Stuff we’re reading online. Here’s 10:
Image – 7x4f@theoffice: Rugby player, Israel Dagg‘s star template – Horiwoodblog & Google Images. The taking care of business sports star is currently on tour in the UK.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.11.12~
Haka time: The All Blacks perform the Haka during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa in Dunedin. Photo - Getty Images.
Rugby News: Dunedin: All Blacks 21. Springboks 11.
Israel Dagg of New Zealand makes a break during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa at Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 15. Photo - Getty Images.
TVNZ: “A 14th straight win, and 23rd straight at home, for McCaw‘s men. The perfect performance still eludes them but they won’t care. A win is a win against a limited but committed Bok team who just lacked finishing finesse and had a collective off night for the boot.
McCaw was inspirational in the second half for the All Blacks. Nonu also stepped up and Dagg and Read were prominent. So it’s off to Argentina in a fortnight for the All Blacks where there are no easy games. The Boks host the Wallabies in a fortnight in what shapes as a battle for runner up. That’s all from a humming Forsyth Barr Stadium. Goodnight!”–TVNZ.
New Zealand All Blacks’ Cory Jane (L) and Aaron Cruden (R) tackle South Africa Springboks’ Willem Alberts. Photo: Reuters
“It took all of the All Blacks’ patience, courage, composure, belief and superior fitness to see them through.”-NZH.
“Villain turned hero as replacement halfback Aaron Smith scored an outstanding individual try to spark the All Blacks to an 21-11 win over the Springboks in the Investec Rugby Championship test at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night.”
New Zealand 21 (I. Dagg, A. Smith tries; A. Cruden 3 pens, con). South Africa 11 (B. Habana try; M. Steyn pen; F. Steyn pen)
Photo: David Hallett.
[The All Blacks getting their fierce on performing the haka of Aotearoa New Zealand].
Rugby Football Sports News: The New Zealand All Blacks win in Windy Wellington over Argentina’s Los Pumas rugby football team.
New Zealand 21. Argentina 5.
Score details: All Blacks: (J. Savea, C. Jane tries; A. Cruden con, 3 pens). Argentina 5 (R. Roncero try).
[All Blacks wing Julian Savea on the attack during the Investec test match against the Pumas at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. 08 September 2012. New Zealand Herald photograph by Mark Mitchell]
Full credit to both teams for turning on a rugby show in such high wind conditions. Double winners for being such committed sports entertainers. Respec!
[Luke Romana is tackled by Argentina--Mark Mitchell photo].
After the mid-test delay of play due to a power outage, a round of hot toddies at Matterhorn Restaurant Bar are probably in order then on the town in the Windy City tonight as Wellington celebrates the win.
Argentina check out the Welligton Film Archives – photos- Roro Roncero blog.
What the sports journalists said:
Sydney Morning Herald: All Blacks repel spirited Argentina: AAP writers reported: “a granite-tough Pumas pack proved hard to break down although discipline often proved their undoing.”
TVNZ wrote: … “The All Blacks put in a good second half performance to post a convincing winning margin. The Pumas were incredible tonight and threw everything including the kitchen sink at it. That sin-binning of Argentina’s [Julio Cabello] was a big turning point for them and the All Blacks did well to take advantage.”
Aaron Cruden on kicking duties. Photo: Fairfax NZ.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.9.12~
When you have a website some really strange search terms trend (most are unpublishable. They do make me laugh-out-loud though!). I have 1000 trending at the moment to keep me amused.
Some of the search trends are: “Hercules filmed in New Zealand,”“Rebecca Dubber medal photo,” ”Is director Peter Jackson part Maori?,” “islands”, “rolling thunder photos,” “Jaime Ridge,” Johnny Depp, “top sexiest women,” Tim Burton, blonde baby blog, Miley Cyrus news,”rugby haka new zealand,” Paula Patton, Max Thieriot, ”opossum crazy yes dumb no,” “Cliff Curtis,” “Troy Kingi Mt Zion,” “Anderson Cooper gossip,” “Paul Davis Ryan,” “Rita Wilson,” “Martin Luther King sunglasses,” “Billy Ray Cyrus,” “sad tom cruise in mission impossible part 3,” lol!,”Clint Eastwood‘s daughters,” “LA Kings photos,” “fashion hook ups USA,” “Christchurch photos before quake,” and Israel Dagg photos.
It’s New Zealand Fashion Week so, Let’s go with Israel (R) & Daniel‘s (L) creative rugby jerseys designs. Story here. Something about fashion, forwards not wearing that… Brownies look better in that. huh?! Too funny.
[Photo: Getty Images]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.9.12~
STEVE HANSEN’S AB’s 22, PART 2: RUGBY MASTERCLASS PERFORMANCE OF ALL BLACKS, RETAIN BLEDISLOE CUP FROM WALLABIES AT EDEN PARK GROUNDS – 25.8.12
In yiiiihaaa rugby football news: NZ’s special rugby fans watched a football match to be proud of in a tournament named after a cross-cultural Govenor-General of Aotearoa, New Zealand, Charles Bathurst who was also called Lord Bledisloe.
The Winnepeg Free Press reports today – “Auckland, New Zealand – Flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 17 points as New Zealand beat Australia 22-0 on Saturday to extend its decade-long winning streak in Bledisloe Cup tests and remain unbeaten after two rounds of the four-nation Rugby Championship.
Carter kicked three penalties to give New Zealand a 9-0 lead after a first half in which its misfiring attack and Australia’s resolute defence limited scoring chances at Eden Park.
He added two more penalties in the second half, including an early shot from 51 metres that cracked Australia’s weakening morale, and slotted the conversion of a try to Israel Dagg to seal New Zealand’s emphatic win.
In doing so, Carter lifted his overall record points tally in tests to 1,318 and his New Zealand-record total in matches against Australia to 313.” The Australian reported the result as a rugby “whitewash.”
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This side of the ditch, the NZH gave a coaching report: “They were commanding, totally in control and the Wallabies lavished them with praise, but the All Blacks themselves were a touch dirty they didn’t finish all they created.
“We made some bad decisions,” said All Black coach Steve Hansen. ”There were times when we could have had one more pass, or hit one more ruck – that would have been nice. We were a lot more patient in the second half but we weren’t quite able to use the luck to pull things off.”
Giving credit where due, Hansen’s opposite, Robbie Deans, had a more enthusiastic appraisal of the All Blacks. Partly because he believed it and partly because the pressure he’s under, it’s not a bad move to talk up the All Blacks to try to put a more positive perspective on things.
“They are relentless, fit, well conditioned and it doesn’t matter what channel you go down, they are at you,” said Deans. “They give every side a blueprint. They gave a masterclass in rugby today and they are a side playing with such confidence that they are getting offloads away among the big forwards and confidence grows. I thought it pretty remarkable that we only leaked one try,” he said.
Heartening words for New Zealand’s World Champion rugby squad from Australia. Work it.
[News source: AP - WPF. Photo: AB's Ma'a Nonu and Wallabies Rob Horne, photog: Rick Rycroft, Getty Images - Winnepeg Free Press. AB's Team Photo: Sonny Bill Williams & his best football buds - BBC Sports].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.8.12~
At a young 25, New Zealand athlete Emma Twigg can scull. Watch sports video.
Our global eyes:
Main Readers are reading today from: United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Malaysia, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.
At Olympics 2012 New Zealand’s Chances to reach 100 medals looks good: In Paul Hobbs story some of New Zealand’s finest athletes are featured. People like: Yvette Williams, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker, Harry Kirk, Mark Todd, Tom Ashley, Valerie Adams, Hamish Carter.
Sir Murray Halberg shares:
For an athlete mastering the mental pressures and not being numbed to be in control of your destiny, are traits that define high performance athletes competing in the highest levels of sport. You have to make the most of life, grasp the moment and don’t look back later with regrets.
Second Tier Audience are reading from: Romania, Ireland, Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, South Africa, Denmark, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Norway and Finland.
In rugby football news: The Crusaders 38. The Force 24. (Israel Dagg, Sean Maitland, Andrew Ellis, Matt Todd tries; Daniel Carter 3 cons 2 pens, Taylor 2) 0 pens. For the Force: 24 (Kyle Godwin, Holmes, Alfi Mafi tries; Brett Sheehan 2 cons, Godwin con, Ben Seymour pen)
Third Tier Audience are reading from: Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emriates, Bulgaria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, Lebanon, Greece, Tunisia, Iraq, Chile, Puerto Rico, Estonia and Georgia.
In soccer news: Canada beat New Zealand’s Football Ferns 2-0. Photo: Football Ferns player, Betsy Hassett in white and Fara Williams England in red. Photo: AP.
Fourth Tier of Readers are reading from: Vietnam, Egypt, Croatia, Hong Kong, Belarus, Slovakia, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Bonsia, Bangladesh, Trinidad & Tobago, Yemen, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, Brunei, Azerbaijan and Palestinian Territories.
In New Zeland rugby league news: Although The Warriors are set to slip out of the leading eight teams; the Warriors have achieved a huge coup by securing centre Konrad Hurrell – one of the NRL’s hottest properties – until the end of the 2015 season. The 20-year-old Tongan, halfway through only his second season in rugby league, has been one of the NRL’s top rookies, his blitzing form netting 12 tries in just 12 appearances, including 11 in his last seven games.
To watch the Warriors last football match action: Broncos v Warriors highlights (1:45). Photo: News Limited.
Readers are also reading from: Syria, Namibia, Jordan, Fiji, Algeria and El Salvador.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.7.12~
LUKE ROMANO & TOM DONELLY ARE IN CRUSADAERS STARTING LINE UP AGAINST CHIEFS GAME NAPIER – SUPER RUGBY
[Rugby football star Israel Dagg works it for The Crusaders].
The Super Rugby Season is underway in the nation that are current World Cup holders of the football code. Crusaders have named a starting line up for their Super Rugby season launch campaign, starting against the Chiefs in Napier on Friday night.
Zac Guildford, Israel Dagg, Corey Flynn and Owen Franks are named to start with Sam Whitelock having bench time as Luke Romano has a leap at Southern lock with Tom Donnelly onfield as well.
Source: Newstalk ZB. Photo: Justin Arthur for Photosport.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.3.12~
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says The Lord. “They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a hope and a future.”–Jeremiah 29 v 11 . –The Iceman of Rugby’s Hall of Fame’s favorite bible scripture.
Today football’s rising star Tim Tebow and John 3 16 are the no.1 most read topics online in American-conscious sports loving terrains.
Ten rugby football players of the New Zealand All Blacks Team – the World Champions of rugby football 2011-14 who are rating well right now are:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.1.12~
What’s rugby football star Israel Dagg up to since the Rugby World Cup win of 2011?
Press play to find out.
[News source - Marae Investigates]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.12.11~
Once upon a time, a small nation’s rugby football team played with huge ticker and character, to make the final of a football competition. Their dream was to compete for a gold cup. Final score: New Zealand 20. Australia 6.
Horiwood.Com’s top ten trending topics, the day after this moment are:
Photos – Top, Cancer survivor, Aaron Cruden was part of the winning team. Photo AP. Photo 2 – Israel Dagg managed not to hit the club, the night before a game - where his magical passing skills portrayed the more creative aspects of how rugby football is played in New Zealand. Photo caption – All Black fullback Israel Dagg leaps over Australia’s Anthony Fainga’a during last night’s semifinal at Eden Park. Photog – Greg Bowker.
Australia formed an honor guard as their New Zealand rivals left the field with a fiercely contested, embloodied win. Well done lads.
Spiritual Mood – Ahakoa ko nga taitamariki, ka ngenge tonu, ka mauiui, a ko nga taitama, ka hinga rawa. Tena ko te hunga e tatari ana ki a Ihowa, puta hou ana he kaha mo ratou; kake ana ratou ki runga; ko nga parirau, koia ano kei o nga ekara; ka rere ratou, a e kore e mauiui; ka haere, a e kore e ngenge.
Les adolescents se fatiguent et se lassent, Et les jeunes hommes chancellent; Mais ceux qui se confient en l’Éternel renouvellent leur force. Ils prennent le vol comme les aigles; Ils courent, et ne se lassent point, Ils marchent, et ne se fatiguent point.
Political mood – We still want to manage our own energy, ourselves as Kiwis who own it. Despite environmental disasters regarding energy, here showing huge room for New Zealand to improve- we still want to manage our own energy situations of any kind in New Zealand and not be ruled by outside .
By the way: This rugby cup competition is costing New Zealand about $50 million to host. So, it would also be nice to actually win it. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.10.11~
Yesterday, Graham Henry, the coach of the New Zealand All Blacks, host nation for Rugby World Cup 2011, named his official team. Here it is:
Corey Flynn, Canterbury (14 tests)
Andrew Hore, Taranaki (54)
Keven Mealamu, Auckland (85)
John Afoa, Auckland (33)
Ben Franks, Tasman (11)
Owen Franks, Canterbury (23)
Tony Woodcock, North Harbour (75)
Anthony Boric, North Harbour (20)
Brad Thorn, Canterbury (51)
Samuel Whitelock, Canterbury (17)
Ali Williams, Auckland (65)
Jerome Kaino, Auckland (41)
Richie McCaw, (capt) Canterbury (97)
Kieran Read, Canterbury (31)
Adam Thomson, Otago (21)
Victor Vito, Wellington (7)
Jimmy Cowan, Southland (47)
Andy Ellis, Canterbury (20)
Piri Weepu, Wellington (48)
Daniel Carter, Canterbury (82)
Colin Slade, Canterbury (5)
Richard Kahui, Waikato (12)
Ma’a Nonu, Wellington (58)
Conrad Smith, Wellington (48)
Sonny Bill Williams, Canterbury (7)
Israel Dagg, Hawke’s Bay (7)
Zac Guildford, Hawke’s Bay (6)
Cory Jane, Wellington (24)
Mils Muliaina, Waikato (97)
Isaia Toeava, Auckland (31)
Congratulations to every player who made the team. For more, go here. These lads make history by being the first Rugby World Cup team for New Zealand, to be telecast in America this year by Comcast/ Universal. Kia kaha – Let’s turn on a show then!
[Top Photo - Tumatauenga whakairo art, carved by Ngapuhi artist Mt Eden Stadium - Horiwood.Com, Archives]
… still… it’s time to lower those noses… grow wings… take off those yamulkes for a noble [agreed upon] cause and fly outside of Israel [Orthodox America] and the USA… get out of those black and whites… and give a little deeper and more adventurously. Yeah… I see you all on Facebook at Starbucks bored out of your brains… you’re so ready!
Go here Israel and my Jewish readers. Your strategic minds and presence of spirit is needed for this one. Mazel Tov.
“May The Rock deliver ‘them’ up” then… [Yeshua]. Shalom!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.4.11~
I don’t know why, but anyone with a name that’s Jewish or says Israel in their name, I am 200% for. Must be the Maori-Kiwi blood in me that relates to people who associate with generations and generations of tribal connections and tribal lore I think and who think wider than just nuclear family models of existing.
One rugby football player whose folks are Kiwi and obviously pro-Jewish is young Israel Dagg who plays for the New Zealand All Blacks rugby football team. I mean, not only can the dude play rugby football awesomely but he’s a skilled cricketer too. Dude! Stop the A-Listed sports bus already, get outta here! Says the teams official website of young Israel Dagg:
“Israel Dagg hit the rugby headlines in 2006 when the 18-year-old became the first secondary school player to be selected for Hawke’s Bay since his teammate, former All Blacks halfback Danny Lee, first played for the province in 1994.
The Lindisfarne College old boy is an outstanding athlete, described in the 2006 New Zealand Rugby Almanack as a fullback with speed, skill and decision-making ability that belies his age. The respected publication also named him one of its five promising players for 2006.
Dagg has progressed through the Hawke’s Bay age grade ranks, representing the province at Under 16 and Under 19 level. He also attended the Sir Brian Lochore rugby camp for Under 17-year-olds in 2005.
An all-round sportsman, Dagg is a former Central Districts Under-17 cricket representative.”
If Israel stays in top form, you could get to see him here in the USA, when Universal/ Comcast broadcast Israel his team and global sporting peers in the Rugby World Cup 2011. He’s a good one!
[Photo of Israel Dagg via Zimbio]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.30.10~