Maka's missing minutes
March 18, 2000
The Chiefs' management made a serious blunder this afternoon which cost Isitolo Maka 60 minutes against the Hurricanes.
The big no 8 could have made a difference to the outcome of the Chiefs' eventual five point defeat to the Hurricanes, but was mistakenly subbed after scrum half Rhys Duggan was sin-binned in the 20th minute.
Instead of converting one of the onfield players into a half back for ten minutes , the Chiefs decided to bring replacement scrum half Danny Lee on, at Maka's expense.
Once Maka had left the field , he could not return, but the Chiefs only realised this after the switch had been made.As soon as they were allowed 15 players again , Hare Makiri was sent on to the field, not Maka.
John Taylor argues the world's best XVs players must be given a chance to play in the Olympics to increase the appeal of the game
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament
A selection of the best pictures from England's historic World Cup triumph in Paris as they beat Canada 21-9