Us vs them and us

Us vs them and us

Paul Thomas2015-10-17 Given that New Zealand is the world’s leading exporter of rugby players, it’s perhaps appropriate that the All Blacks were on the receiving end of the most famous performance by a foreign-born player in international rugby history. Prince...
Yesterday’s Heroes

Yesterday’s Heroes

Paul Thomas2015-10-03 As that unlikely alliance of our parents and the Rolling Stones often pointed out, you can’t always get what you want. In my 2015 wish-list (Sport, January 31), I expressed the hope that no-one would die of heat exhaustion at the Australian...
Heads we win, tails you lose

Heads we win, tails you lose

Paul Thomas2015-09-19 You could argue – as many have – that test cricket is an absurdity. Men and women in long white trousers play for six hours, pausing for lunch and afternoon tea; men’s games can go for five days, women’s four (with no guarantee of a result at the...
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...
The Ugly Game

The Ugly Game

Paul Thomas2015-06-27 For years the English satirical magazine Private Eye has boasted about the Curse of Gnome, the bad karma that tends to befall powerful individuals who take legal action against the Eye to prevent it publishing embarrassing material or in revenge...
Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Paul Thomas2015-05-02 Many top-line athletes are combinations of beauty and the beast but few more so than Uruguayan soccer player Luis Suarez. Playing for Barcelona in a Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain, Suarez scored two breathtaking goals both of...