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Gregor Paul

Gregor is New Zealand's best-read rugby commentator and analyst having been the voice of the Herald's rugby coverage since 2004. He's also written seven books about rugby and edited NZ Rugby World since 2007.

179 Articles
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Analysis

Speeded-up Super Rugby Pacific provides blueprint for wider game

New data shows that innovations introduced in 2022 are producing less 'dead time' and a faster product.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
08 May 2024, 16:36
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Opinion

Hiring Rob Penney may be the Crusaders' first major mistake in 30 years

The coach's resume had red flags, yet the franchise seemed set on appointing a man with Cantabrian connections at any price.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
29 Apr 2024, 11:15
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Opinion

Who will be Robertson's choice as All Blacks captain?

New Zealand's new coach may have to take a leap of faith given there is 'no perfect choice' available to him.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
22 Apr 2024, 12:52
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Opinion

All Blacks sabbaticals ‘damage Super Rugby Pacific when it is fighting for survival’

Allowing stars to play elsewhere robs the competition of its biggest names and makes a mockery of NZR’s eligibility policy.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
19 Apr 2024, 4:48
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Opinion

Raw talent McKenzie primed to become next All Blacks No.10

Damian McKenzie is in pole position to become the All Blacks' new playmaker if he can polish up his game-management and decision-m…

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
11 Apr 2024, 11:47
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Opinion

New Zealand embraces on-field reforms amid angst over balance sheet

Proposals designed to speed up the game will benefit the All Blacks but a bleak financial position is causing concern.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
08 Apr 2024, 17:52
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Opinion

Why the All Blacks are serious about giving Sam Whitelock one last hurrah

Scott Robertson has put out feelers to one of his most trusted Lieutenants in order to hit the ground running as New Zealand coach

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
27 Mar 2024, 11:22
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Opinion

Why NZ rugby is primed for renewed battle with league

With rugby league growing in popularity and power, union bosses are fighting another war with a rival code.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
20 Mar 2024, 10:40
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Opinion

Crusaders won't be contenders without a top-class fly-half

The loss of Richie Mo'unga has dealt the serial Super Rugby champions a grievous blow.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
14 Mar 2024, 7:43
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Opinion

Elder statesman Barrett poised to retain key role in Robertson's All Blacks

The World Cup final appeared to be Beauden Barrett's last act with New Zealand, but he is set to remain an integral figure.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
29 Feb 2024, 9:31
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Opinion

Is New Zealand in danger of giving trade secrets to main rivals?

The continual loss of Kiwi coaching expertise to competitors could come back to bite the All Blacks

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
27 Feb 2024, 3:05
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Opinion

How Joe Schmidt can make the Wallabies competitive again

The driven New Zealander with a passion for detail can rebuild Australia after the trauma of Eddie Jones' tenure.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
19 Feb 2024, 6:17
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Analysis

Who can replace the iconic All Blacks duo Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick?

Josh Lord could be the answer as New Zealand seek to replace lock legends Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
14 Feb 2024, 11:28
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Opinion

Grave questions loom for southern hemisphere nations in 2024

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have significant issues to combat this year.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
15 Jan 2024, 2:54
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Opinion

Robertson plays a smart hand on All Blacks eligibility issue

The new coach wants his employers to keep an open mind on a policy which may need revising if New Zealand are to remain successful…

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
14 Jan 2024, 5:11
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Opinion

The All Blacks feel the need for speed

Bloodied and bruised from the narrowest of World Cup losses, the All Blacks are hoping to speed up the Test game, but will others …

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
18 Dec 2023, 16:10
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Opinion

Will arduous All Blacks schedule hamper Razor’s rebuild?

Expectations of a bold new era under Scott Robertson may be challenged by a run of 15 tests in 21 weeks in 2024

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
04 Dec 2023, 16:15
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Opinion

How are the All Blacks going to replace Aaron Smith?

The legendary scrum-half revolutionised the way New Zealand try to play, but they may have a ready-made replacement in their ranks

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
21 Nov 2023, 15:46
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Opinion

The time has come for NZR to make a call on All Blacks eligibility

New Zealand faces a tough decision about what to do about its current All Blacks eligibility rules.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
10 Nov 2023, 12:26
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Opinion

Have the All Blacks reconfirmed their status as rugby's most prized asset?

Bouncing back after a prolonged period of turbulence may heighten the mystique surrounding the All Blacks.

Gregor Paul
Gregor Paul
06 Nov 2023, 10:49
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