Kiwi rugby league football captain Benji Marshall married the beautiful Australian television presenter Zoe Balbi yesterday in a lavish ceremony in Byron Bay. A red velvet wedding cake and Stan Walker‘s gift of song celebrated the love birds special day.
[Photo - Getty Images].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.1.13~
From 2013 no [rugby league] player will be eligible to play for New South Wales or Queensland [two Australian States] in the State of Origin tests unless he has lived in that state before the age of 13, or unless he is the son of an Origin player.
–RFL outlines new safe guards to ensure New Zealand rugby league sports codes has a decent chance at developing talent right through the grades system in New Zealand. NZ has become a fish tank of sorts, merely growing talent for Australia. So the news is seen as excellent for Kiwi sports.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.12.12~
Shaun Johnson will play Sonny Bill Williams in a rugby league match when The Vodafone Warriors face Roosters at Eden Park.–Read more.
[Photo: SBW. Credit: NG].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.11.12~
NRL rugby league’s rules banning the shoulder charge in rugby league was played out on TV between Patria Hulme and Wally Lewis. Lewis is all for it. Patria says players health is more important. (more…)
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Sports Video: BM – Aussie Japan Maori cross-over sports korero.
Tee Shirt designs – Jazzy Jeff.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.11.12~
In sports worst kept secret, Sonny Bill Williams return to rugby league for the Sydney Roosters was confirmed. At the press conference SBW said returning to league was “tough” and a ”huge challenge.” More at SMH.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.11.12~
Olympic rowing champion Eric Murray (far right) will don the boxing gloves to fight Warriors rugby league winger Manu Vatuvei in a charity bout in December. ReadUp@TV3.
Good to see the sports codes crossing over for a good cause. Work it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.11.12~
NRL are considering blocking Williams’ widely-discussed return to rugby league with the Sydney Roosters due to the fact the dual international is managed by non-accredited player agent Khoder Nasser.
“The Roosters understand that if they are to bring Sonny Bill to the game, they need to come and approach us about that,” Mattiske said.
“They need to get to a point where they’ve got a contract they can bring to us for registration – at this stage we’re waiting for that to happen.”
But to date there is no contract in place, an issue recently appointed Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said would be his first item of business.
New Zealand’s Mike Kilpatrick gets catty on it in their sports tone for yahoo. Here’s some quotes:
The NRL apparently considering blocking a deal with the Roosters as Nasser, who has attracted much controversy over the years, is unwilling to become an accredited agent and his workings with SBW need explained before the NRL will accept his contract.
PLENTY OF ABILITY – TONY MUNDINE WISHES SONNY BILL WILLIAMS WELL IN NEXT BOXING BOUT BEFORE RUGBY LEAGUE YEAR RESTARTS
“He’s got plenty of ability I wish him well… The thing that adds a bit of spice to it is because of the whole All Black/South Africa factor involve.”
–says boxing great Anthony Mundane, in wishing Sonny Bill well in upcoming fight with 44-year-old South African veteran Francois Botha, dubbed the “White Buffalo”, on November 24 before joining the Sydney Roosters for his NRL career resumes.–The Telegraph.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.10.12~
Rugby League News: The Sydney Morning Herald reports: “Australia downed New Zealand 18-10 in a high quality rugby league Test in Townsville on Saturday night.
In an arm-wrestle of a game, Tim Sheens‘ side outlasted the Kiwis in front of a capacity crowd of more than 26,000.
New Zealand have not beaten Australia in a one-off Test since 2003 and skipper Cameron Smith becomes only the third man to captain a side to three trophies in a year after helping Melbourne to the NRL premiership and Queensland to a seventh straight State of Origin series.” –SMH.
NZH reported: “The Kiwis produced one of their best performances in recent times in a one-off test against the Kangaroos, however they still came up short, losing a thrilling match in Townsville 18-10.
Although the signs were positive enough, the ultimate failing was familiar – they simply didn’t score enough points.
Ten is never going to be enough to beat Australia. They had their chances to at least double that tally, but the final pass never stuck, and in the end the Kangaroos claimed the victory thanks to a second half penalty and a try by Darius Boyd eight minutes from full time.
Until that point the game was anyone’s, with Josh Hoffman coming closest to breaking it open for the Kiwis.”–NZH.
Australia: Tries: C. Smith, J. Tamou, D. Boyd; Goals J. Thurston 3
New Zealand: Tries I. Luke, G. Beale; Goal K. Inu.
[Photo - Bradley Kanaris Getty]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.10.12~
Heading into a rugby league test match between the Kiwis and the lads across the ditch (Aussie) the pre-match psych up is always going to be funny reading on a quiet Saturday afternoon.
A lot of interest is on Kiwi’s prop Sam Kasiano. A wee slip of a Polynesian lad who is of Samoan lineage, Sam weighs in at a slight 130kgs. Kasiano is said to be media shy.
In fact a “crippling shyness” is what Sam team buds say of Sam if you believe the rugby league tabloids.
(There’s no shyness that a 21 piece bucket of KFC won’t melt to - before a media interview with Sam then :).
Australia’s captain, Cameron Smith, says: “If you look at the way the Bulldogs played this year [Sam] Kasiano was a huge threat with the ball – he was a 130kg halfback playing with the footy. He’s the world’s biggest halfback.” (more…)
If Tony Iro wants the job, he will be the assistant coach of the Vodafone Warriors next year according to new coach Matthew Elliott.
I liked the way Owen Glenn (one of the Warriors club owners) positioned Elliot’s coach placement today at the press conference saying, “give him a fair go,” thus easing any unrealistic expectations and allowing breathing space for a newbie coach to settle in.
I’ve always liked the Warriors (a Kiwi thing). Unpretentious, grass roots sports stars too, homegrown tough lads of the South Pacific too. They’re bros to the days.
Of the new coach, Glenn said: “In my interview with Matthew, I was immensely impressed by the clarity of his vision for the Vodafone Warriors in the years to come. Having personally made the commitment to add substantial resources to the club, I came away very confident that he will have a hugely positive impact on our team.” See video.
Go the Mighty Warriors! :)
[Photo: Tony Iro in coaching mode - The Telegraph].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.10.12~
Rugby league football in New Zealand is taking a closer look at Matthew Elliott‘s coaching profile. The Vodafone Warriors team, might have found themselves a good guy who can do the job. Elliott’s coaching history has been with Bradford, Canberra and Penrith in a coaching capacity. (more…)
KERRE WOODHAM MC’S A BIG NIGHT FOR RUGBY LEAGUE – TONILEE & MICHEAL LUCK’S FOOTBALL CLUB’S CELEBRATIONS
Kate Woodham and Kerre Woodham hang out. A-List photo.
One of New Zealand’s most favorite journalistic-minded celebrity personality, Kerre Woodham had the chance to MC a fanstastic night of rugby league for the Vodafone Warriors team.
In her much loved weekend reports, the cheeky Kerre writes: “I had the pleasure of being master of ceremonies at the Vodafone Warriors’ awards evening this week and what a great night it was.
The team may have had a pretty average season but there was still much to celebrate and a very special departing Warrior to honour.
Micheal Luck has played 100 games for the Warriors but is leaving New Zealand to take up a job with the North Queensland Cowboys.
It was testament to his professionalism and popularity that he received a standing ovation from the 750-strong crowd when he was called to the stage.
He gave a very gracious speech, thanking all the people who had made his time in New Zealand such a special experience. But it was his moving tribute to his wife ToniLee that really tugged at the heartstrings.
Photo: Micheal Luck and ToniLee. A Norrie Montgomery photograph.
For more of Kerre’s words, jet2theStory.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.10.12~
Photo: Melbourne Storm trio Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk celebrate the team’s grand final victory. Picture: Brett Costello. Source: The Daily Telegraph.
It was a high drama infamous NRL grand final this year. Melbourne Storms 14. Canterbury Bulldogs 4.
News.Com.Au reported: “Coach Craig Bellamy’s men put themselves back in the history books as premiers after defeating Canterbury 14-4 at ANZ Stadium last night.
It was a spiteful encounter with the Bulldogs, the aftermath of which will play out this week.
Halfback Cooper Cronk’s masterful display earned him the Clive Churchill Medal.
Captain Cameron Smith said Storm’s victory was one for grit and belief. “To all those players in the purple jerseys, you have
been outstanding his year,” he said. “We hit a rough spot, a lot of people were doubting where we would finish. We hung tough, we stuck solid, and we got the rewards.”
Melbourne dominated from the outset, controlling the ball in attack in a manner unheard of in a grand final.
For all of the drama, including a biting incident on star fullback Billy Slater, check it. Go Melbourne. Congratulations.
[Photo: Storm fullback Billy Slater is put in a head lock by David Stagg after Sam Perret scored a try for the Bulldogs. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: The Daily Telegraph].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.10.12~
The Canterbury Bulldogs were unstoppable against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. 32-8 the final score. The Herald Sun reported:
“With their trademark combination of glitz, guts, brutal defence and brilliant tip-on attack, the Bulldogs booked a date with destiny by turning on a long-range try blitz to end South Sydney’s season. As always, two-time premiership-winning coach Des Hasler attempted to deflect attention away from the brilliant six-tries-to-one victory.”
BULLDOGS 32 (S Perrett 2 G Eastwood K Inu F Pritchard J Wright tries K Inu 4 goals) (more…)
Global sports star: Sooni Biru Uiriamuzu‘s Japanese press–TripleM Media.
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
1. Miley Cyrus
2. Disconnect movie cast – Venice film festival 2012
3. Michelle Obama
4. Rockin Robin – The Jackson 5, 1979
5. Chris Hemsworth – GQ
6. New Zealand All Blacks tag
7. Brain Science Online Khan Academy, Madonna + USA news
8. LA Kings hockey team
9. Christchurch electrical avenue storm imagery
10. Sarah Shahi – USA
Mobilizing the USA’s youth to give a remote toss about politics and voting is taking a 200% Hollywood effort. In that regard, full credit to Miley Cyrus for burning some of her cool cred, to reconnect youth to having a say and knowing they have a say when it comes to voting the future direction of a nation. Photo captions: Miley’s Bun
@Mileys_Bun: Never back down @MileyCyrus at the PSA for Rock The Vote!! pic.twitter.com/CJM0Putx. Photo 2: Tish Cyrus twitter. Photo: 3:
Top Ten Kiwis are:
1. Brooke Fraser
2. Daniel Carter
3. Richie McCaw
4. Laura Dekker
5. Lisa Carrington
6. Russell Crowe
7. Sophie Pascoe
8. Maori Men
9. Sonny Bill Japan
10. Trelise Cooper fashion designer (fashions featured).
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.9.12~
Rugby/ Rugby League/ Boxing Entertainer News: Reuters reports via UK Eurosports:
Sonny Bill Williams has hit Japan to play rugby football for his new club Wild Nights. 12 weeks is the duration of SBW’s contract with sponsor Panasonic. SBW is now a part of the “wild samurai group” of Japan’s rugby family.
More @YahooNews. Sports stars in NZ don’t get much bigger than Sonny Bill. The price of his fame? Much like an actor working on film locations around the world, SBW is like a sports gypsy ya’ll.
In reality Sonny Bills should move on from sports and be a Hollywood movies action star. Sorry, he just should.
[Photo: Daily Telegraph.Au].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.8.12~
Young Benji Marshall is making waves in NRL football news this week. Benji’s player-profile can be viewed at his photo’s connect. Aaron Woods, Jarrad Szczuldo, Tom Humble and Manaia Rudolph are four players signed to West Tigeers, Benji’s home club.
A community focused person, Benji’s charity of choice is the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. He enjoys playing golf, driving cars, listening to music and relaxing with family. Click on the link to make a difference if you’d like to.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.8.12~
"Fill up my cup, mazel tov"--Yiddish song lyrics
Alright, it’s the photo rugby football fans and rugby league fans have all been waiting to see on the website, Mr Sonny Bill Williams of The Chiefs, modelling rugby football’s latest silver trophy.
Photo caption: Liam Messam & Sonny Bill Williams (R) of New Zealand’s All Blacks celebrating after beating Australia’s Wallabies’ in their Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match in Auckland August 25, 2012. Photo: Nigel Marple for Getty Images, courtesy of Yahoo Sports.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
Exciting sports news today is: NRL: Shaun Johnson hints at switch to sevens.
The idea as far as sports templates go, is brilliant. Today’s press, show’s Johnson’s talent as a sports star.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.8.12~
“That’s something I’ll look back on, how we suffered all through the year and came from nowhere as a team and now we’re forever going to be known as Super 15 champions so that’s pretty special.”–Sonny Bill Williams remembers his club rugby championship season, before heading overseas for a new chapter in sport.
All the best.
[Photo: Zimbio sports]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.8.12~