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Auckland Rugby launches 1st XV TV
Auckland Rugby launches 1st XV TV

The Auckland 1A Premier First XV competition is the most hotly contested in the country. 1st XV TV is an online streaming service that will highlight Auckland 1st XV rugby to supporters in New Zealand and around the world. The project will see one match streamed live on the Auckland Rugby website every Saturday of the competition, with highlights of all other games in a weekly highlights show.  Photo credit For more information read here 

Hawke's Bay player to play 400th consecutive game

Otane rugby player Kelly Graham will take the field this coming Saturday in Hawke's Bay club rugby for a Town-Country grade game against neighbours Central to play his 400th consecutive game for the team since 1992. This is believed to be a New Zealand record and to add extra significance to the feat his 18-year-old son Jaharlym, a lock-loosie, will be playing alongside him. For more read here

 

 

1 April: Northland Premier rugby starts this week

The 2015 Northland Southern Districts Premiers competition starts this week, with Mid Western and the Western Sharks getting underway under lights on Thursday night, defending champions Hora Hora and Wellsford meeting in a replay of last year’s final on Friday afternoon, followed by the remaining first round matches on Saturday. Matches are: Mid Western v Western Sharks (Thursday); Hora Hora v Wellsford (Friday); Hikurangi v Mid Northern; Kamo v Otamatea; Old Boys Marist v Waipu (all Saturday). 

31 March: NZ universities squad named for Japan tour

A 25-strong NZ Universities team tours Japan later in April. The team plays a Japan East XV in Osaka and two games against against Kanto selections in Tokyo. The second match will be the curtainraiser to the Japan-Hong Kong test match. The team contains many familiar players with ITM Cup, NZ U20 and NZ Schools experience. read more here



30 March: Sydneham turn tables in CHCH club rugby opener

Sydenham turned the tables on High School Old Boys to beat them 18-17 in a re-match of last year's final on the opening day of Christchurch Metropolitian club rugby on Saturday. Sydenham established an 18-12 lead midway through the second half and held on. For other results and the draw click on the map of Canterbury to the right of this page. To read more go here

30 March Dunedin: Southern hold off Pirates
30 March: Dunedin: Southern hold off Pirates

Southern retained the Jack Hore Memorial Trophy against Pirates in Dunedin Premier rugby on Saturday, winning 31-3 in a . Other round 2 results were: Taieri 65 – Green Island 7; Dunedin 15 – Zingari-Richmond 5; Harbour 24 – University 13; Alhambra-Union 48 – Kaikorai 13. For more photos by John Caswell go here

29 March: All Blacks Sevens into quarterfinals

The All Blacks Sevens team will play Hong Kong in the Cup quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Sevens today, after being held to a 24-24 draw by Portugal and beating Australia 14-5 but still topping the Pool on day one. Fiji will play England, South Africa will play Australia and USA will play Samoa in the other Cup quarterfinals. For more go herens

28 March: Canterbury club rugby kicks off today

The Hawkins Cup Christchurch Metro club rugby competition kicks-off today with a gala day hosted by the Christchurch club. While much of the interest will centre on a repeat of last season’s Hawkins Trophy final between High School Old Boys and Sydenham. To view the draw and follow the competiton click on the Canterbury region on the map of NZ (right). To read the CRFU's preview clck here

27 March: Counties-Manukau: Onewhero hoping to bounce back

Onewhero had a one-point loss to last year's champions Bombay in the the second of Premier club competition last week. Tomorrow they host Drury who have lost their opening two fixture in their first home fixture of the season. For more read the article on the Counties-Manukau website here

26 March The man who selected both All Blacks and Wallabies teams
26 March: The man who selected both All Blacks and Wallabies teams

Big Fred Masters has a unique place in international rugby history. He was a selector for both the All Blacks and the Wallabies – the only man to have helped pick both national teams. To read more visit the story on the West Coast website

25 March: Southland club rugby starts this weekend

The Southland Premier club rugby starts this weekend with a full round of games. Eight teams will be lining up to win the presitgous Galbraith Shield. Three-time defending champions Woodlands are again the team to beat, and they open their account in Gore against Eastern Northern Barbarians. Opening round matches are: Midlands v Pirates Old Boys, Eastern Northern Barbarians vWoodlands, Marist v Blues and Waikaka v Star.

24 March: Nasi Manu to Scotland

Canterbury vice-captain and Highlanders loose forward and co-captain Nasi Manu is off to Edinburgh at the end of this Super Rugby season. Manu has made his way through the representative grades in Canterbury and debuted for the provincial team in 2007. He has been a member of all six of the title winning Canterbury sides between 2008 and 2013, including playing in every one of those finals. “Nasi came into this team as a teenager full of promise, having already won world titles at Under 19 and Under 20 levels. He lived up to expectations on the field, scoring a try on debut, and was a complete champion off the field too, quickly becoming a much loved member of the team,” coach Scott Robertson said.“Nasi’s leadership, diligence, talent and great company will be missed by us all this season. We support his decision to head overseas though and hope that he has a fantastic adventure living and playing in Scotland.”

Stories
Nonu to play 150th Super Rugby match on Friday
1 April: Nonu to play 150th Super Rugby match on Friday
Wellington Lions, Hurricanes and All Blacks midfielder Ma’a Nonu is set to become the fourth player to reach 150 Super Rugby appearances when he takes the field this Friday night for the Hurricanes against the Stormers.
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First New Zealand U20 team of the year named
31 March: First New Zealand U20 team of the year named
As part of more thorough preparations for the upcoming U20 World Cup in Italy, the New Zealand U20s are competing in an Oceania Under 20 Championship in Australia next month. A 31-strong Junior All Blacks squad has been named for that tournament. The squad features seven players who played in last year’s Junior World Championship in Auckland, seven contracted Investec Super Rugby players and a strong rugby pedigree.
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A beer with an All Black: Andy Leslie
30 March: A beer with an All Black: Andy Leslie
Above: Andy Leslie holds the Jubilee Cup trophy aloft for Petone in 1974, the year he first made the All Blacks. In 2008, Andy Leslie enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as President of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union. In 1974 on the same ground (then named Cardiff Arms Park), Leslie was told to “bugger off” by an officious groundsman. Leslie was All Black captain and was inspecting the field ahead of the All Blacks clash against the Welsh XV.
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 New Zealand falls to Fiji in Hong Kong Sevens
30 March: New Zealand falls to Fiji in Hong Kong Sevens
The All Blacks Sevens team lost 19-33 to Fiji in the Cup final of the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday night. Fiji retained the Hong Kong Sevens title that they won last year by taking a commanding 21-0 lead just before at halftme and holding on to the end. New Zealand hit back in the second half, but Fiji maintained their super-positive gameplan against the New Zealanders and offered them little chance of a comeback victory.
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New Zealand club rugby round-up 28 March
29 March: New Zealand club rugby round-up 28 March
Most New Zealand club rugby competitions for 2015 were underway on Saturday, with some playing their first rounds and others such as Waikato and Counties Manukau and Bay Of Plenty in full swing.  Waikato, Counties Manukau and BoP have now completed three full rounds of Premier club rugby, having started on 14 March, while other notable competitions to start up on Saturday included Taranaki, Canterbury Metro, Hawke’s Bay and North Harbour.
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