Sonny Bill Williams to stay with New Zealand rugby until 2019
Sonny Bill Williams, the New Zealand rugby league international and heavyweight boxing champion, who is hoping to win gold in Olympic rugby sevens for his country in August, helped the All Blacks to successive World Cup triumphs in 2011 and last year.
Williams will be playing for the Â Super RugbyÂ league Â with The Blues (Auckland) , reuniting with the coach no other than the one that got him away from New Zealand and got him to play in the French Club back in 2008.
Williams will not be taking part in the June Test against the Wales team. Â He will be playing during this year’s Rugby Championship.
Williams is not in the New Zealand squad preparing for the June Test series against Wales, having decided to commit fully to the All Blacks sevens programme. He is, however, expected to be available for this yearâs Rugby Championship as well as the end-of-year tour once his Olympics commitments end.
The Rugby World Cup 2015 final game takes centre stage on Saturday, at Twickenham, London, Â as New Zealand take on neighbours and rivals, Australia in the final fight on who takes the Cup home.
Both teams were forced to fight their way through their tough semi-final ties last weekend against South Africa and Argentina, and this final is going to be the battle of the giants, since both are coming in strong and in form with full confidence.It is known that the All Blacks are the favourites to claim their back-to-back world titles. It won’t be easy for Australia.Hereâs all you need to know about the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, including where you can watch the hard-hitting drama unfold.
Australia vs New Zealand â The Big Final
Date: Saturday, 31th October 2015 â Time: 16:00 Uk time
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Channel: ITV (UK), TSN (Canada), FoxSports (Australia)
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All Blacks Adidas Rugby World Cup Jersey Unveiled!
According to the All Blacks website, the new adidas jersey was unveiled at a function in Auckland and is considered as the most technically advanced All Blacks jersey ever created. Â Â The design was developed with input from All Blacks management and senior players. There is a Rugby World Cup Â trophy is embossed on the right sleeve of the jersey acknowledging the All Blacksâ Rugby World Cup successes in 1987 and 2011. The Rugby World Cup 2015 logo moved to the right. Â The All Blacks silver fern logo remains on the left-hand side of the jersey. The Adidas and All Blacks logos, as well as the jersey numbers on the back, are of a metal silver colour.Using new technologically advanced techniques , Adidas managed to create a body mapping process called âDynamic Stretch Analysisâ allows Adidas to measure bodies as they moved and how much strain was being applied to the skin. Based on this research, Adidas has developed two jerseys, tailored specifically to the needs of All Blacks forwards and backs â jerseys that replicate the movements of playersâ skin. Featuring fabric-weaving technology, which has a unique two-way stretch, Woven Carbon was developed by the team at Adidas to ensure the use of a superior fabric that doesnât compromise on strength, flexibility, weight or comfort, and can withstand the rigour of the game. For more information about the Â please visit the All Blacks official online store.Â Â
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We Thought we should help our guests and future travellers with our directions from Auckland Airport to Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in 19 minutes.
Please follow our instructions and you should be fine. Â We went to Google Maps to get this information , so you can trust the routes. Â Just keep in mind, the end of the trip ends right at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. Â If you are into Rugby, or Cricket, we have the best seats in the house. Â We are only a stones throw away from the Famous Eden Park Rugby World Cup Venue.
Auckland Airport overview map. Â This is where you start!
These are your directions to Central Auckland, and more specifically Eden Park Bed and Breakfast Hotel.
We are looking at 19 minutes tops without traffic. Â So we aren’t that far from Auckland Airport.
900 meters leaving the Airport, At the 1st roundabout take the 4th exit towards State Highway 20A
4.2 km down the road, At the next roundabout, make sure you take the 2nd exit and stay on the State highway 20A
7.5 km you will Merge on to State highway 20A
Drive for about 400m after merging and then turn Right on Dominion Road
At this point you are at the 19min mark with no Traffic. Â Proceed towards RD/Urban Route 4. Keep right.
Turn on Bellwood Ave and head to number 20. Â You will find us on the left.
We are Located a strone throw away from Eden Park, the 2011 Rugby World Cup Rugby Venue at Mt. Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.
For more information on how to get to and from Auckland Aiport, please contact us we will be happy to assist you.
Rugby is about how to obtain possession of the ball and score as many points as possible by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding the ball.
The Game Starts when a player kicks the rugby ball from the halfway line. The team in possession of the ball advances towards the try line by running forward and passing the ball from one player to another.
The ball must be passed laterally or behind and not passed infront. Not allowed. The other team will try and prevent the team in possession from moving the ball down the field and scoring a try. (this is grounding the ball over the try line – Enz Zone line)
The other team will try and grab the ball-carrier and tackle them to the ground.. The ball-carrier must then pass or release the ball allowing both teams to contest possession.
If the ball goes out of play, then a lineout is called to restart the game. When there is some committed foul, the game will begin with a scrum, free kick or penalty kick depending on the foul committed.
How to Score in Rugby
Try (5 points)
Grounding the ball over the try line.
Conversion (2 points)
Kicking the goal over the goal posts if a try has been scored.
Field Goal (3 points)
A drop kick over the goal posts when in the field of play.
Penalty (3 points)
Kicking the ball over the goal posts when a penalty has been awarded following an infringement.
The dimensions of a proper rugby field is 100m long and 69m wide.
You can find two in-goal areas at each end of the field and the two sidelines which are known as touchlines.
At each end of the field there are goal posts that are 5.6m apart with a crossbar set at 3m giving the goal the shape of the letter H.
Lines on the Rugby Field
This line is where the game starts and restarts after tries and goals are scored.
This line is on both sides of the halfway line. The kick restart from halfway must go at least this far.
This line is 22 metres towards the halfway line from each goal line. Play is restarted from these lines if the ball has been pressed down by the defending team or the ball has crossed or touched the Dead-Ball Line or Touch In-Goal Line.
This line can also be called the “try line” and you can find these on each end of the field. If the ball get’s grounded inside this area then team will score a try.
This line is at the end of the in-goal area. If the ball touches or goes beyond this line the ball is considered out of play.
This is the line on either side of the field. On or outside this line is considered out of play.
This line is the touchline continued between the goal line and the dead ball line.
There are 15 people in each team.
Super Rugby is the largest and pre-eminent professional rugby union football competition in the Southern Hemisphere.
Building off various Southern Hemisphere competitions dating back to the South Pacific Championship in 1986, with teams from a number of southern nations,
Super Rugby officially consists of teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Next Big Super Rugby Game
Next big game is happening at Eden Park is New Zealand’s largest stadium, located in central Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, it is three kilometres southwest of the CBD, on the boundary between the suburbs of Mount Eden and Kingsland Between the Blues vs Brumbies. Get your Tickets here >>The Blues vs Brumbies
There seems to be concern in the ranks about the future of Super Rugby with dire predictions about next year’s set-up.
Publicly, lNew Zealand’s teams are resigned to toeing the party line and accepting that the addition of a team from Argentina, Japan and another in South Africa is good for the game.
The realism is that the current system has seen a seen a declining trend around attendance.
In 2006, South Africa posted an average Super Rugby crowd of 34,000, Australia 24,000 and New Zealand 22,000.
By 2012, those numbers had dropped across the board – South Africa were down to 28,000, Australia 20,000 and New Zealand 16,000. I would imagine that the numbers for 2014 would be lower again.
Week one of Super Rugby kicked off with a sea of empty seats. With the Black Caps playing in Christchurch the following day, the Crusaders were resigned to a poor turnout. They got one.
It was the same in Auckland, where the Blues weren’t able to host the Chiefs at Eden Park. They knew it wouldn’t be a great crowd at North Harbour, and they were right.
The problem is the core product !
TV has been allowed to dictate the playing schedules; jumping from 12 to 15 teams has diluted the quality of the overall playing pool; the format has suffered from not being a true round-robin; the rules remain unfathomable and inconsistently applied; stadiums, with the exception of the Forsyth Barr, don’t have cover; the food in stadiums is mostly crap and expensive and maybe most damaging has been that the biggest name players have been allowed to drift in, drift out and skip the bits they don’t fancy.
Add all that together and that explains the 30 per cent drop in average crowds since 2006.
The actual rugby is great. Unfortunately with TV controlling the money and the terms of scheduling we are only going to see a lot more empty seats.
On a better note , at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we see good response from game patrons wanting luxury accommodation close to the stadium.