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Tom Vinicombe

Tom Vinicombe is Southern Hemisphere features editor for RugbyPass. Tom has travelled the world covering rugby and lived in Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Opinion

There's something off about a Moana Pasifika MVP playing for the All Blacks XV

Levi Aumua's inclusion in the All Blacks XV has answered one question that's been festering since Moana Pasifika were announced as…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
13 Oct 2022, 8:38
Opinion

All Blacks' clash with Japan could end more careers than it ignites

Finally, after what's felt like an eternity, New Zealand fans will get the chance to see what the likes of Folau Fakatava, Stephen…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
13 Oct 2022, 14:24
Opinion

How the All Blacks XV could backfire on NZ Rugby

Will the All Blacks XV act as another carrot to prevent New Zealand’s next generation of talent from taking their services offsh…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
12 Oct 2022, 5:39

Harbour heartbroken as last-minute penalty grabs Auckland semi-final berth

Auckland have stormed back from a 15-6 deficit to claim a well-deserved victory over North Harbour in the first knockout match of …

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
07 Oct 2022, 6:30

Former All Black Steven Luatua to suit up for Samoa in November

Two former All Blacks will join Samoa's ranks for their upcoming trip to Europe.

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
05 Oct 2022, 6:00

All Blacks bolster Auckland for quarter-final showdown with Harbour

Auckland have fought their way to an NPC quarter-final against North Harbour but have paid a heavy price and will be without a sle…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
05 Oct 2022, 10:35

Young Wellington star Riley Higgins inks deal with Hurricanes

20-year-old Wellington second five-eighth Riley Higgins has put pen to paper for the Hurricanes, signing a two-year deal with the …

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
04 Oct 2022, 12:14

Time ticks for Anton Lienert-Brown as All Black misses final round of NPC

Despite aiming for a return to action in the final round of the NPC regular season, Anton Lienert-Brown has been omitted from the …

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
01 Oct 2022, 10:49

Stephen Perofeta impresses at No 10 as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck shifts roles

Two All Blacks have accrued some much-needed play-time in Saturday night's NPC clash between Auckland and Taranaki.

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
01 Oct 2022, 8:41

Chiefs playmaker Kaleb Trask heading to Japan

Chiefs playmaker Kaleb Trask will head to Japan following the NPC to link up with Mie Heat for the 2022-23 Rugby League One season…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
01 Oct 2022, 7:27
Opinion

Will the All Blacks XV favour development or depth?

Will the All Blacks XV be used as a vehicle for ensuring the next best options in New Zealand are ready for action should they be …

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
30 Sep 2022, 9:57
FEATURE
Opinion

Why Jordie Barrett's midfield move might still be temporary

Jordie Barrett's exceptional performance might not be enough to sway Ian Foster.

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
29 Sep 2022, 10:50

'Phenomenal' Jordie Barrett shines in first midfield opportunity for All Blacks

The All Blacks have thumped the Wallabies in Auckland to keep their chances of Rugby Championship glory alive but there was a bigg…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
24 Sep 2022, 11:09

Dave Rennie provides update on Wallabies' massive injury list

The Wallabies have already had to contend with a massive absentee list this year and it seems that things aren't about to get any …

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
24 Sep 2022, 12:38

All Blacks take big step forward but Ian Foster notes major challenge ahead

The 26-point margin at Eden Park on Saturday night may not have been the All Blacks' biggest win of the season, but it was perhaps…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
24 Sep 2022, 11:45

All Blacks and Wallabies coaches disagree on Sam Whitelock's 'peculiar' try

The margin in the second Bledisloe Cup match of 2022 meant there was little chance of too much refereeing debate after the game, a…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
24 Sep 2022, 8:08
Opinion

All Blacks player ratings vs Wallabies | Rugby Championship

The All Blacks have smashed the Wallabies by 26 points at Eden Park in one of their best performances of the season. How did the i…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
24 Sep 2022, 5:21

'I'm obviously here for a reason': Codie Taylor reflects on second chance

The selection of Codie Taylor at hooker for New Zealand's rematch with Australia this weekend may have raised a few eyebrows.

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
23 Sep 2022, 10:00

Last chance saloon for All Blacks to remind home fans of their prowess

It's not been a great season for New Zealand fans - especially those who have ventured out to watch the All Blacks play around the…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
22 Sep 2022, 12:10

Two All Blacks 'misfits' may have found their home in the midfield

It's been somewhat of a long time coming, but Jordie Barrett will finally start a Test in the All Blacks midfield when he runs out…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
22 Sep 2022, 9:20
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