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Nine new Hurricanes in tour squad to South Africa

Wellington Nine new Hurricanes have been included in the Hurricanes tour squad for their taxing Super Rugby road trip. Among the players on the plane for South Africa today are three new props Toby Smith, Alex Fidow and Fraser Armstrong. Wallabies loosehead Smith has switched his allegiance after four seasons at the Melbourne Rebels while Fidow and Armstrong are both former members...

Paddon seventh in season opener

Wellington New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon has not put his foot wrong in a visually spectacular start to his 2018 World Rally Championship campaign. Paddon was seventh-quickest in the super special first stage of Rally Sweden in Karlstad, putting his Hyundai around the bespoke 1.9km course in one minutes 34.8 seconds. Paddon controlled the vehicle adroitly in icy conditions under floodlights in front...

Three more divers added to team

Wellington The New Zealand diving contingent at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has swelled to five following the addition of three athletes with contrasting backgrounds. Eighteen-year-olds Anton Down-Jenkins and Yu Qian Goh have been selected alongside 31-year-old Zimbabwe-born Shaye Boddington. They will join Lizzie Cui and Liam Stone, whose selections were announced in December. Wellington's Down-Jenkins will contest the 3m men's individual...

Stokes on way to boost England

Hamilton The return of Ben Stokes will give the English Twenty20 tri-series squad a major pick-me-up, batsman Dawid Malan says. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed New Zealand-born Stokes will arrive in Hamilton tomorrow after appearing in the Bristol Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with affray, along with two other men. The 26-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charge...

America’s Cup village plans surprise

Auckland Team New Zealand has expressed surprise at the release of an alternate plan for the America's Cup village for the 2021 regatta in Auckland. The government, with support from Auckland Council, has unveiled a "hybrid" proposal for at least seven team bases in the Wynyard area. The plan includes restaurants and bars, public viewing and hospitality areas. It incorporates elements of the Wynyard...

Ko worked long hours with new coach Oh

Auckland Lydia Ko's new coach certainly put her to work in the off season. The 20-year-old New Zealander's new coach Ted Oh says the pair worked nine-hour days for a five-week span, part of his 'old school' coaching method. Ko announced this week ahead of the Australian Open, which begins in Adelaide today, that she had changed her coach and caddie for...

Cardrona training ground for champions

Auckland American snowboard ace Shaun White rose from a crash at Cardrona to win the Olympic gold in South Korea. After Scotty James claimed Australia's first men's snowboard Olympic medal, a bronze, Cardrona was referenced in the media as the nearest facility available for the Aussie to train at. That is right. Australia has the medal, New Zealand merely has the facility....

Teen added to NZ swim team

Wellington Teenager Lewis Clareburt has been added to New Zealand's Commonwealth Games swimming squad, bringing the team to 13. Aged just 18, the Wellington-based Clareburt will contest the 400m individual medley on the Gold Coast and goes to the games with a solid pedigree. He won eight gold medals at New Zealand's age group championships last year, as well as three golds...

Sharks settle supplements saga

Sydney The seven-year Cronulla drug saga is reportedly over, with 13 players from 2011 finally reaching an apparent $1.2 million settlement with the NRL club. News Corp Australia is reporting two years of courtroom battles have ended with just over half of Cronulla's 25-man 2011 squad coming to a confidential settlement with the Sharks. It is understood players will receive vastly differing...

Steel signs another Jamaican shooter

Wellington The Southern Steel hopes they are on to another Jamaican jackpot after signing Malysha Kelly for the domestic netball premiership. The 1.85m defender is close friends with prolific Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who enjoyed five successful seasons with the Steel. International Fowler-Reid was a dominant force in the defunct trans-Tasman league and helped the Steel to an unbeaten record in winning...
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