web analytics

The Rugby League World Cup

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, November 20th, 2017 - 26 comments
Categories: International, journalism, Media, sport, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags:

Congratulations to Tonga for making the semi final of the World Cup and deservedly beating the Kiwis in round robin and for beating Lebanon in the quarter finals.  Congratulations also on having the most passionate fans.  The sea of red seen at the venues brought a tear to my eye!

Congratulations also to the Fijian team for playing out of their skins and beating the Kiwis in the quarter final.  They also played out of their skins and if anything were unlucky to win so narrowly.

It is good to see the formerly termed minnows playing so well.  It is also really good seeing professional players turning their backs on huge game payments so they can represent the country of their birth or ethnic origin.  Andrew Fifita for instance who was selected for Australia and could have earned $20,000 per test match and a winning bonus of $50,000 opted instead to play for Tonga and earn $500 per match.

There is a proposal to pay all teams in the World Cup the same amount.  What a great idea!  How socialist!

I think they should go full hog and make the World Cup similar to State of Origin although it appears the contest is heading this way albeit slowly.

Meanwhile the Kiwis received a blast from a number of fans for some pretty ordinary comments made after their second loss.  I think the reality is that they were outplayed by more passionate and dedicated teams and this is something that money cannot cure.

And there has been a beat up about claims of lawlessness in Otahuhu.  The claims are very neatly skewered in this article by Leah Damm who lives in South Auckland.  The article is a really worthy read.  She concludes by saying this:

It seems to me that New Zealand wants the talents of Pacific people to help win rugby games, but are reluctant to have an honest conversation about biases in the media representations of Pacific people, and how these narratives give oxygen to people eager to call us violent thugs and “apes”.

In the meantime, if there happen to be more celebrations in Ōtāhuhu this weekend (and I suspect there will be, win or lose), I am more than okay with hanging out in Ōtāhuhu with my three-year-old so she can wave to the revellers she calls Supermen.

Best of luck to Tonga and Fiji in the semi finals.

26 comments on “The Rugby League World Cup”

  1. Ad 1

    Kiwi defence against Fiji was awesome.
    Just crap inventiveness outside, and in their quarter.

  2. Ad 2

    New Zealand and Australia have been awesome sports career accelerants for Pacifika peoples.

    But NZLeague admin have let Warriors pretty much die and with it NZ attractiveness as a league career.

    New Zealand are now a second tier league side.

    Like the construction industry, it’s going to take a delivery crisis to push them to act enough to recover.

    • tracey 2.1

      NZ League admin do not own the Warriors.

      Their obligation is to run Rugby League in NZ. Their administration has been incompetent for a very long time.

      There has been a crisis for some time in NZ League and a heck of a lot of signs of it before last Saturday.

      Lebanon nearly beat Tonga.

      League is not a global game. They pay lip service to the notion by having several versions of an Australian side. I mean do Italy and lebanon even know they play rugby league!

  3. The decrypter 3

    Maybe the Kiwis could get a bouncy castle to play on?

  4. Carolyn_nth 4

    So, some significant players from the Pacific, or descendants of people from there, decided to play for their country of (family) origin.

    Well, NZ professionalised sport has benefited in both codes of rugby, by enticing promising Pacific players to play under their umbrella – and money has been a big enticement.

    The players deciding to turn their backs on the money, in favour of the Pacific teams, has exposed the exploitation of the Pacific, by NZers.

    Well done those players who chose their countries of origin.

    • tracey 4.1

      It would be interesting to see how many of the Pacific players you refer to were born in the various pacific countries and not NZ.

      • Carolyn_nth 4.1.1

        The current Tongan team.

        Most were born in NZ or Aussie, though I don’t know how many come from parents or grandparents who were attracted to NZ for the rugby dollars.

        The following members of the team were born in Tonga:

        Ukuma Taʻai

        Sam Moa – played for NZ and Tonga.

        Solomone Kata – played for NZ and Tonga.

        Konrad Hurrell – aspired to play for Kiwis.

        That may just be enough players opting for Tonga rather than NZ, (possibly the same for Fiji), to tip the scales away from NZ to the Pacific nations.

        It just takes one or two class players to make the difference for an otherwise patchy side. See this weekend’s All Black game – Sonny Bill Williams pulled a couple of exceptional rabbits out of the hat to set up 2 AB tries – and Beauden Barrett with that final try saving tackle,

  5. mauī 5

    Go Tonga! I think we’ve got heaps to learn from their passion. May you now beat Australia,

    Something this feat has also reminded me of is how influential pacific people are in sport, and how little credit they get for it. Why isn’t there a Pacific Island Institute of Sport based in Nuku’alofa or Suva for example.

  6. Ad 6

    Tonga don’t have a shit show against Australia.

    Fiji versus England is the one to watch.

  7. eco maori 7

    My only input to this debate is that the Kiwi league Bosses should read The ART of WAR by SUN TZU There is a lot on leading a organization to win as its all about strategy and motivation the people Kia Kaha

  8. The Real Matthew 8

    So let’s take a look at the Tongan rap sheet thus far

    – Fights in Supermarkets
    – Riots in Otahuhu town centre which had to be closed
    – Security Guard king hit at Tonga vs Samoa game
    – Female police officer knocked unconscious at Tongan celebrations
    – Poor fan behavior at games

    And yet we still have people making excuses for Tongan fan behavior. No other teams fans behave like that. Not Samoans, not Fijian’s, not Lebanese, not Italians just Tongans most of who have been born and raised in New Zealand and aren’t even Tongan!!

    • Ross 8.1

      Just imagine how much worse their behaviour will be when they lose!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2

      “Aren’t even Tongan!”

      So they’re New Zealanders, and your centre-right leaning tower of prejudice just collapsed.

    • tracey 8.3

      NZ fans assaulted a peruvian photographer in leg 1.

    • Daveosaurus 8.4

      53 arrests (by the reports I’ve seen). In comparison, the total of arrests at the Wellington Sevens has been known to get into three figures. But then, they’re palagis, and to white-supremacists like yourself that doesn’t count, does it?

      • The Real Matthew 8.4.1

        Lucky to get 53 people to the Wellington Sevens but my observation of the crowd is that its very much a multi-cultural crowd. But that wouldn’t count to a brown supremacist would it?

  9. millsy 9

    The Kiwis loss is because of a litany of dysfunctuon in the team. Earlier this year, the captain was caught trying to buy cocaine after the ANZAC test, Regardless of your views on this, this is a huge sign of Ill discipline. Look at what happened to the NZ cricket team when drugs were put into the mix. It took about 5-6 years for things to come right.

    Coach, manager and captain need to go.

    • Zorb6 9.1

      The NZ cricket team and the Kiwis have in common,inconsistency and a tendancy to over rate themselves after a win.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meetings
    World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. David Parker leaves on Tuesday for a series of meetings in the UK and Switzerland that aim ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada
    The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.  While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.  “New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government to deliver family carers $2000 pay rise, expand scheme to spouses this year
    The Coalition Government is delivering this year the changes to Funded Family Care the disability sector has long-asked for, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “Today we are announcing the details of our big changes to Funded Family Care, including an annual average pay boost of $2,246.40 for funded ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia
    Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta joins te ao Māori in their sorrow as they learn of the loss of one of the great orators and spokespersons of a generation – Piri Sciascia.  “The son of Pōrangahau was a staunch advocate for Māori development and served his people for over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister opens new ecosanctuary at Cape Farewell
    A new ecosanctuary with a predator proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell, which will restore a safe home for sea birds, rare native plants, giant snails, and geckos, was officially opened today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “There has been a fantastic community effort supported by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia
    The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. On Saturday morning a NZDF Boeing 757 will depart New Zealand to uplift ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive PGF funding: A $9.88 million investment to begin the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low
    The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above forecast by $0.7 billion resulting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020
    The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that more than 1900 new Police have been deployed since the Coalition Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding: A $7 million investment in Wairarapa Water Limited for the pre-construction development of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Progress with new Police station in Mahia
    Community safety and crime prevention in the East Coast community of Mahia has moved forward with the opening of a new Police station to serve the growing coastal settlement. Police Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the new station, which was relocated almost 20 kilometres along the coast from the nearby ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
    With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. “The need for action for a healthy whitebait fishery has never been greater,” Eugenie Sage said.  “Four of the six whitebait species are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change
    A new Ministry of Education resource available for schools in 2020 will increase awareness and understanding of climate change, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The resource, Climate Change – prepare today, live well tomorrow, will help students understand the effects of climate change at a local, national and global ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Getting more out of our most productive firms
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has approved the terms of reference for an Inquiry into the economic contribution of New Zealand's frontier firms. Frontier firms are the most productive firms in the domestic economy within their own industry. “These firms are important as they diffuse new technologies and business practices into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZDF sends more support to Australia
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending an Environmental Health Team, a Primary Health Care Team and a Chaplain to Australia, boosting New Zealand support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles bush fires in Victoria and New South Wales, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand joins partners in calling for full investigation into air crash in Iran
    Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters says that developments suggesting a surface-to-air missile is responsible for the downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight in Iran is disastrous news. “New Zealand offers its deepest sympathies to the families of the 176 victims. It is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Staying connected to Australian agriculture
    Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, says the Ministry for Primary Industries is continuing to stay connected to federal authorities in Australia as devastating fires affect the country.  “The Ministry is using an existing trans-Tasman forum for discussions on the agricultural impact of the fires and the future recovery phase,” says Damien ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Investment in schools – a commitment to communities
    Thousands of school-age children, their teachers and wider communities are benefiting from the Government’s multi-million dollar investment upgrading and renewing schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “We want New Zealand to be the best place to be a child and that means learning in warm, comfortable and modern classrooms,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Defence Force sends support to Australia
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark today announced New Zealand is sending three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and crew, and two NZ Army Combat Engineer Sections as well as a command element to support the Australian Defence Force efforts in tackling the Australian fires.  The New Zealand Defence Force ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Better access to books for blind and low vision citizens on World Braille Day
    "Today is World Braille Day and I am delighted to announce that an international treaty giving blind and low vision New Zealanders access to books and literary works comes into force today,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “Today the Marrakesh Treaty and the associated amendments to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to send further firefighter support to Australia
    The New Zealand Government is sending a further 22 firefighters to help fight the Australian fires. “The devastation caused by these fires is taking a substantial toll on our Australian neighbours and we will continue to do what we can to assist as they deal with this extremely dynamic, dangerous ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Reducing the cost of education
    Twenty-two more schools have opted into the Government’s policy of providing $150 per child to schools who don’t ask parents for donations– bringing the total number of schools in the policy to 1,585. The Ministry of Education has accepted late opt ins past the November 14 deadline from schools that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Road deaths lower in 2019, but still more work to do
    “As we enter the new decade, my thoughts are with the families, friends and communities of the 353 people who lost their lives in road crashes last year. While the number of deaths is lower than in 2018 (377), this is still a staggering loss of life,” Duty Minister Iain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago