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Hamish Bidwell

Hamish has been an opinion and sports writer for over 20 years in New Zealand, featuring on RNZ, New Zealand Herald, Stuff.co.nz, and RugbyPass.

207 Articles
Opinion

Rob Penney wasn't given much without Whitelock and Mo'unga

I won’t go as far as saying the Crusaders set Penney up to fail in the short term, but I’m not sure he inherited the calibre o…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
28 Mar 2024, 0:14
Opinion

The Crusaders start to the season shows their loss is the All Blacks gain

So, as I watched the Crusaders slump to a third-straight defeat, to start the Super Rugby Pacific season, I couldn’t help but th…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
13 Mar 2024, 17:29
Opinion

Do the Hurricanes Poua want our support or not

The Hurricanes Poua haka, which Lee says will not be performed again, is divisive and insulting. It speaks of a level of privilege…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
05 Mar 2024, 20:26
Opinion

The predictability problem with Super Rugby Pacific

I don’t want to see the Chiefs or Crusaders weakened but, for Super Rugby Pacific to endure, things have to be done to strengthe…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
28 Feb 2024, 14:44
Opinion

Don't be fearful of life without Whitelock, Retallick or Smith

I do have reservations about the depth of some of our Super Rugby Pacific squads, but not in our ability to still find enough capa…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
20 Feb 2024, 21:54
Opinion

Bledisloe Cup rugby is just better during the day time

Australia has hosted three day time Bledisloe Cup clashes in the professional era: in 1995, 1996 and 2021.

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
14 Feb 2024, 14:32
Opinion

Please stop throwing good money at the Rebels

Australia has too many Super Rugby franchises, from a high-performance perspective. I doubt many people would lament the passing o…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
30 Jan 2024, 17:34
Opinion

Surely a man of Joe Schmidt’s track record could find something better

Surely a man of Joe Schmidt’s track record, contacts and acumen could find a cushier role than Wallabies coach.

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
23 Jan 2024, 20:11
Opinion

Recipe for Champions Cup tastes better than Super Rugby right now

Featuring the best of French, South African and British rugby, the Champions Cup is of a high standard, played in front sizable cr…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
16 Jan 2024, 21:52
Opinion

All Blacks head coach Scott Robertson will have frightened his employers already

It’s interesting, on a couple of fronts, to see new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson hold the door ajar to picking players from …

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
09 Jan 2024, 23:08
Opinion

Let’s not pretend you have to play in New Zealand to be an All Black

Cane cited South Africa, who successfully cobbles players together from Europe and Japan and churns out Rugby World Cup-winning te…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
03 Dec 2023, 20:34
Opinion

Let's hope that Richie Mo’unga wasn't serious about the All Blacks

Without Richie Mo’unga, the cupboard of competent first five-eighths' back here in New Zealand is pretty bare.

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
28 Nov 2023, 15:33

Why new Rugby Australia chair Daniel Herbert needs to be quiet

Don’t air the organisation’s business in public. Don’t hire a national coach capable of going rogue. Don’t go seeking publ…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
21 Nov 2023, 19:45
Opinion

The lessons the All Blacks could learn from the Black Caps

There are two reasons - which the All Blacks could learn from - which mean the New Zealand men’s cricket team invariably get a p…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
15 Nov 2023, 17:44
Opinion

The All Blacks need to rekindle their emotional connection with fans

If there was a journey that Ian Foster was taking the team on during his tenure, it didn’t feel as if he took that many of us wi…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
06 Nov 2023, 21:03
Opinion

Let’s not pretend this is a great All Blacks side who were robbed

Let’s not rewrite history here. Let’s not pretend this is a great side who were robbed of victory, having been expertly prepar…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
30 Oct 2023, 21:08
Opinion

The All Blacks have been pretty ordinary but now will win the World Cup

And yet, in a few days’ time, the All Blacks are likely to be crowned Rugby World Cup champions.

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
24 Oct 2023, 22:40
Opinion

The All Blacks did their job as Ireland suffered from their own ineptitude

They had ample opportunities to beat the All Blacks on Sunday and weren’t good enough to take them. At times, that was due to th…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
16 Oct 2023, 23:51
Opinion

Ethan de Groot destroyed France’s tighthead prop Uini Atonio

I thought there were times in that France game when the pressure exerted by de Groot was intolerable for Antonio. At those moments…

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
22 Sep 2023, 7:15
Opinion

New Zealand is accepting of the defeat from schoolboy-like All Blacks

I think under coach Ian Foster’s tenure we’ve become accustomed to defeat. We don’t necessarily accept it, but we expect it.

Hamish Bidwell
Hamish Bidwell
13 Sep 2023, 11:37
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