Posts Tagged ‘Rugby’

Manu Samoa squad prepare for game by going to Mass

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Manu Samoa have prepared for their battle against the All Blacks with hymns and prayers at a service at Our Lady of The Rosary church on Sunday. The magnificent Catholic church in Siusega, on the outskirts of Apia, is in the parish of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. After the team entered the church to Read more

St Pat’s teacher remembers chicken legs Collins

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

A teacher who mentored Jerry Collins at St Patrick’s College in Wellington said he used to be called “chicken legs”. “Jerry used to get called chicken legs in his early days and once he got called that, and  named that, he used to spend most of Friday afternoons in the gym instead of in the Read more

Vunipola and his dad talk Rugby after church

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Billy Vunipola is an English rugby union player. He plays back row for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership and for England. His brother, Mako Vunipola also plays for Saracens. The English team conduct their post-match reviews on Monday mornings. By that time Billy says he has already analysed his performance with his father, former Tongan Read more

Hurricanes hit Vanuatu campaigning against domestic violence

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Members of New Zealand’s Hurricanes rugby union team will visit Vanuatu to spread a message against domestic violence. Professional Development Manager for the Hurricanes, Steve Symonds says the program will help support local law enforcement and challenge the resilience of the players themselves. Listen to interview

St Peter’s pipped in Moascar Cup cliffhanger

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Auckland’s St Peter’s College has fallen agonisingly short in a Moascar Cup rugby challenge against near neighbours Auckland Grammar. St Peter’s lost 22-24 to a last minute drop goal from Grammar, after battling back from an 11 point deficit with just 14 minutes remaining. The Moascar Cup is the equivalent of the Ranfurly Shield for school Read more

All Black Kevin Skinner farewelled at requiem Mass

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

All Black rugby hard-man of the 1950s Kevin Skinner was farewelled at a Catholic requiem Mass in Henderson in Auckland on July 25. New Zealand rugby nobility were at Holy Cross Catholic Church to pay tribute to Skinner, who played 20 tests and 63 games for the All Blacks between 1949 and 1956. Skinner died Read more

St Peter’s rugby team from Gore reaches for the stars in USA

Friday, July 18th, 2014

A rugby team from St Peter’s College in Gore, which is a town in New Zealand recently played an exhibition match against RugbyNY Western Boys All-Stars at Niagara University, in Western New York. Fred Bressette, the assistant coach of the The RugbyNY Western Boys All-Stars said the got “clobbered by St. Peters College of New Read more

Rugby hero features in Gallery of Good Examples

Friday, July 18th, 2014

New Zealand has a reputation for treating Rugby as the national religion but they have not gone quite as far as a parish in the UK. The parish hall in St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bracknell UK is sporting a painting of recently retired captain of the Irish team, Brian O’Driscoll. He has been included Read more

Sport and violence

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I have just read a headline in the New Zealand Herald (6 June 2014) in which All Black coach Steve Hansen describes Jerome Kaino as “a caged animal” who will be doing all that he can to prove that he is at home among the big beasts of the international game.The names given to men’s rugby and Read more

Taranaki schools’ rugby supporters clash

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Police and security staff had to separate the Francis Douglas Memorial College and New Plymouth Boy’s High School supporters following their annual match at Yarrow Stadium this afternoon. The schoolboy teams were playing in a curtain-raiser before the Super 15 Chiefs v Waratahs game. Trouble broke out on the terraces after the final whistle when Francis Read more