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Head of NZR Players Association Rob Nichol on Moana Pasifika (31/08/21)

Afternoons with Staffy

Staffy chats to Head of NZR Players Association Rob Nichol on Moana Pasifika.

14mins

31 Aug 2021

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NZ Rugby Players Association Boss Rob Nichol (23/8/21)

Mornings with Ian Smith

NZ rugby players association boss Rob Nichol joins us to chat about the Rugby Championship.

14mins

22 Aug 2021

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Rob Nichol: Rugby Players' Association pleased NZ Rugby wants to meet with Forsyth Barr

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

The New Zealand Rugby Players' Association claims turning down Silver Lake's investment will not prevent them from involvement in the game.The governing body's set to meet with the NZRPA and Forsyth Barr to discuss their alternative proposal to publicly float a stake in the commercial operations.NZR believes Silver Lake's investment offers greater expertise in sports management and technology capability.Players' association boss Rob Nichol welcomes the re-opening of dialogue over the deal."That's the way you receive these invitations. We will reciprocate in good faith, give it some consideration and get back to them later in the day or tomorrow."He told Mike Hosking Silver Lake's management could still be used - without being a perpetual burden."You can tap into that capability wherever you choose to. You can still utilise IMG, owned effectively by Silver Lake, just like the Indian Cricket Board do, but they haven't given away 12.5 percent of their net revenue forever."LISTEN ABOVE

5mins

17 May 2021

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Rob Nichol: We think a private capital placement in NZ is a viable alternate

Weekend Sport

Martin Devlin chats to Rugby Players Association boss Rob Nichol, discussing the merits of the proposed private investment in NZ Rugby from the Silver Lake group.

13mins

1 May 2021

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Rob Nichol and Brent Impey: Players' Association boss claims New Zealand Rugby breached legal obligation

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

New Zealand Rugby Players' Association boss Rob Nichol has taken aim at NZ Rugby's "blunt and ill-conceived" plans for the future and the power play approach that threatens to alienate its closest partners.In an explosive interview, Nichol says NZ Rugby breached legal obligations to consult the Players' Association before announcing plans for the 2021 Super Rugby season. He is refusing to give up hope of getting a Pasifika team off the ground next year, and says NZ Rugby's kingmaker approach to Super Rugby risks isolating this country from the rugby world.On Thursday, NZ Rugby announced Super Rugby Aotearoa would return in 2021, with the addition of a final, and the hope of then staging cross-over matches with the five Australian teams.NZ Rugby's board rejected several proposals for a Pacific side in 2021, including one from Moana Pasifika which had the Players' Association's support, with chairman Brent Impey saying the team would not be ready in time and the commercial arrangements did not stack up.From 2022, NZ Rugby plans to add a minimum of three teams to Super Rugby Aotearoa. Negotiations are ongoing with Moana Pasifika, Kanaloa Hawaii, the Western Force, Fiji Drua and the South China Lions, whose pitch is to be based out of Bay of Plenty.Nichol, however, says future formats are far from set in stone."From our perspective we were affronted yesterday. New Zealand Rugby has a contractual obligation to us to agree any competitions and all related financial arrangements. We haven't agreed what's come out in the last 24 hours so we're sitting there going 'where's that respect gone'," Nichol said. "As far as we are concerned that conversation is still live."There's a big difference between a blunt and rather ill-conceived statement that came out of the New Zealand board yesterday – there's another option where you work with people and they accept it because they are a part of it and they respect you for making that effort."Rather than the Pasifika community feeling let down, frustrated, disappointed and relationships strained to say the very least you actually end up with them standing alongside you."NZ Rugby Players' Association boss Rob Nichol has given NZR a major serve over the way they've handled the Super Rugby process. Photos / PhotosportWhile a sixth New Zealand-based team faced opposition from the five existing franchises due to concerns around cannibalising talent, support and commercial resources, it would allow each side to stage more home matches and alleviate some of the heavy attrition rates felt during the inaugural season."What we're still pushing for over the next three weeks is rather than people working in isolation we're able to create an opportunity where NZ Rugby, the Players' Association, Pasifika community and other key stakeholders like the clubs, Sky TV get in a room and exhaust all opportunities to see where this fits."That opportunity hasn't presented itself because with NZ Rugby running its bid process it creates all sorts of issues – and as it turned out it was a bit process with nothing at the end of it; no certainty, no nothing. It's left a real hollow feeling. They've announced some intentions but they've got nowhere with it. It doesn't allow for cooperation."The players told us this year how tough it was playing Aotearoa and to maintain performance when you're playing the best teams for more than three games in a row is a really big ask. When you bring a sixth team in you can immediately place the byes where you want; you can immediately afford to rotate."NZ Rugby's expressions of interest approach to reshaping Super Rugby has drawn widespread criticism, particularly from Rugby Australia who were essentially told to cut at least two teams and therefore did not apply.Nichol says there needs to be perspective about how much Australia can bring to the table, and a changing of attitudes in the way in which NZ Rugby conducts its business."What we don't want is someone tryin...

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2 Oct 2020

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Rob Nichol: Reported leaked minutes show NZR agreed to Rugby Championship schedule

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

New Zealand Rugby has a fresh fight on its hands, with claims that leaked documents show they agreed to a schedule that would involve the All Blacks being quarantined on Christmas Day.NZR chief executive Mark Robinson denies that he signed off on an agreement which included a six-week Rugby Championship that would end on December 12, before a two-week quarantine period for the players as mandated by the New Zealand Government.Both Newshub and the Sydney Morning Herald are reporting that leaked minutes of a meeting between the SANZAAR chief executives shows that New Zealand were not "blindsided" by the announcement of the six-week tournament.Newshub said the minutes clearly show a six-week draw was accepted by everyone, and that all parties were comfortable with the September 24 announcement of the draw.The Sydney Morning Herald stated: "Leaked minutes from a meeting of SANZAAR CEOs have revealed New Zealand Rugby agreed to play a six-week Rugby Championship which would finish on December 12, despite their insistence otherwise."The SMH says it sourced the minutes from New Zealand. They "clearly show" the six-week format was agreed upon by all four nations.However, speaking on the Mike Hosking Breakfast this morning, New Zealand Rugby Players Association boss Rob Nichol said the date of the reported minutes didn't lineup."All the information we have is no they didn't [agree to it]," Nicol said. "The minutes story was an interesting one because our information show there wasn't even a meeting on that date and no ones seen any minutes."There's some real irony in this because what we've learnt is exactly the same time that Sanzaar management put out a press release effectively changing the draw to show our last game on the 12th of December, the broadcasters themselves had circulated a draw that showed the last game on the 5th of December and all approved it," he said. "So we've just got a whole lot of questions because it's our players and team management who are going to be asked to go through this and until we get some transparency then we're not going to be committing to anything."Meanwhile, Robinson and has also rejected the claim from Australian rugby chairman Hamish McLennan that transtasman relationships are at their 'lowest ebb".He claimed the comment was a "strategy" New Zealand would not be drawn into, and said both McLennan and Aussie chief executive Rob Clarke had, within the past fortnight, and extended an invitation for the NZR top brass to come over to Australia."I think it's a bit of bluster, to be honest…we don't operate like that," Robinson said."There has been no agreement to play in the tournament on December 12 at any time and at any meeting."The SMH wrote: "Robinson may have been consistent but the minutes show the SANZAAR and RA side of the story to be the more accurate account of events."All Blacks captain Sam Cane has claimed the players were "blindsided" by the prospect of being in quarantine on December 25.All Blacks coach Ian Foster told Cane "we didn't see this coming"."Yeah, it doesn't excite us overly much," Cane said of quarantining at Christmas."It's not our fight to fight. What is ours is preparing for these two test matches against Australia. To have that certainty after so much uncertainty leading up to now is pretty awesome. For players that gives us a clear focus of what's coming next after a few months of wondering what's coming next."

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30 Sep 2020

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Rob Nichol: A lot to be done for Rugby Championship to go ahead

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

New Zealand Rugby Players' Association boss Rob Nichol isn't losing sleep over a potential player revolt, citing a lot of work still needs to be done for the Rugby Championship to go ahead.A schedule has been released that New Zealand Rugby insist they did not authorise, which sees the All Blacks play their final match on December 12.Based on current quarantining rules, players would need to isolate away from families on Christmas Day.Nichol told Heather du Plessis-Allan they're not at the stage where players are choosing home over tests yet."First thing is, we're going back to ask the question because New Zealand hasn't agreed to the draw as New Zealand Rugby have said. "There's a lot of water to go under the bridge for the Rugby Championship to go ahead. From our perspective, we're still waiting for the protocol of what the whole tournament looks like." He says that they are still working through ways to make sport in the age of Covid work for everyone. "This Covid thing is not going away. We want to get sport going across trans-Tasman, whether it's male, female sport, rugby, league, netball, what have you, what could we do that makes the whole process more effective anyway?"

5mins

24 Sep 2020

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Rob Nichol: Future of Rugby Championship to be determined tonight

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

New Zealand Rugby is in a head-to-head battle to host the Rugby Championship.Sanzaar are due to meet to discuss the competition with New Zealand and Australia both keen to host the four-team tournament in November and December.New Zealand Rugby Players Association boss Rob Nichol told Mike Hosking the decision could rest on two factors."Who offers the best quarantine process for the teams, and who offers the best dollars."We've gone from being in a situation where basically we're putting our hand up to say we can host this tournament, to effectively a bid process."Nichol says the first step is for South Africa and Argentina to confirm their participation, and that South Africa have further challenges to overcome first."They haven't actually started their competition yet, so the question they've got is it medically safe to come across and perform six test matches in a row, and if we do, are we going to be performing at a level that's credible, so we've got that box to tick."Nichol says Australia's more flexible quarantine rules may place them at an advantage to host.

4mins

9 Sep 2020

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Rob Nichol on impact of latest Covid restrictions for NZ Rugby

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

The upcoming North v South match remains in doubt despite already having been delayed a week.The match, which was postponed to September 5, has been met with fresh doubts as the country looks set to remain in Covid-19 alert Level 2 until September 6 following the Government's announcement that Auckland will stay in lockdown for four more days until 11:59pm on Sunday, August 30.From Monday, August 31, the whole country including Auckland will be at level 2 but it will be phased in for Auckland.Mass gatherings will be restricted to 10 people at level 2, and a 50-person limit would be in place for funerals and tangi.Those settings will be in place for a week and Cabinet will review them on Sunday, September 6.Auckland's restrictions effectively rules out the match being held at Eden Park, which leaves Wellington as the likely venue, although it would have to be without fans with normal Level 2 restrictions still in place for the rest of the country.Playing the game in Dunedin is also an option under the roof of Forsyth Barr Stadium.New Zealand Rugby will provide an official update on the status of the fixture on Wednesday.The game was initially thrown into jeopardy as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak in Auckland a fortnight ago, and the resulting sudden switch to alert level 3 in Auckland, and level 2 in the rest of the country.Last week, New Zealand Rugby confirmed the match original scheduled to be played in Auckland on August 29, was postponed by a week after the news that the 14 Auckland-based players in the North squad, as well as five support staff, had not been granted an exemption to leave Auckland.If Auckland comes out of level 3 on Monday as expected, those players will be able to join the rest of the squads in Wellington on Monday to prepare for the match in the capital.The North and South squads (and the player's first province played for) are as follows:NORTH SQUADHookers:Asafo Aumua (Wellington), Ash Dixon (Hawke's Bay) and Kurt Eklund (Auckland).Props: Alex Fidow (Wellington), Ayden Johnstone (Waikato), Angus Ta'avao (Auckland), Karl Tu'inukuafe (North Harbour) and Ofa Tuungafasi (Auckland).Locks: Scott Scrafton (Auckland), Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland and captain) and Tupou Vaa'i (Taranaki).Loose forwards: Lachlan Boshier (Taranaki), Akira Ioane (Auckland), Dalton Papalii (Auckland), Ardie Savea (Wellington) and Hoskins Sotutu (Auckland).Halfbacks: TJ Perenara (Wellington), Aaron Smith (Manawatu) and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Taranaki).First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett (Taranaki).Midfielders: Rieko Ioane (Auckland), Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato) and Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wellington).Outside backs: Caleb Clarke (Auckland), Mitchell Hunt (Auckland), Damian McKenzie (Waikato), Sevu Reece (Waikato) and Mark Telea (North Harbour).SOUTH SQUADHookers:Liam Coltman (Otago), Andrew Makalio (Tasman) and Codie Taylor (Canterbury).Props: George Bower (Otago), Alex Hodgman (Canterbury), Nepo Laulala (Canterbury), Tyrel Lomax (Tasman) and Joe Moody (Canterbury).Locks: Mitchell Dunshea (Canterbury), Manaaki Selby-Rickit (Southland) and Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury and captain).Loose forwards: Tom Christie (Canterbury), Shannon Frizell (Tasman), Dillon Hunt (Otago), Reed Prinsep (Canterbury) and Tom Sanders (Canterbury).Halfbacks: Finlay Christie (Tasman), Mitchell Drummond (Canterbury) and Brad Weber (Otago).First five-eighths: Josh Ioane (Otago) and Richie Mo'unga (Canterbury).Midfielders: Braydon Ennor (Canterbury), Leicester Faingaanuku (Tasman), Jack Goodhue (Canterbury) and Sio Tomkinson (Otago)Outside backs: Jordie Barrett (Canterbury), George Bridge (Canterbury) and Will Jordan (Tasman).A number of players were unavailable for selection due to injury, including 2019 All Blacks Dane Coles, Scott Barrett, Sam Cane and Ngani Laumape.

4mins

25 Aug 2020

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Rob Nichol

Kiwi Yarns

Rob Nichol is the man behind the rugby players in New Zealand. He was a massive part of successfully bringing women's rugby into line with the men's conditions. But not just rugby, Rob has been an integral part of helping all types of professional sports people know their worth. Add to that, he was once a police officer, is a qualified accountant, and does ridiculously crazy adventure racing - the past two years he's hauled himself across the South Island in the Coast to Coast with a rugby player you might have heard of - Richie McCaw. A really fascinating listen!

2 Aug 2020

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