Alex Powell

Chanel Harris Tavita. NZ Warriors v Wyong Roos, 2018 ISP Intrust Super Premiership Rugby League season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 July 2018. Copyright photo: Renee McKay /

Who's the Warriors' next halfback? Five names that could replace Shaun Johnson

Johnson's departure leaves the Warriors with several interesting options for the number seven jersey.

Scott Robertson Coach of the Crusaders

Who should replace Steve Hansen? A look at the All Blacks' best prospects

With Hansen's future uncertain after 2019, 1 NEWS NOW's Alex Powell looks at NZ Rugby's options.

Auckland fans at the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership final

Opinion: Auckland Rugby prove you can treat supporters as fans, not customers

Yesterday's crowd showed the value in placing people over profit in sport.

The All Blacks' lock asserted his dominance against the Wallabies last month.

Opinion: Sorry Beauden, but Brodie Retallick is the best rugby player on the planet

The All Blacks' loss against the Springboks in Wellington highlights the impact of their star second rower.

World Cup power rankings: Underdogs now the top dogs in tournament of surprises

Alex Powell looks at who's on top of the pile as huge upsets continue to rock the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Opinion: No Sir John Kirwan, you didn't fail the Blues - they failed you

The legendary All Black was made a scapegoat by a side overloaded with on and off-field issues.

The winger was an omission from the end of year tour squad.

Opinion: He should have been the next Jonah Lomu, instead Julian Savea's shortened All Blacks career will leave fans wondering what could have been

The former All Blacks winger has been linked with a switch to Toulon, with his future in the black jersey all but over.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson celebrates his century on Day 3 of the 3rd test match between New Zealand Black Caps and South Africa Proteas. International test match cricket. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Monday 27 March 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Opinion: Kane Williamson, our first to 18 Test tons - but which was the best?

After cracking the milestone, we've taken a trip down memory lane, to pick his top five knocks.

South African fans making Sonny Bill Williams masks

Opinion: Warner v de Kock spat exposes Australian sledging hypocrisy... again

For years, the Australian cricketers have been happy to dish out abuse, but can't handle it coming back.

'It still doesn't feel real' - Catch-a-Million winner bought his shirt minutes before catch

Dunedin builder Craig Dougherty pocketed $50,000 after taking a one handed catch at the Black Caps' ODI win yesterday.

Lima Sopoaga celebrates against South Africa

Opinion: Lima Sopoaga chose cash over country - and there's nothing wrong with that

It's time to understand that players need to look after their families before pleasing fans.

Otere Black in action against the Cheetahs

Opinion: Otere Black - the final piece of the Blues' jigsaw

The Auckland-bound first-five has the all round game that the Blues are crying out for.

The Chiefs' fullback will wear the number 10 for the Maori All Blacks against the Lions tonight.

Opinion: Why Damian McKenzie would be stupid to leave NZ rugby

With Aaron Cruden about to leave McKenzie could find himself challenging for a regular starting spot, writes Alex Powell.

Jordie Barrett during an All Blacks rugby training session at Toyota Park in Chicago, USA. Tuesday 1 November 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Opinion: Why Jordie Barrett has to be the All Blacks' go-to man for Eden Park Lions decider

With injuries and suspensions plaguing the All Blacks backline stocks, the youngest Barrett could be Steve Hansen's saving grace.

Rennie made it clear that if he was to stay in NZ he would like to stay at the Chiefs rather than being an assistant coach for the All Blacks.

Opinion: Chiefs' mastermind Dave Rennie has to be the next All Blacks assistant coach

Wayne Smith's retirement has left a hole in the New Zealand coaching set-up that only Rennie can fill, writes Alex Powell.

Opinion: New Zealand cannot simply let Australian rugby die

Make no mistake, these are certainly dark times for Australian rugby, and New Zealand needs to step in and help.

The Blues coach raised a few eyebrows, leaving the likes of George Moala and Rene Ranger on the bench for his side’s clash with the Rebels.

Opinion: There's something about Tana - how Umaga is taking the Blues back to the top

The Blues coach has lifted the spirits of both players and supporters, with big things on the horizon in 2017.

Tim Southee celebrates with Kane Williamson

Black Caps need to improve on T20 showing as ODI series begins

New Zealand's meek performance against South Africa at Eden Park highlighted the gulf in class between the two sides.

All Blacks' Ben Smith, Kieran Read & Israel Dagg hold the Steinlager Trophy

Opinion: Ben Smith, Israel Dagg re-signing shows ABs jersey stronger than ever

Both turned down huge offers from European sides to stay in NZ.

Warriors dejected after 3rd defeat in the Auckland Nines

Opinion: Nines flop not a sign of things to come for the Warriors

A disappointing showing at the annual pre-season showpiece doesn't mean the club's failures of the past will be repeated.

Opinion: Never mind the Warriors, Kieran Foran can make Shaun Johnson great again

The Warriors and Kiwis star could be back to his best with the signing of Foran for 2017.

Ross Taylor within touching distance of reaching Test century milestone

The Black Caps batsman is only one Test century behind his mentor Martin Crowe.

Ben Smith of New Zealand is tackled by Michael Hooper of Australia. New Zealand All Blacks v Australian Wallabies, Bledisloe Cup, rugby union test match, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 October 2016. © Copyright Image:

European 'player drain' is nothing for NZ rugby to fear

The inevitable pull of cash rich overseas clubs once again hovering over New Zealand may not be so bad.

The All Blacks and Hurricanes flyer appeared to be in good nick, as he races to be fit for the Brisbane Global Tens event in February.

Opinion: Nehe Milner-Skudder needs strong 2017 for All Blacks' sake

The 2015 World Cup winner needs to come back strong having missed most of 2016 with shoulder injury.


Opinion: Ryan Crotty - the real hero of 2016

Having gone from an All Blacks outsider to key man in 2016, Crotty doesn't receive enough praise for the work he does in the black jersey.


Opinion: Enough is enough, bring back Jesse Ryder

The big-hitting bad boy of NZ Cricket is needed more than ever after the Black Caps' loss to Australia.

The newly crowned heavyweight champ achieved his goal on the world stage last night.

'We're going to dominate the heavyweight division' - Joseph Parker aiming for the top after historic WBO title

The Kiwi heavyweight wants to make the division his own after claiming the WBO title.


Opinion: Tonight's Parker v Ruiz fight set to showcase the better side of heavyweight boxing

The way that the two fighters have interacted this week has shown a lighter side to a sometimes ugly sport, writes Alex Powell.

Gavin Larsen says there were multiple factors leading to nine-wicket haul in yesterday's final session.

Aussie media right to be scared of Black Caps ahead of ODI series

Recent comments in the Australian press show that the Black Caps are in with a shot at the Chappell-Hadlee trophy.

The halfback says he, Smith and Kerr-Barlow all get along well and no matter the role each has for a particular game, the three help each other out as best they can.

Opinion: TJ Perenara and Aaron Smith duel a great conundrum for All Blacks selectors

Having two world-class halfbacks will only aid the All Blacks' cause going into 2017.

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