Hamish Bidwell: Black Ferns sevens now rival All Blacks as NZ’s leading rugby side

Go many places and people will know the name, the kit, the pedigree. When great sporting dynasties and brands are discussed, the All Blacks are rightly in the conversation. They’ve won, and won well, for so long and in so many different circumstances that they’ll forever be a byword for excellence. The irony being, though, that they now face increasing competition to call themselves New Zealand’s finest rugby side. READ MORE: * Brazier the hero for Black Ferns * Black Ferns vie for sevens award * Black Ferns call up rookie Risi Pouri-Lane for Dubai Sevens On the back of their triumph at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, the Black Ferns’ 15 a-side squad were deserved winners of team of the year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards. The 2018 edition is held in Auckland next week, where the Black Ferns’ Sevens side must be certainties to take the team of the year crown. In both seasons the All Blacks were very good. This year they lost just two games, while in 2017 it was two defeats and a draw. Given the calibre of their opposition, the All Blacks can feel pretty satisfied with what they did. They still battle to win tight games, in which...

Squirrels cram more than 200 walnuts under SUV’s hood

PITTSBURGH (CBS 58) — If you park your car outside, you might want to look under the hood every once in a while. You could end up with a little surprise from the critters in your yard. The squirrels around Holly and Chris Persic’s home seem to be stocking up for the winter by taking walnuts from their yard in Pittsburgh and shoving them under the hood of their car. Holly was driving her car Monday when she thought it smelled like it was burning and was making a strange sound. When she popped the hood, she found more than 200 walnuts and lots of grass. “They were everywhere, under the battery, near the radiator fan,” Chris said. “The walnuts on the engine block were black and smelt like they were definitely roasting.” Holly had her car inspected last month but hadn’t looked under the hood since then, her husband Chris told CNN on Tuesday. The walnuts started falling only a few weeks ago. They had noticed there weren’t very many walnuts around the yard, given how big the tree is, but they said they didn’t think they would find them under the hood of their car. There were so many walnuts and so much grass under the hood of the ...