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New Zealand rugby grapples with transgender debate

Jul 29 2020

WELLINGTON The question of trans athletes participating in women's sports has become an explosive issue in recent years and reports that World Rugby might soon ban it on safety grounds looks set to intensify an already fractious debate in New Zealand.

FEATURE-Rugby-New Zealand rugby grapples with transgender debate

Jul 29 2020

WELLINGTON, July 30 The question of trans athletes participating in women's sports has become an explosive issue in recent years and reports that World Rugby might soon ban it on safety grounds looks set to intensify an already fractious debate in New Zealand.

Rugby: New Zealand players keen on just playing the best - union head

Jul 29 2020

WELLINGTON New Zealand's rugby players are keen to ensure any future Super Rugby format involves facing the best opposition as it has led to greater competition on the international stage, the head of their union has said.

World Rugby funding for Pasifika side would be welcomed: players union

Jul 28 2020

WELLINGTON The Pacific Island rugby players union has welcomed comments from World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont that it could offer funding to help set up a Pasifika team take part in a revamped Super Rugby competition from next year.

Aotearoa intensity taking its toll, New Zealand players union says

Jul 27 2020

WELLINGTON The intensity of New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa has been a major factor in its success but players can only maintain near test-level rugby for so long before the physical and mental strain takes it toll, the players' union head told Reuters.

NZR eyes Nov-Dec slot for Rugby Championship

Jul 16 2020

WELLINGTON New Zealand Rugby says it has earmarked a six-week block in November-December to host the Rugby Championship after the southern hemisphere's governing body SANZAAR confirmed the country as its preferred host for the annual competition.

Rugby-Kanaloa Hawaii to exploit 'untapped' Pacific potential

Jul 13 2020

WELLINGTON, July 14 Kanaloa Hawaii have no intention of filling their ranks with veterans as they prepare for life in Major League Rugby next season and will instead look to develop the cream of talent from the Pacific Islands, the team's general manager told Reuters.

INTERVIEW-Rugby-Pacific Islanders eye team in Super Rugby

Jul 13 2020

WELLINGTON, July 13 The future of Super Rugby remains under a cloud as COVID-19 travel curbs continue to stymie cross-border contests but the manager of Pacific Islands-focused Kanaloa Hawaii says they have been in discussions about entering a team in the competition.

New Zealand keeper hoping Women's World Cup means more home games

Jul 02 2020

WELLINGTON Football Ferns goalkeeper Erin Nayler is hoping New Zealand winning the right to co-host the 2023 Women's World Cup will mean a lot more home matches over the next couple of years. | Video

NZ still clear on Tokyo gold after sevens circuit cancelled

Jul 01 2020

WELLINGTON New Zealand Rugby's women's sevens co-coach said his team were preparing for the possibility of not being able to play any international teams ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics, but was confident their planning would help in trying to win gold.

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