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Decision for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Wednesday’s decision to award the hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup to France has implications for the future hosting of the event. The decision was a surprise after World Rugby’s technical report had stated South Africa had the best bid. France and, to a lesser extent, Ireland, contested that view since the technical report’s…

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Christchurch Old Sox

Pip from the Christchurch Old Sox fast pitch Softball team tells us their story. We are a bunch of clowns that have a heart made for softball, fun, friends and family. We have been playing together for 10 years and while some of our players have passed away, they have left behind more generations to…

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Ronnie and the Auckland Indians

At a Golden Oldies Hockey Festival if there is a group of people laughing there is a better then even chance that Ronnie Nathoo is in the middle of it. Since their first festival in Fiji in 2003, Ronnie’s team has participated in six Golden Oldies Festivals from Fiji to Argentina, Australia to South Africa,…

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Robbie Deans – rugby legend, cricket lover

Robbie Deans is most well known as an All Black, the coach of a very successful Crusaders Super Rugby franchise and the longest serving coach of the Wallabies. But there’s an argument his first sporting love is cricket. Robbie’s late father, Tony Deans, is probably best described as a cricket tragic. He was regularly seen in his favourite spot in the stands of the old…

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Olde Barking Bitches

The chance to play in the first ever all-women’s rugby grade and tick off a bucket list destination were too good to miss for a 21-strong USA women’s rugby team heading for Christchurch next April. Supporting husbands at Golden Oldies Rugby Festivals since 2005, and playing in mixed teams since 2014, means Jill and Sarah…

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Golden Oldies Founder Unsurprised at Size of Movement

With organisers of the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018 predicting 10,000 sports men and women will gather in the Garden City next April, Golden Oldies founder, Tom Johnson, is unsurprised at the way the movement he started nearly 40 years ago has grown in scale and scope. Next year’s event will be the…

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Patron Saint of Goalkeepers

German Golden Oldies hockey goalie Frank Schlageter is proof perseverance pays off. 35 years and many set backs after developing the first ever foam hockey leg guards, he has developed a goalie protection ‘jacket’ for the upper body and pants and is looking to add gloves, shin guards and kickers to his innovative range of…

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Squash golden girl joins Golden Oldies Christchurch Celebration

Five-times World Open Squash Champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Australian based Sarah Fitz-Gerald is flying the flag for the newly introduced Golden Oldies World Squash Festival, one of four new sports on the programme at the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018. Sarah, who joins an impressive line up of Golden Oldies ambassadors…

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Crusadettes

Thirty years on and the passion for rugby hasn’t waned for a group of standard bearers for women’s rugby. The “Crusadettes”, a University of Canterbury team that broke new ground in 1988 when they toured the United States and Europe, are reuniting in 2018 at the Golden Oldies Rugby Festival in Christchurch as part of…

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Hinemoa Hustlers

The “Hustlers” originate from the Hinemoa-Kaiapoi Hockey Club – the oldest hockey club in New Zealand, founded in 1896. A very small hockey club based just north of Christchurch. “We have a great history of playing competitive hockey while maintaining a very social aspect.” With the amazing Golden Oldies tournament in our back yard next…

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