The familiar sights and sounds returned on 11 October when the New Zealand rugby team performed the ‘Kapa o Pango’ – the haka used by the New Zealand national rugby union team.
Around 31,000 witnessed the spirit of Haka from their national team.
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The image of fans without masks cheering on three-time world champion New Zealand has attracted a lot of attention on social media.
The second match in Auckland attracted around 46,000 supporters.
The crowd may be due to New Zealand’s success in fighting COVID-19, after appearing to have eradicated community transmission of the new coronavirus earlier this year following a strict national lockdown.
New Zealand take on Australia in the Bledisloe Cup – a series of four Trials played from October to November. The first rugby union test after a seven month absence due to the pandemic, at Sky Stadium in Wellington ended in a 16-16 draw.
In the second leg, the All Blacks provided a 27-7 win which extended their 34-year winning streak over the Wallabies at Eden Park in Auckland. The third match will take place at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on 31 October, followed by the fourth and final match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 7 November.
A venture on a Pacific Island has expressed frustration after being abandoned New Zealand Rugby from next year Super Rugby competition.
NZR confirms HeraldsVery popular report New Zealand Super Rugby will be back next year, with the addition of a final, and hopes of holding a crossover match with five Australian teams.
The NZR Board voted against adding to the Pacific side next year because of concerns around its immediate competitiveness in such a tight time frame, and insufficient company support to prove a sustainable future.
Wallabies assistant coach Scott Wisemantel speaks to the media
However, the national body will continue to submit separate bids from Moana Pasifika and Kanaloa Hawaii for one of the three additional teams from 2022.
However, Kanaloa Hawaii chief executive Tracy Atiga was adamant that her team was ready for next season and called the NZR bidding process “shady” and “challenging”.
“We have the facilities and the stadium, it’s just a matter of getting big results to keep going,” Atiga said Newshub.
“What we need is something in writing that states a five-year license, so that our group of investors and sponsors can say ‘great we’re joining’.
“The bidding process is difficult because we only have eight days to make an offer.”
Atiga said he was not sure where his team, which was supported by the former All BlackJerome Kaino and Joe Rokocoko, took part in the competition.
“For eight weeks we negotiated back and forth, in my opinion there was not much transparency about which groups advanced and which did not.
“From what we know, we’ve all grown, and it’s a bit strange for a tender offer. Usually you find out halfway whether you are a preferred provider or not and then you have more leverage to work with the group, but that was not the case in this case.
NZR wants to add a “minimum” of three teams from 2022, with several competitors: Kanaloa Hawaii, Moana Pasifika, Fiji Drua, South China Lion a team based in the Bay of Plenty, and Western Force, supported by Western Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest.
Atiga said waiting until 2022 was not an option.
“If the NZR is serious, they’ll issue a license … now or never.”
Pacific Rugby Player Welfare chief executive Dan Leo also called on the NZR for Pasifika’s humiliation.
“NZ Rugby has abandoned the idea of a sixth ‘Pasifika’ Super team, breaking a clear promise that no question, it will be an added Pacific team – as recommended by the Aratipu Report,” Leo wrote on Twitter.
“NZR reason: Pasifika Super Rugby 2021 will not be competitive. But the window for defending a competitive Pasifika team in New Zealand is now and the next three months with so many players squeezed in the northern hemisphere. After Covid was fixed, that window was closed.
“In contrast, the Pasifika team may have to fight for an NZ slot in 2022 with a Bay of Plenty-based ‘China bid’ reportedly paid for by former The Blues financier Murray Bolton and support from Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest.
“It’s hard to believe that in 2018 the same New Zealand Government saw the Pasifika team as ‘a diplomatic force to counter Chinese influence in the Pacific… rugby will help distance hearts and minds from China, which fills the region with money for influence’. “
NZR chairman Brent Impey defended his organization’s Super Rugby plans, saying the national body would continue to make separate bids from Moana Pasifika and Kanaloa Hawaii for one of three additional teams from 2022.
“We are still committed to crossing the line at some point but the board believes we have to do this right,” said Impey.
“The board is not satisfied that any of the applicants at this point can get the team or provide the necessary financial guarantees. The last thing we want is for any team to step in and get crushed. Yes, there are teams that want a license for 2021 but we assume that neither on the pitch nor off the pitch is ready. “
She may have played four tests for the Wallabies, but is an Australian whore Brandon Paenga-Amosa hasn’t forgotten its Kiwi roots.
For that reason, you can forgive him for enjoying the prospect of fighting back All Black in less than two weeks.
With the Bledisloe Cup opening test taking place Wellington on October 11, Paenga-Amosa said joy was overflowing inside the fledgling Wallabies camp as they remained at the Christchurch quarantine facility.
Dave Rennie and Ned Hanigan take on the media
“We have a lot of young players, which is nice to see,” said Paenga-Amosa. “Nice to meet Dave [head coach Rennie] and the coaching staff encourages many boys to wear jerseys.
“There is a lot to fight over, so, of course, there is a very positive environment, and also a very competitive environment, and that is what encourages everyone on the team, in my opinion, to train him better. and get a lot more from each other. “
That competitive advantage will be seen on Tuesday when Rennie’s men resume training in small groups after completing a mandatory three-day period of self-isolation.
It would be safe to assume the Wallabies’ set pieces will be at the forefront of upcoming training sessions, with newly appointed assistant coach Geoff Parling admitting work needs to be done there before the first test of the year.
“We were just together [for] four days of actual training so far, so the first part is just getting our basics and principles right, ”the first English and England and Ireland Lion keywords.
“I’m implementing a new system that the players have to accelerate, and the expectation going into this week is that there will be less pressure to start executing and fix things.
“I will appreciate during the season, maybe some standards are not what we wanted, but on the other hand you can probably say some defensive work is very good, so it works both ways, but the group As far as I know, I am brilliant.
“Very involved, very impressed with the many men there, good mix of some experiences and some young people, but the whole group seems very hungry and eager to get stuck.”
Among those fighting on the front lines AU Super Rugby is Paenga-Amosa, which is part of the fault Red the forward who stuttered at the set piece on his way to a grand final defeat against Brumbies earlier this month.
However, the 24-year-old confirmed his belief in the new system brought by Parling from the Melbourne Rebels.
“I think, to be honest, for the Reds, it’s back in our system. There are many different things, many different things that contribute to the success of our line and also the failure of our line, “said Paenga-Amosa.
“Come here, I am happy. It’s a very different structure to what I’m used to, but I’m happy to go straight for it and I know the lads take it all. It is sure to be of interest to each of us. “
He added: “I support our system here at Wallabies. I support our lineout. I definitely support it and hopefully we can continue to get higher counts and higher reps in training to be successful in terms of play. “
Hoping his team’s front line will shine and be ready to feature on October 11, there is more at stake for Paenga-Amosa than just being part of a new appearance, a well-trained forward.
Born in Auckland, he acknowledged his relationship New Zealand stay strong, labeling himself “Kiwi at heart”.
It’s no surprise, then, to see him considering playing the All Blacks, something he hasn’t done since making his international debut four years ago, as something “will mean everything ”.
“If I get the chance, it will be great. It will be huge for me, personally, ”said Paenga-Amosa.
“Being a Kiwi at heart, being a Kiwi, will mean a lot for me to face haka if I get the chance.
“I know for a fact that the vibes at the camp are really positive and the players are excited to take on AB, face haka and give their all.”
New Zealand Rugby has proposed three draft options for a new professional competition to replace Super Rugby in 2021.
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The main stakeholders have been presented with a proposal. Source: 1 NEWS | Sky
Documents obtained by 1 NEWS confirm the union’s wishes for the competition of eight or 10 teams with the season starting at the end of February or early March and ending with the June 19 final.
The simplest choice is the eight-team format that will make each team face off and on for 15 weeks of the regular season. With the semi-finals and finals, that means 59 matches played in total.
New Zealand Rugby insists the five New Zealand clubs currently remain involved and, after showing a desire to also include the Pacific Islands franchise, the eight-team format will leave only two places available for Australian involvement. Australian Rugby has confirmed that finding such an option is not fun.
The two remaining options make allowances for 10 teams, but both create an imbalance with a draw. The first choice will see each team play four teams twice and five teams once, the second will reverse that order, with each team playing five teams twice and four teams at once.
Including the semifinals and finals, option one will create a season of 68 matches, all option two will increase that number to 73 matches. Both options can make room for up to four sides of Australia if the parties can agree to the terms.
The deal with Australia is just one of the challenges for Rugby New Zealand as they continue to advance with the development of their own competition. The national body has not clearly established what entities will be created to manage and control the commercial interests of the competition, and this has caused tensions in negotiations with private investors in the New Zealand franchise.
License to run and market the clubs for renewal; private investors demand clarity about what form of “Competition Company” will be formed by NZR.
Another important point is the ongoing discussion at the Rugby World level regarding an efficient global calendar. The 2021 season provides leeway for playing test matches in July, followed by The Rugby Championship and a traditional tour late in the north.
That could change in 2022 with the ‘SANZAAR’ window open mid-July to October followed directly by a cross-section window that runs until the end of November.
New Zealand Rugby has expressed interest in creating a ‘cross-border’ competition in 2022 where the top four teams from their new tournament will face teams from other club competitions, potentially in a knock-out format.
This could open the door to Japan’s Top League, or potentially US MLR, with insiders hinting at a more ambitious global approach.
Super Rugby Aotearoa concluded in only three weeks, which means New Zealand’s Rugby must immediately provide certainty to private investors at this time for next season. It is understandable that they want private investors today to sign new, lasting, licenses.
Investor representatives demanded more details about competitive entities, while some also demanded conditions to increase their capital commitments.
New Zealand Rugby and club representatives are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the new format and license renewal.
2021 STRUCTURE OF DRAFT COMPETITION:
The match will start in late February / early March with June 19 scheduled for the finals