Hayden Meikle

Rugby: Ten seconds of fame for Player X

The Nude Blacks are calling on ''Player X'' to make himself available for international selection next year.

Madden 15: Not perfect but a step up all the same

Madden 15: Not perfect but a step up all the same

It's Madden season. Signal reviewers Simon Bishop and Hayden Meikle engage in a two-minute drill to discuss the latest release in the long-running NFL series.

Century of games in the Glasshouse

Century of games in the Glasshouse

By our count - and journalists are rarely incorrect, even Pam Corkery knows that - tomorrow will be the 100th major (or semi-major) game of organised sport at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Hey, that's only about $3 million per game. Sports editor Hayden Meikle and rugby writer Steve Hepburn look back over the past 99 matches and pick a thrill or two.

Football: In the deep end with Fifa U20

Football: In the deep end with Fifa U20

Anna Duncan (nee Thomas) is no stranger to diving into exciting opportunities. Sports editor Hayden Meikle talks to the former international diver who is now playing a key role in New Zealand's hosting of the Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

Is SBW bigger than ABs' legacy?

Is SBW bigger than ABs' legacy? Sonny Bill Williams has been given an exemption to tour with the All Blacks at the end of the year, but is that fair?

Rugby: Proud record of little union that could

Rugby: Proud record of little union that could

Pop quiz: Which New Zealand rugby union has the longest-running playoff streak in the country, at 14 seasons and counting? And no, it is not Canterbury. It is, in fact, tiny North Otago. Sports editor Hayden Meikle looks back over an extraordinary era.

Athletics: King of Kingston opens up

Athletics: King of Kingston opens up

He is a member of a great Otago sporting family - a Commonwealth Games gold medal sits on his shelf, and his sister has a few trinkets of her own - and now Roy Williams has written a book. Sports editor Hayden Meikle talks to the 1966 decathlon champion and retired journalist, who turns 80 next month.

Rugby: Pacific tour ideal preparation for North Otago

Rugby: Pacific tour ideal preparation for North Otago

There really is no better way to prepare for a season than getting smashed up on a rocky ground in Fiji.

New sports reporter joins 'ODT'

New sports reporter joins 'ODT'

Robert van Royen has joined the Otago Daily Times sports department.

Basketball: Dickel to coach Canterbury

Basketball: Dickel to coach Canterbury

One of the worst-kept secrets in Otago sport has been confirmed - the Nuggets have lost their Sparky.