the dramatic reveal of the envelope was met with little…

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Australia and New Zealand win race to host Women’s World Cup in 2023

Joint bid sees off challenge from ColombiaResult confirmed by Fifa council vote Australia and New Zealand have won the vote to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, despite the outsiders Colombia having tightened the race as the decision drew close.The neig…

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Women’s World Cup: winning bid to hold contest would bring $500m boost to Australia and New Zealand

Joint bid for 2023 tournament to be decided this week and would offer chance of soft diplomacyAustralia and New Zealand’s push to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup could result in diplomatic gains with China and other Asian countries, and long-term trade…

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Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup bid boosted after Japan ‘withdraws’

Japanese media reports country has decided against hosting 2023 competition, leaving only Colombia and joint Australia-NZ bid in the runningAustralia and New Zealand’s joint bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has taken a significant step forward af…

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Shoulder to shoulder, New Zealand rugby fans cheer the return of crowds to live sport

In the week Jacinda Ardern declared the country coronavirus-free, going to the game was the icing on the cake “This is what we’ve been waiting for! This is what we’ve been waiting for!” yells a young rugby fan as he plunges his shoulder into the stampe…

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Shoulder to shoulder, New Zealand rugby fans cheer the return of crowds to live sport

In the week Jacinda Ardern declared the country coronavirus-free, going to the game was the icing on the cake “This is what we’ve been waiting for! This is what we’ve been waiting for!” yells a young rugby fan as he plunges his shoulder into the stampe…

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Shoulder to shoulder, New Zealand rugby fans cheer the return of crowds to live sport

In the week Jacinda Ardern declared the country coronavirus-free, going to the game was the icing on the cake “This is what we’ve been waiting for! This is what we’ve been waiting for!” yells a young rugby fan as he plunges his shoulder into the stampe…

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‘Bring our boys back home’: rugby team from Tonga trapped in New Zealand due to Covid-19

The 29-strong squad have been sleeping on the floor of an Auckland church and surviving off donated food after Tonga closed its bordersSign up to the coronavirus in the Pacific weekly briefing to your inboxFor the past six weeks, the days have followed…

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Half of New Zealand Rugby staff face redundancy amid $NZ7m lockdown loss

Despite the likely return of the sport in June, 50% of the 180 staff will lose their jobs and others will be forced to reapply for rolesCoronavirus latest updatesThe looming return of rugby will come too late to stop severe job losses at New Zealand Ru…

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Des Buckingham: ‘We showed what New Zealand can do on a world stage’

English coach followed Under-20 World Cup success by qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics but lost his job last weekThere is a word that Des Buckingham, during almost six years working in New Zealand, has used as a mantra to live by. In the Maori language…

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Michael Fatialofa walking unaided as recovery from spinal injury continues

Worcester lock required surgery after injury in JanuaryFatialofa’s wife posts video of his progress on InstagramThe Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa is able to walk unaided as he continues his recovery from a serious spinal cord injury that required su…

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Silver Ferns beat England Roses 64-48 in first netball international of 2020

Coach Noeline Taurua got all players out on court in a match where NZ were without four key veteransThe Silver Ferns have beaten the England Roses netball team 64-48 in their first international of 2020.Without retired Maria Folau and Casey Korpua, and…

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Hull KR prop Mose Masoe will not play again after suffering spinal injury

Masoe suffered injury during pre-season game at Wakefield30-year-old recovering after undergoing emergency surgeryHull KR prop Mose Masoe suffered a “career-ending” spinal injury in Sunday’s pre-season game against Wakefield, head coach Tony Smith has …

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Sir Peter Snell obituary

Supremely strong middle-distance runner who was the last man to win 800m and 1500m gold medals at the same OlympicsThe New Zealander Peter Snell, who has died of a heart attack aged 80, was a colossus in the world of athletics who won three Olympic gol…