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Phil Gifford and Simon Barnett Reunite on Newstalk ZB

Gifford to write weekly rugby column for the Herald

31 October 2018 – Legendary rugby writer, author, radio host and Newstalk ZB contributor, Phil Gifford, will join Simon Barnett on Newstalk ZB for afternoons 12pm-4pm from mid-2019.

Head of talk, Jason Winstanley says that many will remember the ‘Si and Phil’ show on air in Christchurch and Dunedin. From 1992 to 2003 they were the judged the best breakfast show in New Zealand on numerous occasions.

“When it comes to powerhouse breakfast shows, Simon and Phil dominated the air waves. It was a winning combination due to their genuine approach and their friendship off air, and Newstalk ZB is excited to be able to bring this combo back on air across the country.”

NZME managing editor Shayne Currie confirmed that Gifford will also join the New Zealand Herald as a weekly rugby columnist.

“Next year will be massive with the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Phil is a legendary rugby writer and columnist, who will provide insightful opinion backed by decades of intimate knowledge and experience of the national game.”

Gifford says joining Barnett on Newstalk ZB is a return to the best times he ever enjoyed in radio. “Simon was like family to me, basically the annoying kid brother I never had. Time hasn’t changed that bond at all, and working together again is an amazing opportunity.

“I’ve had a long association with Newstalk ZB, and working fulltime with their off air team, who I know from personal experience are talented, hard working, and supportive, is something I look forward to enormously.

“On a very personal level Simon, Jodi and their family, and Jan and I and our family, have always been close, and the chance to share more time with them is a wonderful bonus.

“It’s great to be extending my rugby relationship with NZME from radio to also include a rugby column in the Herald, in what will be an extraordinary year for the game.

“I believe Steve Hansen has revolutionised the way the All Blacks play the game, and the chance of another amazing World Cup in Japan next year, and the possibility of an All Black three-peat is hugely exciting.”

Listen to Newstalk ZB Afternoons with Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford from mid 2019.

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