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Usain Bolt talks about his rugby ambitions on the Front Row Daily Show on NZR+

Usain Bolt talks about his rugby ambitions on the Front Row Daily Show on NZR+

All BlacksSeptember 23, 2023

Need your daily rugby fix from France? We’ve got you covered with the Front Row Daily Show on NZR+!

Join All Blacks Andy Ellis and George Bower in their all black bus as they take fans on a joyride through France with a host of special guests and friends joining in on the fun.

Check out the latest clip below and be sure to sign up to NZR+ to watch the full episode and more great content for FREE!


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Front Row Daily Show Cast

Andy Ellis – All Black #1068

Ellis is a Rugby World Cup winner with the All Blacks in 2011, and multiple Super Rugby winner with the Crusaders. As well as 28 Tests for the All Blacks, he has also played in Japan for Kobelco Steelers and most recently in the US for Rugby New York.

George Bower - All Black #1194

Bower is a current All Black who joins the Front Row Daily Show following injury that ruled him out of the Rugby World Cup. He is a multiple Super Rugby champion with the Crusaders and has played 22 Test for the All Blacks.

Stacey Waaka – Black Fern #183

Waaka is one of New Zealand’s most decorated women’s rugby players, with two Rugby World Cups titles with the Black Ferns to her name, and well as an Olympic Sevens gold medal from Tokyo 2020. She joins the Front Row Daily Show from the start of October.

Elma Smit – Presenter

The South African producer-presenter first covered a Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011 when she became the first woman to ever report on Rugby’s global showpiece, for African broadcast giant SuperSport. Since then, she has added being the lead producer in the Springboks’ bubble during the British & Irish Lions Tour of 2021 to her CV, but also a stint as Producer-Presenter on Rugby World Cup Daily for World Rugby in 2019 and coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup for the ICC as a digital “Insider” in 2019. These days she works as the account director for all rugby work from Whisper’s London office, while hosting the leading women’s rugby podcast The Good The Scaz & The Rugby, alongside Emily Scarratt and Mo Hunt.

Laura-Jane Jones – Presenter

Laura-Jane Jones is a Swiss Army Knife of TV production with 15 years in the industry behind her. ‘LJ’ has travelled the world covering rugby, and has extensive experience in the women’s game; a decade of covering Women’s 6 Nations, domestic women’s rugby and last year’s Rugby World Cup in NZ.

James McOnie – Presenter

McOnie is a much-loved and talented sports journalist and broadcaster with a broad knowledge of rugby, who has also forged a reputation for his sense of humour and ability to see the lighter side of sport on a variety of platforms including Sky’s The Crowd Goes Wild since 2006. Proudly hailing from Te Awamutu in the middle of New Zealand’s North Island, he’s a Chiefs and All Blacks fan since forever.

Ric Salizzo – Executive Producer

Salizzo ONZM is an award-winning New Zealand journalist, television presenter and producer. He is best known for producing and presenting long-running sports chat show SportsCafe, as well as executive producing and occasionally presenting sports current events show The Crowd Goes Wild. Since 2020 he has acted as CEO of MLR franchise, Rugby New York.

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