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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.

'That's the way we want it': Ioane and Papali'i fighting for their futures

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has made five personnel changes to the side that narrowly bested the Wallabies in Melbourne last …

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
22 Sep 2022, 8:42

Mitch Brown the latest Chiefs player to depart ahead of 2023 season

Chiefs loose forward Mitch Brown will head to Japan at the end of the provincial season, with the 29-year-old signing a two-year d…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
20 Sep 2022, 7:19

'That wasn't his finest hour': Why Foster has plumped for Taylor over Taukei'aho

The most curious selection for the All Black's rematch with the Wallabies is undoubtedly Codie Taylor, who has been named in the N…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
22 Sep 2022, 5:29
Opinion

It's time for the All Blacks to lay down a marker at Eden Park

Whatever unfolds over the next two months, 2022 is not going to go down as one of the better seasons in the All Blacks' 120-year h…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
21 Sep 2022, 12:05

Jason Ryan provides update on All Blacks loose forward stocks

The All Blacks will have at least one of their unavailable loose forwards from their first Bledisloe Cup match of the season back …

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
20 Sep 2022, 10:22

The leading candidates to wear the All Blacks No 12 jersey at Eden Park

With David Havili and Quinn Tupaea both forced off the field through injury during the All Blacks' last-minute win over the Wallab…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
17 Sep 2022, 9:58
Opinion

A tweak to the global calendar could pave the way for the perfect Super Rugby season

A more marketable Super Rugby season would strengthen rugby's standing in Australia while also future-proofing the game in New Zea…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
17 Sep 2022, 10:00

Wellington end 14-year Ranfurly Shield drought with win over Hawke's Bay

It's been a long time between drinks for Wellington, but the Lions have finally ended their Ranfurly Shield drought with a 19-12 w…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
17 Sep 2022, 5:03
Opinion

Was the All Blacks' narrow victory in Melbourne a step forwards?

The All Blacks showed plenty of composure in the final moments of their Bledisloe Cup clash with the Wallabies to snatch victory f…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
16 Sep 2022, 11:12

'It was very clear cut': Ian Foster backs controversial call in Bledisloe clash

The two opposing coaches from Thursday night's Bledisloe Cup encounter in Melbourne unsurprisingly shared different views of refer…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
15 Sep 2022, 10:25

Watch: Rieko Ioane's rocks and diamonds plays that show he's not the finished product

Rieko Ioane's best position in the backline has long been debated. Against the Wallabies in Melbourne, he showed off both his stre…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
15 Sep 2022, 10:07
Opinion

All Blacks player ratings vs Wallabies | Rugby Championship

It was a true 80-minute encounter in Melbourne on Thursday evening with the All Blacks claiming a last-minute 39-37 win over the W…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
15 Sep 2022, 8:32

Scott Barrett's chance to secure his spot in the All Blacks' starting XV

While it was seen by some as a stop-gap measure in the semi-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, it's clear that Scott Barrett is no…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
14 Sep 2022, 9:19

'I still remember pretty clearly when we lost'

The All Blacks will use the opportunity to once more win the Bledisloe Cup as a motivator for Thursday night's clash with the Wall…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
13 Sep 2022, 12:06

'They may even gain a little bit': NZ's take on changes to injury-hit Wallabies

While the All Blacks may have made three key changes to their forwards for the first Bledisloe Cup match of the season, the Wallab…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
13 Sep 2022, 11:18

'It's big shoes to fill': Hoskins Sotutu reflects on replacing All Blacks' best

After months of playing the waiting game, Hoskins Sotutu will finally get the chance to once again don black when New Zealand take…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
13 Sep 2022, 10:13

'Part of being a rugby player': All Blacks expecting more breakdown interpretations

While referees have always had a greater impact on a game of rugby compared to other sports, the ever-changing breakdown interpret…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
10 Sep 2022, 6:35

Would the Wallabies deserve ninth spot on the rankings following Bledisloe defeat?

The World Rugby rankings might be a questionable method of assessing teams' standings on the international circuit but it's fair t…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
09 Sep 2022, 8:27

Bledisloe Cup a stepping stone to a bigger prize says Ian Foster

While the All Blacks have had a firm hold on the Bledisloe Cup for well over two decades now, there's much more at stake when they…

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
09 Sep 2022, 10:42

Pablo Matera lands in Japan's second division

Pablo Matera has traded Super Rugby Pacific for the second division of Japan's Rugby League One competition next season.

Tom Vinicombe
Tom Vinicombe
09 Sep 2022, 9:05
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