Big and Bigger – Jonah Lomu

Big and Bigger – Jonah Lomu

Paul Thomas2015-12-05 Jonah Lomu’s death was a reminder of sport’s essentially ephemeral nature and its paradoxical capacity to engage emotions and transcend race, language and geography. New Zealand Rugby and Richie McCaw contemplated delaying the announcement of his...
It’s Our Game

It’s Our Game

Paul Thomas2015-11-14 And with a single result we were free. The All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup triumph is laden with significance but perhaps its single greatest merit from the New Zealand rugby public ‘s perspective is that it delivers peace of mind: for at least a few...
Polynesian All Blacks

Polynesian All Blacks

Paul Thomas2015-07-11 Next week’s All Blacks-Samoa test in Apia will be, among other things, a celebration of the Samoan influence in New Zealand rugby. While there’s much to celebrate, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the Polynesian presence in our national game wasn’t...