Posts Tagged ‘Church and Rugby’

Francis Douglas takes great pride in Barrett brothers

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

The Barrett brothers – Beauden, Scott and Jordie – are all alumni of Francis Douglas in New Plymouth and they all starred in the school’s 1st XV. Deputy principal Tim Stuck had the pleasure of coaching all three but was first to admit they had some key elements embedded in their game even before arriving at Read more

How religion is poisoning New Zealand Rugby

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Religion and overt expressions of it have crept into Rugby in New Zealand says Gregor Paul. It is common now, almost a show in itself for players to have wrist bands covered in religious iconography. The cross, albeit badly drawn with marker pen, is worn across Super Rugby on any given weekend. Some players, when they Read more

Fijians take Log ‘o Wood to church

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The Ranfurly Shield has made a surprise visit to church as Taranaki continues to bask in their dramatic come-from-behind victory over Canterbury at the weekend. The side’s Fijian players took the Log o’ Wood along to the City of Refuge Church in New Plymouth so the congregation could get up close to the famous rugby Read more

Top international referee controls under-15s friendly at St Peter’s Auckland

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Referee Nigel Owens, who is in New Zealand to officiate the second Bledisloe Cup test in Dunedin, took to the turf at St Peter’s College in Auckland on Wednesday to officiate a friendly under-15’s match between St Peter’s College and a Japanese touring side. Owens has refereed many big rugby matches over the years, including the Rugby World Cup Read more

What’s in the water at Francis Douglas Memorial College?

Monday, July 10th, 2017
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Six former students of Francis Douglas Memorial College featured in this year’s British and Irish Lions tour. The three Barrett brothers, Beauden, Scott and Jordie and  Liam Coltman were in the All Blacks. Ricky Riccitelli played for the Hurricanes. Teihorangi Walden was in the Highlander’s team. Watch Video: What’s in the Water at Francis Douglas Read more

4 out of 40 All Blacks attended Francis Douglas College

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Four former students from Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth have been selected for the All Blacks tour squad. Along with the three Barrett brothers, Beauden, Scott and Jordie, Liam Coltman had  been named as a hooker on the tour. Martin Chamberlain, the principal of Francis Douglas Memorial College, said they were not only Read more

Kurtis Haiu, former Blues player, farewelled at old school

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Kurtis Haiu, a former Blues and Auckland rugby player, died last week, aged 31, after a long battle with cancer. Haiu was a also a former New Zealand under-19 and under-21 representative. His career ended prematurely in 2011 when a rare form of bone cancer, Ewings Sarcoma, was discovered in his ribs. He has been Read more

The pastor who acts as a rugby player agent

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

On Sundays Pastor Matawalu Waqanituinayau, known as Mata, runs services at the Assemblies of God church but when he’s not preaching he’s following his other passion – rugby. The Matamata pastor, who has been in New Zealand for 18 years, is also acting as a player agent, a position that has attracted controversy recently because Read more

Rugby ball and bible have been the cement in Tongan society

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

“The Christian (sic) Brothers took rugby to the islands and a combination of ball and bible has been the cement in Tongan society ever since,” according to Mike Averis, writing in the Guardian. He may possibly be referring to the Marist Brothers, and the Marist Fathers, many of whom played a prominent part in rugby Read more