D'Arcy Waldegrave lives and breathes sport. He loves motorsport and revels in the torment of being a Warriors and Black Caps fan. Whatever the sport, big or small, he’s got a view. His non-stop enthusiasm sees him battle it out with a diverse selection of armchair commentators resulting in a sometimes explosive, but always compelling show weeknights 7pm-8pm on Newstalk ZB.
Peter Chote criticises planned changes to New Zealand's national football league
Team Wellington chairman Peter Chote has grave concerns the domestic game will become diluted.
New Zealand Football yesterday announced an overhaul of the country's national leagues to prioritise youth development and sustainability.
From 2021, the ISPS Handa Men's Premiership will disband, replaced by three regional club-based conferences (Northern, Central and Southern) with four teams from the northern conference, three from the central and two from the southern, plus Wellington Phoenix's development side progressing to a national championship phase at the end of the season.
The top sides from each will play a championship round at the end of the season and all teams must include two under-20 players in their starting 11s.
However, Chote spoke to D'Arcy Waldegrave on Sportstalk to share his thoughts in a wide-ranging discussion.
"It defies logic on how you can improve the quality of football in this country by spreading the small player base across a larger number of teams."
He says that they had just two weeks to give feedback, which was "well insufficient".
"There is a bit of thinking that we need to do about Team Wellington's and whether we can push on with this current National League with any degree of enthusiasm, because I don't know what any of it means."
Gary Stead provides Black Caps update, BJ Watling's injury
Devon Conway has found himself in the Black Caps test squad after a stunning international debut last week.
But not purely because of his form, however, as the South African-born batsman provides injury cover for BJ Watling who sustained a hamstring niggle in the opening round of the Ford Trophy.
Conway has been given the nod, nonetheless, and has travelled to Hamilton to join the squad at training, ahead of Thursday's first cricket test against West Indies at Seddon Park.
Speaking to media, head coach Gary Stead explained the move.
"We have another injury cover, Devon Conway will cover for BJ Watling who has a slight hamstring niggle that he picked up in his last Ford Trophy match. What that would mean is that Tom Blundell will take the gloves if BJ was ruled out and bat in the middle order which is why you'll see Devon Conway at training today," Stead said.
Conway earned his first cap for the Black Caps in their five-wicket win over the West Indies in Friday night's opening T20 at Eden Park; his 41-run knock a vital innings in the victory.
He then helped Glenn Phillips in a 184-run partnership world record in the final T20 which saw the Black Caps claim a 72-run victory.
The Black Caps claimed the series 2-0.
Blair Christiansen: Eden Park turf manager ready to transform the pitch from cricket to rugby
Eden Park turf manager Blair Christiansen has a plan locked in, now he just needs the weather to play ball.
The ground will host the first Twenty20 cricket match between the Black Caps and the West Indies on Friday night, before having to transform it into a rugby field for the Mitre 10 Cup premiership final between Auckland and Tasman on Saturday evening.
Christiansen says they'll be straight into their work as soon as the final ball is bowled on Friday night.
"Post will go straight up [and] logos to wash off. When we come in Saturday morning, the field will be ready for the cricket tray come out and the field marking for rugby."
He says they've sorted the timings around what needs to be done when, but mother nature is her own beast.
"If it was to rain all day Saturday, I'd have to find a way to get that line marking on for the rugby, but that period where I've allocated that time, at the moment, the weather forecast is okay.
"That's the one things we can't change where we've got such a fast turnaround."
Christiansen says hopefully it'll be almost impossible to tell the difference, apart from if you're close enough to measure the grass length.
Sir Bryan Williams: Moana Pasifika unveil star-studded squad to face Māori All Blacks
The colours of Pacific nations Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will come together under the first ever Moana Pasifika squad named by head coach and former All Black Tana Umaga for their historic clash against the Māori All Blacks next month.
One-test All Black and Highlanders first-five Josh Ioane was among the star-studded squad for the team set to join Super Rugby in 2022.
The backline includes Super Rugby stars Vince Aso, Fetuli Paea, Stephen Perofeta, Folau Fakatava, Leceister Fainga'anuku and Salesi Rayasi.
Chiefs players Samisoni Taukieaho and Pita Gus Sowakula, as well as Crusaders Michael Alaalatoa, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Sione Mafileo and Nasi Manu were also among the players named in the side.
Umaga congratulated the players selected for the first ever Moana Pasifika side to take on one of New Zealand's favourite teams.
"We're really proud of the squad we have selected – it's a great side. We were really spoilt for choice with selections, and as we have always known, players were really drawn to be part of this special team. We believe we have selected a squad that represents a great mix of players who identify with the great nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
"Many of the players are contracted Super Rugby players and all but one have proudly represented their provinces in Mitre 10 Cup in 2020. Although Wellington-raised Tomasi Alosio hasn't played Mitre 10 Cup this year, he is an established anchor for Samoan rugby, having dedicated most of his career to Samoa sevens.
"We have nine players who have represented one of these three Pacific nations; seven have played at Rugby World Cup or World Cup Sevens tournaments. We are really grateful to have had great support from the coaching teams of the Manu Samoa and Ikale Tahi (Tonga) as they also see this as an opportunity to build Pasifika home nations rugby talent and capability first.
"For some players like Josh Ioane, this may be the only opportunity they will get to play for a team that acknowledges their Pacific heritage, in a one-off fixture like this, and we're excited to have them in the mix."
Umaga said he was excited to give the players to connect with their culture and heritage.
"We know these players know how to play rugby, and under the Moana Pasifika banner we know they will represent their heritage with pride. This is a true Pasifika side with all of our players not only identifying as strongly with their Pasifika nation, but they also bring a special strength of tradition, culture and language from their families.
"I'm proud of this squad, and excited we can offer the opportunity for some of our players to connect with their culture and acknowledge their parents and families while for others they will continue their proud commitment to their Pasifika heritage.
"I'm looking forward to our Pasifika community turning out in force to do what they do so well, and fly their flags in loud and colourful support of our team against the Māori All Blacks in Hamilton on December 5."
Moana Pasifika was backed heavily for inclusion in next year's Super Rugby competition, but New Zealand Rugby decided the team needed time to prepare for the 2022 season instead.
It means the clash against the Māori All Blacks will be an important one for the team ahead of 2021, which will be used to build the Moana Pasifika brand and commercial support to join Super Rugby in 2022.
NZ Rugby are expected to announce the makeup of Super Rugby 2022 at the end of this month, which will likely comprise 12 teams with Moana Pasifika and the Suva-based Fiji Drua favoured to join the five established New Zealand and Australian sides.
Moana Pasifika patron Sir Bryan Williams welcomed the first squad naming as an excellent tribute to the special relationship Pasifika nations have with rugby.
"This is a special day. We are delighted to be able to celebrate bringing together a team of players who are proud
Nathan Brown: New Warriors coach on the number one thing he wants to achieve
New Warriors coach Nathan Brown has his feet under the desk at Mount Smart Stadium.
Brown got out of his two weeks managed quarantine over the weekend before beginning his tenure at the club on Monday.
He says there's a handful of new coaches across the competition like him, who have set out with the same goal.
"The one common goal that we would all have is that we want to be at the club for an extended period, and over an extended period, everyone wants to win."
Speaking to D'Arcy Waldegrave, Brown says it time will tell if supporters can have faith in him.
"The thing I would like to achieve in the Warriors is help them to become a consistent finals team, that's the number one thing I'd like to achieve."
Gregor Paul: What happened to the All Blacks against Argentina?
The All Blacks' latest performance will go down in history as having shamed their legacy, according to one rugby reporter.
The side lost 25-15 to Argentina's Pumas on Saturday, the first time they have lost to the team.
NZ Herald rugby writer Gregor Paul joined D'Arcy Waldegrave to dissect what happened during the match, after slamming the team in a column after the performance.
"The All Blacks had nothing. Really nothing and rarely in the last 10 years, maybe even in the last 20, have they played with such a sense of being rattled and so badly outclassed.
"Argentina nailed every little and big part of their game. They were supremely brave in every facet and maybe a defensive effort like the one they gave won't ever be reproduced."