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British and Irish Lions coach Warren
Gatland should take note — All Blacks
flyhalf Beauden Barrett is on a different
planet right now and might be even
better than three-times world player of
the year Dan Carter, New Zealand rugby
pundits have said.
The 25-year-old Barrett, last year’s
world player of the year, was instrumental
in the Wellington Hurricanes’ 28-24 win
over the Auckland Blues at Eden Park on
Saturday, scoring one try and setting up
their other three.
New Zealand Herald ’s Chris Rattue
said he had seen few better than Barrett,
comparing him to All Blacks great
Christian Cullen, whose electric pace and
vision was credited with changing the
role of the running fullback.
“Since I’ve been watching rugby, since
the early 1970s, the only player who is
on Planet Beauden Barrett is Christian
Cullen,” he wrote on Sunday.
“He’s already a better No 10 than Dan
Carter, apart from kicking, which means
the British and Irish Lions are in a lot of
Gatland brings the Lions to New
Zealand in June and July for a 10-match
tour, which includes three tests against
the All Blacks.
Carter made his test debut in 2003
but truly announced himself on the
international stage during the Lions
tour of New Zealand in 2015, most
notably in the second test. Carter totally
overshadowed opposite number Jonny
Wilkinson in the match, driving the
All Blacks around Wellington Regional
Stadium and scoring 33 points in a
performance described as the most
complete ever seen by a flyhalf.
In a scrappy game on Saturday, Barrett
grabbed the match by the scruff of the
neck and his searing pace and ability to
exploit space led to all of the Hurricanes
points. He scored his try by anticipating a
Blues lineout move that broke down and
outstripped Auckland ’s outside backs to
run in untouched from 45m out.
Barrett ’s pace also got him outside
the Blues’ drifting defensive line to
provide Ngani Laumape with his try,
while his vision to kick into space and
then regather the ball set up lock Mark
Abbott ’s second, and match-winning, try
with seven minutes remaining.
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said
Barrett ’s influence had been key.
“ We talked about that we had to win
those big moments and he singlehandedly
does that,” Boyd said. “And he is regularly
responsible for seven or 14 points for us
Blues coach Tana Umaga, who played
Super Rugby with Barrett ’s father Kevin,
said the flyhalf was only going to get
better as the season progressed.
“He’s just unbelievable at the moment
and playing with that much confidence
and vision, with time on the ball,” Umaga
“He is the world’s best player at the
moment and he’s still showing that.”
Despite an apparent form lift, Lydia
Ko has split with her latest caddie.
Numerous golf media outlets reported
Ko had parted ways with South African
Gary Matthews nine tournaments into
The New Zealand world No 1 is yet
to win this season, extending a drought
that stretches back to last July.
Ko came into the season boasting a
new coach, clubs and caddie.
The 19-year-old has recorded four top-
10 finishes — including a second placing
at last week’s tournament in Hawaii —
and was 11th at the first major of the
year in California.
Ko went through numerous caddies
in her rookie professional season before
enjoying a stint with Jason Hamilton
which lasted nearly two years and
featured 10 titles.
That relationship ended suddenly late
Ko is yet to name a caddie for the next
LPGA tournament in Texas starting on
Less than three years after quitting the
NRL to switch codes, New Zealand-born
Ben Te’o is poised to be named in rugby
union’s most famous touring squad, the
British and Irish Lions.
The South Sydney premiership winner
has played eight tests and started just
once for England, but is tipped to make
the 37-man squad for New Zealand,
setting up a potential showdown against
Sonny Bill Williams.
Te’o would become the first NRL player
in history to make the Lions squad.
The Lions v All Blacks series in June
will be the biggest rugby event of 2017
and Te’o’s mooted selection would cap
a remarkable transition to the 15-man
The 30-year-old would beat far more
experienced centres from Wales, Ireland
and Scotland, if he makes coach Warren
Gatland ’s squad, to be named tomorrow.
reported that Te’o will be on the trip, after
Lions assistant coaches Steve Borthwick
and Rob Howley watched in the stands,
as he helped Worcester defeat Bath last
Te’o and Williams both play at inside
centre. Williams is expected to start at
No 12 for the All Blacks during the series.
League fans will still remember Te’o’s
shoulder charge of Williams during the
Rabbitohs match against the Roosters in
Both men quit league after that season,
with Williams returning to the All Blacks,
while Te’o joined Irish club Leinster.
In late 2015, Te’o moved to Worcester
and by June last year, England coach
Eddie Jones picked him for the tour of
Australia. But Te’o did not play a game
against the Wallabies and had to wait
until last November to make his test
debut against South Africa.
He came off the bench, as England
defeated the Wallabies in December and
was a part of their Six Nations-winning
campaign this year. However, he was a
secondary midfield option, with Owen
Farrell the first-choice inside centre.
With only five midfield players to be
selected for the Lions, it would be a bold
move by Gatland to select Te’o, given he
is not a first-choice starter for his country
and he would inevitably take a spot ahead
of others who are regular starters.
Te’o was born in New Zealand, but
played a league test for Samoa and seven
State of Origin games for Queensland.
The Lions tour once every four years
and many great Northern Hemisphere
players never made a trip.
Gatland was in charge of the Lions in
2013, when they defeated the Wallabies
2-1, a series result that ultimately led to
the sacking of Australia’s coach Robbie
The Lions have not won a series against
the All Blacks since 1971, with their last
visit in 2005 resulting in a humiliating
3-0 whitewash. — n e w s .com .au
Man Kaur has travelled more than
13,000km to reach Auckland, so what
is 100m more for this remarkable
101-year-old athlete from India.
Kaur and her 79-year-old son Gurdev
have arrived for the World Masters
Games, where she will compete in the
100m, 200m, javelin and shot put.
After 19 hours of flying over two
days, Kaur entered the Auckland
Airport arrival hall in a wheelchair
and happily took questions, with her
son translating for the games oldest
competitor. But when given the chance,
she got up from the chair and skipped
at an impressive speed through the hall,
showing the form befitting a woman
who trains in the gym one day and on
the track the next.
“She never feels tired,” Gurdev, who
details her other athletic excursions
to competitions in the United States
(twice), Canada and Taiwan, said.
What ’s more, Gurdev reveals that
two months ago, she was found to have
severe osteoporosis of the spine and
shows a rather graphic x-ray on his
phone to prove it. Doctors have told
him: “ We don’t know how she runs.”
But run she has, this miracle from
Chandigarh, since taking up athletics
at the tender age of 93, when Gurdev
— who had competed in masters for 25
years — suggested it.
Athletics authorities insisted on
a medical check and she received a
glowing bill of health by experts at
“She had no knee problems or heart
problems, and I told her she should try
running,” Gurdev said.
At the Americas Masters in
Vancouver last August, other
competitors cheered her across the
finish-line, after she completed the
100m in one minute and 21 seconds.
Reports told of how she smiled, with
arms raised, clung to a water bottle and
could hardly speak, while other athletes
talked of being inspired by her efforts.
In Auckland, the next oldest
competitor will be Hamilton’s Reg
Rye, a 95-year-old who took up track
cycling just a couple of years ago.
As the only 100-plus competitor,
Man Kaur is assured of four golds in
the 10-day games, which begin on
Friday, taking her medal haul to well
over 20. One aim is to crack the one
minute 10 second mark in the 100m
at Trusts Stadium. And she can’t wait
to hear the Indian anthem played. She
will start with the 100m on Monday,
competes in the 200m and 2kg shot put
on Wednesday, and rounds things off
by hurling a 400g javelin on Thursday.
Gurdev is immensely proud and says
father Ranjit Singh, who passed away
five years ago, was also very supportive.
Man Kaur’s motivations include
encouraging older women to run and
eat well. “If God will give me power, I
will run accordingly. Till the day I die, I
will do this and may I die on the track...
no problem.” — NZME
An electrifying powhiri at
Te Papa, welcomed Sir Peter Snell
and honoured his gifts to the
The collection of medals,
trophies, and a running shoe, were
carried in to the national museum
as a karakia was sung.
Snell, his wife, two daughters,
and two granddaughters were
welcomed on to Te Papa’s
marae to officially gift the
donated items to the national
The donation is considered
taonga, with the museum saying
today is about honouring Sir
Around 300 people were in
attendance, including MPs,
representatives from NZ Sports,
and prefects from Mount Albert
Grammar School, Snell’s former
Snell admitted that the
welcome had left him feeling
emotional. He apologised to the
crowd, telling them the karakia
particularly over whelmed him.
“This (donation) has allowed me
to feel that New Zealanders know
I love this country, and this is
proof of it. I’m totally touched by
this whole experience.”
Among the donations, is the
right shoe he wore wore while
winning gold at the 1960 Rome
He said the left shoe was already
in use, as an athletics trophy for
Bay of Plenty girls.
“I did see it a few years ago, so
it ’s still around.”
Snell was then presented with
pounamu from Te Papa, to thank
him for the donation.
Texas-based Snell, 78, is making
his first trip to New Zealand
since he became a knight in 2009.
After visiting Te Papa, he heads
to Auckland to compete with his
wife, Miki, in table tennis at the
World Masters Games beginning
Items being gifted by Sir Peter
Rome Olympic Games gold
Tokyo Olympic Games gold
Shoe made by Arthur Lydiard,
worn in Rome Olympics, 1960
Three World Record plaques
awarded by the International
Amateur Athletic Federation
Tankard for the mile world
record in Whanganui, 1962
New Zealand Sportsman of
the Year Award trophy, 1960 and
Sydney Olympic Games torch,
Insignia of the Knight
Companion of the New Zealand
Order of Merit, badge and breast
Order of the British Empire,
British Empire and
Commonwealth Games gold
medals, Perth, 1962
— New Zealand Herald
Ko splits with latest caddie
Te’o tipped for
Newcastle have launched a bid to
lure Warriors playmaker Kieran Foran,
with the NRL playmaker meeting with
Knights coach Nathan Brown on the
The NZ Kiwis international travelled
from Canberra to the NSW Central
Coast to discuss the prospect of leaving
the Warriors, after Saturday’s loss to the
Raiders. But Brown said he was none the
wiser about Foran’s intentions after the
“ We met up on the Central Coast and
had a chat,” Brown said. “ But honestly,
whether living in Newcastle is a genuine
option for Kieran, I don’t know.”
The Knights are one of several clubs
believed to be interested in signing the
five-eighth, when his one-year deal
with the Auckland-based Warriors runs
out. Family commitments dictate the
26-year-old live in Sydney and he has
been linked to a reunion with former
Manly coach Des Hasler at Canterbury.
Knights latest club to court Foran
PICTURE: NZ Herald
World Masters Games
competitors 79-year-old Gurdev
Singh with his mother 101-year-old
Man Kaur in Auckland yesterday.
for masters games
Barrett’s performance electrifies
PICTURE: Getty Images
Hurricanes Beauden Barrett makes a break away from Blues Sonny Bill Williams on Saturday night at
Eden Park in Auckland.
Sir Peter Snell at Te Papa today.
PICTURES: NZ Herald
Sir Peter Snell’s family carry in the gifts to add to the national
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