NZ Rugby

New Zealand Rugby confirm consultation on transgender policy

A raft of sports are reviewing their transgender guidelines after swimming's global governing body FINA at the weekend banned any athlete who had been through male puberty from taking part in elite women's competitions.

World Rugby instituted a ban on transgender players in the elite women's game last year citing safety concerns and New Zealand Rugby's guidelines will focus on grassroots community rugby.

"We want sport to be as inclusive as possible," NZR chief executive Mark Robinson told Newshub.

Fiji likely to host a round of World Sevens Series

New Zealand Rugby confirmed that they are continuing to explore the idea of having their round of the series in the island nation.

After the announcement of the return of the Hamilton 7s yesterday, NZR head of tournaments and competitions, Cameron Good, said the change of landscape had meant they had instead always been planning to return to Hamilton next year.

He added talks are underway with Fiji Rugby on the opportunities that are available.

New Zealand sevens team survive Samoa scare in Vancouver

New Zealand finished the day with a perfect three from three record after beating Samoa 31-24 but had to withstand a fierce fightback after Paul Scanlan was sent off within the first minute of the match.

Scanlan, who was also red carded against the All Blacks sevens in last weekend’s world series tournament in Singapore, was sent off for a high tackle on Caleb Tangitau.

Scanlan was a little unlucky in that Tangitau was falling at the time of the tackle, but Scanlan connected with the neck area and with force, leaving the officials few options.

Delay in NZ Rugby's deal with Silver Lake

New Zealand Rugby had originally planned for the deal with the US equity firm to be ratified at their Annual General Meeting at the end of the month.

However, NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said it had been decided not to include the motion at the AGM after a request for more information from its Provincial Unions.

Robinson said the unions had asked for more time to discuss some key areas of the overall deal structure.

NZ Rugby salutes Pacific icons who gave their all to rugby

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Mark Robinson acknowledged the heartache of losing both Joeli Vidiri and Fesolai Va’ainga Tuigamala this week.

He says it’s been incredibly difficult with the loss of two men who have such standing in rugby and in their communities.

“Joeli was a pioneer for Fijian rugby and set the platform for the many Fijian stars who have followed him. 

“Together with Jonah Lomu at Counties Manukau they formed one of the most formidable partnerships we’ve seen, and his performances for the Blues helped put Super Rugby on the map.”

NPC teams to play for one title

The competition will be seeded into two conferences based on the previous season standings.

The round robin will also include four crossover matches between the two conferences.

The quarterfinals include the top four teams within each conference playing for a spot in the semi-finals.

With the top two teams across the conferences playing against each other in the semi-finals, to then see the top two qualifiers play off in the NPC final.

NZR Head of Community Rugby Steve Lancaster said:

Double Olympic sevens champion Risi Pouri-Lane's rugby career on the rise

She’s just 21, but Risaleaana Pouri-Lane already holds a rare Olympic record.

Risi, as she’s best known, captained the New Zealand sevens team to gold at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

And in August this year, she was a valuable team member of the Black Ferns Sevens at the Tokyo Olympics, who also won gold.

This outstanding accomplishment makes Pouri-Lane, Olympian #1477, the only New Zealander to have won a gold medal at both a youth and summer Olympics.

NZR launches independent investigation into Black Ferns coach

In a social media post earlier this week Ngata-Aerengamate alleged Moore told her she didn't deserve to be in the team and she was selected only to play the guitar.

The end of year Northern Hemisphere tour was a tough one for the Black Ferns.

They lost all four tests, beaten convincingly by England and France in what was their first international rugby in two years due to Covid.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson says the independent inquiry will run alongside the review the NZR is doing of the Black Ferns end of year tour.

New Zealand Rugby confirm Joe Schmidt's appointment as All Blacks selector

Schmidt joins the All Blacks in place of long-standing selector Grant Fox, who will stand down from his position following next year’s mid-year tests against Ireland.

News of Schmidt’s arrival at the All Blacks comes in the wake of reports from various media outlets that linked the Kiwi coach to the role.

The 56-year-old’s position with the New Zealand national side coincides with his new part-time role with the Blues as a support coach for next year’s inaugural edition of Super Rugby Pacific.

Moody becomes latest player to extend his contract with New Zealand Rugby

He's played 57 Tests and 100 Super Rugby matches.

"It's a bloody good footy scene here in New Zealand and I've got a great set up down here in Christchurch, so looking forward to getting stuck in again over the next few seasons and playing my part," he said.

All Blacks Head Coach Ian Foster says the signing is great news.

"He's a hugely respected member of our squad and goes about his work in a quiet, understated way.