About Emma Oakden

Emma is a Highlanders-turned-Crusaders supporter (much to her fathers dismay), living in Hurricanes territory with her fiancée and their four children. When she's not perving at rugby players, Emma is studying toward her Bachelor of Communication, eyeing up a career in Journalism, with aspirations of becoming a published author. Follow Emma on twitter.

The best team won

Waratahs celebrate winning 2014 Super Rugby title

I had hoped that when it came time to do my Super Rugby final write-up, I would be able to boast about my mighty Crusaders lifting the trophy.   Alas, it was not meant to be… and I had a feeling that would be the case. Throughout the entire season there was one team that performed […]

All Blacks v England series wrap up

Smith Smith McCaw

The All Blacks have recently wound up their series against England, coming away with a 3-0 winning streak.  As one would predict, as one would hope.  But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, far from it actually… Test 1 and test 2 were both down to the wire and in reality, the All Blacks were lucky […]

Super Rugby Top 5

Nick Honey Badger Cummins

Since the very first round of the 2014 Super Rugby season, my intention has been to do a weekly ‘Super Rugby Top 5′ column.  If you are a regular visitor to Pink Rugby, you will notice that we’re six rounds in and there isn’t even the slightest hint of ‘Top 5′-ness.  I am here to […]

Maori All Blacks

Maori ABs haka

At the same time the All Blacks were breaking records on the end of year tour, another All Blacks team were touring the US and Canada.  The Maori All Blacks. Unlike the ‘real’ All Blacks though, no one seemed to give a damn about the Maori All Blacks tour and I was disappointed to see […]

Greatest All Blacks team in history!

All Blacks sheds post Ireland

After the All Blacks’ win against the Springboks in Johannesburg it became apparent the 2013 All Blacks team was something special.  Now almost two months later and after securing their 14th win from 14 games – completing the season undefeated – it is obvious that the 2013 All Blacks are the best All Blacks team.  […]

ITM Cup Finals review

Tasman celebrate

Well… that’s that!  The ITM Cup has officially come to a close for another year!  In 2013 ALL ITM Cup & Heartland Championship trophies went to Crusader feeder teams – Canterbury won the premiership title, Tasman the championship title, while Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury took out the two trophies in the Heartland Championship.  Of […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Semi and Final

Canterbury v Auckland

The ITM Cup semi finals were all high scoring games and some excellent rugby was on show.  The results were all as predicted and have set the scene for two very exciting games this weekend. And what exactly were those results? Semi final review   Wellington 41 v Counties Manukau 10 Tries Wellington 6 – […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 9

Counties Manukau v Southland

Round nine was the final round robin round of the ITM Cup and it has to be said that some of the best rugby was saved for last.  There were two big upsets, one of which decided who has home team advantage in the semi finals this weekend, and there were also a couple of […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 8

Canterbury v Counties Manukau

Week eight of the ITM Cup did not disappoint and as with most weeks there were some big scorelines and surprising upsets.  Premiership semi finalists were decided (Wellington, Canterbury, Auckland and Counties Manukau) but one championship semi final spot is still up for grabs and the  team to join Tasman,  Hawke’s Bay and Otago in […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 7

Milford Keresoma Canty v Manawatu

Round seven was again characterised by some big scorelines and was punctuated by spectacular individual performances, along with a big upset or two.  One of which I do not want to talk about.  But for the sake of keeping things fair, I will. So what went down? Round seven review   Canterbury 72 v Manawatu […]