The qualifier has to be used because the Ferns had been crowned world champions that year, while the All Blacks had drawn their series with the British Lions.
The only real contender to challenge the Ferns were the Crusaders, but the judges rightly came to the conclusion that winning a World Cup outranked winning Super Rugby.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
PACIFIC POWER HOUSE
FIJI HAVE NEVER QUITE BEEN ABLE TO FULFIL THEIR ENORMOUS POTENTIAL. BUT THEY MIGHT NOW FOLLOWING THE APPOINTMENT OF VERN COTTER AS HEAD COACH.
THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION
ON AND OFF THE FIELD, SPRINGBOKS WING CHESLIN KOLBE CONTINUES TO MAKE AN INSPIRATIONAL IMPACT.
DEFENCE FORCE ONE
THE BLUES WERE A RADICALLY DIFFERENT TEAM IN 2020 AND MUCH OF THAT WAS DUE TO THEIR VASTLY IMPROVED WORK ON DEFENCE.
THE LONG WALK TO ENTRY
AFTER BEING SNUBBED BY THE GAME’S ELITE FOR 25 YEARS, A PACIFIC ISLAND SIDE FINALLY LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE GRANTED A PLACE IN SUPER RUGBY AND THE CONSEQUENCES COULD BE SIGNIFICANT.
THE SEARCH FOR MOBY DICK
REPLACING THE WORLD CLASS JEROME KAINO IN THE ALL BLACKS NO 6 SHIRT HAS BEEN THE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE CHALLENGE. BUT MIGHT THE ANSWER HAVE PRESENTED ITSELF DURING SUPER RUGBY?
IN 10se BATTLE
NEW ZEALAND CURRENTLY HAS THE TWO BEST FIRST-FIVES IN WORLD RUGBY VYING TO WEAR THE ALL BLACKS NO 10 SHIRT. IT’S A BATTLE THAT HAS CAPTURED THE PUBLIC IMAGINATION BUT IT MAY BE ONE THAT NEVER QUITE MATERIALISES.
SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
THERE HAVE BEEN MANY FACTORS OUTSIDE OF NEW ZEALAND'S CONTROL WHICH HAVE HAD A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON THE GAME IN THE LAST DECADE.
THE MAN WHO CAN'T BE BROKEN
I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO KEEP ME DOWN…
THE ALL BLACKS HAVE ENCOUNTERED PLAYERS IN THE LAST DECADE WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WIELD THEIR INFLUENCE IN THE MOST TELLING WAYS. WE LOOK AT THE FIVE MEN WHO HAVE TROUBLED THEM THE MOST SINCE 2010.
KENDRA COCKSEDGE WINS KEL TREMAIN TROPHY
There was, perhaps, a breakthrough moment of sorts when the Black Ferns were named team of the year at the New Zealand Rugby awards in 2017.
Double Jeopardy, General Hospital
GH telegraphed a December to remember with an adrenalized and emotional week that took the already high stakes of the baby switch to a dangerous new level.
Kendra - Stronger Than Ever
After enduring a humiliating cheating scandal and an ugly divorce, Kendra Wilkinson is ready for the next chapter
PRACTICING HINDU AND PROFESSING HINDU
In one of the tours in North East, we were passing through Assam to go to Arunachal.
What is this ours' and yours'?
During my Pravas in Delhi those days, we also used to go to meet various donors and corporate sectors for donation collection for the upcoming of building of Vivekananda Kendra International.
A QUICK GUIDE to keeping your ferns alive
‘Pteridomania’ (Fern Fever) is the term coined in 1855 to describe the fern craze that was sweeping across Victorian England at the time.
Swami Vivekananda Auditorium
Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, set up inside the sprawling Vivekanandapuram campus in the year 1981 has gone a long way in achieving its twin main objectives of imparting Man–making and Nation building education as preached by Swami Vivekananda.
Mum's The Word For Ali
NIA ALI stormed to gold with a time that puts her equal ninth on the world all-time rankings and celebrated with her son joining her on her lap of honour.
Odisha - Witnesses The Spectacle
Every year, lakhs of olive ridley turtles come to two beaches in Odisha to nest. A young student of wildlife witnesses the spectacle