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Former Westport youth
Jesse Forsyth has been
selected to play hockey
for the New Zealand
under-19 men’s team.
Bryan Forsyth, Jesse’s
father, said they found
out he was selected on
Sunday by e-mail.
He said Jesse had been
playing hockey “since
he could walk” and that
he was rapt he had been
Forsyth has just
completed his first year
at Lincoln University
where he is studying
towards a degree in
and management. He is
on a sports scholarship at
the university, for hockey,
and plays striker.
Jesse was selected
for the Canterbury
under-21 team while
playing for the Southern
United Hockey Club
senior men’s team. He
was then selected from
the Canterbury team
to attend trials for the
New Zealand team in
Auckland last week.
attended Buller High
School, but switched to
Nelson College for his
final year, after Westport’s
hockey turf was torn up
to be replaced.
He will fly to Australia
on January 8 to play a test
series again the Australia
and Japan under-19
teams. — Westport News
in NZ U19
Rob Nichol, Sarah Fairmaid and Richie McCaw at
the summit of Mount Roy.
Brendon McCullum will remain
New Zealand’s ODI captain until his
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson
yesterday confirmed there will be no
partial handing over of the reins to heir
apparent Kane Williamson during the
Sri Lanka and Pakistan limited-overs
series while McCullum is on the park.
“Not likely,” Hesson said.
“If Brendon doesn’t play, then obviously
Kane will be captain. It’s very difficult for
a new captain to come in and play with
someone else on the park.”
The view is that when Williamson
leads, he has a fresh sheet to work with
rather than any lingering glances at the
man prowling around mid-off, either for
guidance or approval.
Williamson is expected to captain New
Zealand in their five T20 internationals
against the two sub-continental teams
next month. McCullum’s days in the
shortest form are over.
He is not going to the World T20,
meaning it’s time to look ahead,
however, Hesson was emphatic on one
“Brendon is still our best captain.
We’ve obvious got a number of highly-
competitive games so, if we had the
option of having Brendon available, we’ ll
certainly use him.”
Hesson insisted McCullum remains
“He’s fully committed to the team until
the end of the test series against Australia
and obviously wanting to do well.”
McCullum said he had rather have
waited until the end of the second
Australian test in Christchurch, starting
February 20, to make his announcement.
The need to name the World T20 squad,
likely to be on February 11, worked
against that and there was also a desire
to avoid rumours and speculation
distracting the side.
McCullum, though, was not about to
start ruminating on his career just yet.
That will wait until after Christchurch.
“I’ve loved my opportunity to play for
and captain the Black Caps, but all good
things have to come to an end, and I’m
just grateful for the wonderful experience
of playing for my country,” McCullum
His body has been “a bit sore for a
while” but McCullum insisted giving
testimony in the Chris Cairns perjury
trial in London had no impact on his
Certainly while last year was a stellar
period for the 34-year-old — the first
test triple century by a New Zealander,
the most runs in a calendar year by a
New Zealand player until overtaken by
Williamson in Hamilton on Monday —
there had been no hundreds this year.
Making the World Cup final was the
standout leadership achievement.
There was the stress of the Cairns trial,
nothing remotely akin to the pressures
of sports captaincy, and the inescapable
impression that he was worn out.
His second-innings dismissal against
Sri Lanka in Hamilton on Sunday
— when he charged down the pitch
and heaved at a delivery when victory
was both within sight but also still
tantalisingly some distance away —
seemed a pointer to that.
However, McCullum does not think he
had mentally checked out or let future
thoughts affect him this year.
“I’m an either all in or all out kind of
bloke,” he said.
Instead, he thought he probably hadn’t
been in top form with the bat and had
played some “terrible” shots, which he
joked had probably “plagued my career”.
The world’s T20 circuit is in his sights.
McCullum has a three-year deal to
play for the Brisbane Heat in the Big
Bash League and a contract for the new
Indian Premier League franchise based in
Rajkot for a cool $US1.6 million.
His attention will also turn
increasingly to his horse racing and
So how will New Zealand ’ 28th test
captain be remembered? Certainly he has
been the country’s most daring captain.
Perhaps more than anything, he allowed
the country’s fans, especially the younger
ones, to dream what might be possible.
He has risked defeat in search of
victory, and that policy inevitably
guarantees not all days are golden.
He will be remembered far more for
the ups than downs and as a leader who
helped New Zealanders embrace the
game, and rejoice in what their team
achieved and the spirit with which they
— New Zealand Herald
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Provincial rugby coaches are already
reworking selection ideas and plans for
next year’s series after alterations to the
breakdown laws and the value of tries and
Harbour coach Steve Jackson expects
there will be more emphasis on attack
after it was today announced that tries will
be worth six points and penalties reduced
to match the value of conversions.
He expects teams will try to hold on to
possession for even longer periods and
information from trials in South Africa
and Australia pointed to high scores and
teams going for all out attack inside the
40m zone instead of kicking for goal.
Changes around breakdown laws 15
and 16 would eliminate the tackle and
possession-pinching work from such
experts as Richie McCaw and David
The law changes would encourage attack
and get players in better positions at the
breakdown rather than absorbing heavy
blows around their neck and head.
“I suppose the guys who were good
jacklers and stealers around the ruck
will have to change their games as well,”
If World Rugby ratify the law variations,
tacklers will have to roll away and their
team-mates will have to take up space and
drive over the ball.
Jackson thought mauls might become
more prevalent with an even greater
emphasis on strong scrums.
One of the difficulties would be getting
Super rugby players to alter the way
they have played throughout that series
before making the transition to the
There were also plans to use twin
referees but until sides got used to that at
training, Jackson was unsure about that
“I hope they won’t slow the game down
and will make more decisions rather than
having to go to the TMO.
“I understand one will try and look at
the breakdown and the defensive line
and there has been talk about a metre
back from the breakdowns so there are
going to be a lot of learnings for a lot of
“I’m not too sure if game needs two
refs but we don’t know until we try. Who
has more influence, the attacking ref or
Jackson was sure he would need to use
different types of loose-forwards who
were ball carriers, link players and tacklers.
— New Zealand Herald
Coaches alter plans for six-point try, breakdown law changes
Retired All Black
captain Richie McCaw is
scaling new heights as he
steps up training for an
epic endurance race.
McCaw is lining up
for the 550km event as
a member of the Cure
Kids team alongside
New Zealand Rugby
Players’ Association chief
executive Rob Nichol,
Wanaka adventure racer
Sarah Fairmaid and
former Blues player Ben
McCaw, fresh off the
back of the double Rugby
World Cup success,
is relishing his latest
the five-day adventure
race as a “true test of
grit, determination and
A smiling McCaw
posted a picture of a
recent training run taken
from the summit of
Mount Roy, a 1578m
peak behind Wanaka.
“ Fantastic views from
the top of Mt Roy!
Three of the four of my
Godzone Race Team.”
The Mt Roy track
is described as a very
strenuous hike uphill.
endurance race is
the largest and most
expedition race in the
Teams navigate some
of the country’s most
spectacular scenery and
wilderness using only a
map and a compass.
Each team member
must stay within 100m
of each other while
kayaking and rafting.
Teams have up to seven
days to complete the
It will take place in the
Tasman district in early
— NZ ME-NZ Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum at yesterday’s press conference in Christchurch to announce his retirement from all
international cricket at the end of summer.
McCullum captain until
retirement, says Hesson
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