ODT rugby correspondent Paul Dwyer talks about the Dunedin
club rugby crisis with Lance Spence and Chris Hart.
It is a simple game at the end of the day.
Languishing at the bottom of
the New Zealand Conference, the Blues appear to be in yet
another death roll, hopelessly off the pace.
New Zealand Rugby has been congratulated on its on-field
success and financial health, but believes it should do more
to have women in governing roles within the organisation.
George Moala, an All Black last
year and destined to push hard for an inclusion in Steve
Hansen's squad for the June tests and beyond, has finally
been given his chance to impress again.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has
come out swinging over scrum-gate, saying he is "bloody
angry" at claims he manipulated safety rules to secure the
win against the Hurricanes.
Many clubs are struggling to attract players and it is feared
the Dunedin premier competition will inevitably be cut to
just eight teams, several club chairmen say.
Clutha's game against Heriot is shaping up to be the match of
the round this week.
The first round has is past the halfway point and Harbour
sits on top of the standings - but are the Hawks the team to
Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman faces significant time on the
sideline after being taken out in the game against the Sharks
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