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Magic Johnson

The NRL Auckland Nines wasn’t quite the fairytale comeback Shaun Johnson was hoping for, but it served up a reminder of how much I’ve missed the great game of rugby league, and how much excitement can come from one special player. At times he looked rusty, but then he did this:

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Notes From The Nines

So the Warriors didn’t win the Auckland Nines, but there were still plenty of thrills for fans of this great game. Here are the 10 most important things the NRL Warrior team learnt from the first weekend of rugby league in 2015:

1. You can’t deny that the best team won. As gallant as the Sharks were in the final, the Bunnies dominated the tournament from start to finish. They romped home in both the quarter and the semi, had all the ball in the final and were stingy on defence over both days. With Adam Reynolds and Isaac Luke steering them around the park, and George Burgess as their enforcer, the Bunnies showed exactly why they are favourites to defend their NRL title. Continue reading Notes From The Nines

Potential Auckland Nines Squad?

The Auckland Nines might have crept up on a few people, but with January racing by, the start of the season is almost here. The squad is due to be out in the next week or so, but in the meantime, here’s a look at who I’d like to see run out onto Eden Park on 31 January.


Sam Tomkins — The hot-stepping Englishman who came with a huge reputation. Although he started the season with a few errors, he improved with every week in the NRL and will be looking to have a massive year in 2015.

Konrad Hurrell — I’ve checked the weather report and it looks like a Category 5 Hurrellcane is due to hit the Mt Eden area the weekend of 31 Jan­–1 Feb. According to the Saffir-Sampson Hurricane Wind Scale, that means catastrophic damage for anything that crosses the Hurrellcane’s path. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. But, in all seriousness, who wants to tackle this guy? Continue reading Potential Auckland Nines Squad?