Eleanor Ainge Roy

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Sep 10

New Zealand rugby must change attitudes towards women, review finds

Report reveals 36 incidents investigated in the last four years, including violence, sexual comments, homophobia, and drug and alcohol breaches

New Zealand rugby must change its outdated attitudes towards women and sexual orientation, and get over its culture of entitlement, an independent review into the culture of the country’s beloved national sport has found.

The Respect and Responsibility Review was commissioned by New Zealand Rugby after a string of serious incidents last year, where players from the Chiefs rugby team were accused of groping, licking and throwing gravel at an erotic dancer they had hired for their end-of-season party, as well as making homophobic comments to a gay couple.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/11/new-zealand-rugby-must-change-attitudes-towards-women-review-finds

Jul 08

‘Sport is not scripted. You never know what is going to happen.’ Lions and All Blacks fans on the tied series

New Zealanders and Britons celebrate together on the streets of Auckland as the third test – and the tour – ends with honours even

A draw. A dead heat. 15-15. And the series too, after the epic twists and turns of the last three weeks, is therefore a tie: one win for New Zealand, one win for the Lions, and Saturday’s stalemate.

In Auckland’s waterfront fan zone, where thousands of supporters of both sides watched the epic showdown on more than a dozen giant screens, people turned to each other, shaking their heads, laughing at the tension they felt mere moments ago, when it seemed life – or death – was on the line.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/08/british-lions-all-blacks-new-zealand-auckland