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From Rugby To Cricket And League – Here’s Your Sports Roundup Of The Past Month


Rugby

Former All Black Sione Lauaki passed away on February 12th age 35, suffering from kidney failure. Lauaki played 17 tests as a forward, showing enormous amounts of power and potential. Debuting in Auckland back in 2002, Lauaki went on to play for the Chiefs in 2004, and made his test debut against Fiji in Albany in 2005. He was also part of the 2007 World Cup All Black squad, playing against Portugal, Scotland and Romania before being suspended for two games after a high tackle against Romania. Lauaki was a huge part of the Chief’s rugby, a 70-cap player. His death has led to a huge outpouring of grief in the New Zealand rugby community, with Chiefs captain Liam Messam dedicating the teams Brisbane Global Rugby Tens campaign to Lauaki’s memory.

Cricket

The New Zealand BLACK CAPS have retained the Chappell-Hadlee trophy after defeating the admittedly neutered Australian side 2-0. After a close match at Eden Park and a rained-off Napier excursion, it came down to Trent Boult and a stunning spell of 6-33 off ten overs to bring the series to a close, and send the Aussies off empty handed. After the series, Luke Ronchi and Martin Guptill received the call to come back to the team after injuries forced them out of the Chappell-Hadlee series. Jimmy Neesham is also likely to be back in play after Colin Munro was dropped.

 

Boxing

Manny Pacquiao has asked his Twitter followers who he should fight next, with a poll featuring four potential opponents. Amir Khan, Jeff Horn, Terence Crawford and Kell Brook were offered, with British fighter Khan taking top spot. The Filipino boxer retired last April after beating Timothy Bradley but returned to the ring to claim the world welterweight title from Jesse Vargas in November. A spokesman for Pacquiao said that he was due to meet with his manager Michael Koncz and that a statement about his next fight would soon follow.

Triathlon

Daniel Whitburn recently joined a list of greats at the Kinloch Triathlon. The 17 year old finished first in the prestigious Erin Baker race, joining Kiwi Olympians Bevan Dochert, Sam Warriner and multiple NZ Ironman Champion Cameron Brown. Whitburn finished nearly three and a half minutes ahead of Cameron Paul, who placed second. He looked calm and composed throughout the race, but evidently that paid off. After the race, Whitburn thanked his parents and coach, Bruce Hunter for their support in getting him to this huge milestone in his running career.

Cover image credit: BLACKCAPS via Twitter and Zegreg63 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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