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27 September: Filipo leaves Lions

Wellington Rugby and Losi Filipo have mutually agreed to the termination of his contract. Filipo today withdrew himself from the Wellington Lions 2016 Men's NPC squad in a move he hopes will go some way toward helping the victims of his assault move on with their lives. With support from his representative and the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association Filipo approached Wellington Rugby this afternoon seeking a release from his playing contract and, after discussions the parties agreed that the termination of his contract was the best outcome for all parties.

25 September: Farah Palmer Cup semi-finals today

UPDATE: It's a Counties Manukau v Auckland final next weekend. Auckland will host Canterbury and Counties Manukau will entertain Wellington in today's two Farah Palmer Cup Women's NPC semi-finals. View the line-ups at Draws & Results across the top of this page.

25 September: Canterbury, Otago still on top

Canterbury (Premiership) and Otago (Championship) are the two teams on top of the two Men's NPC divisions after another completed round of matches. The two teams met each other on Saturday, with Canterbury winning 45-34. Auckland completed the round with a 44-38 win over Bay of Plenty in the last match on Sunday. The compeition resumes on Wednesday night when Waikato put the Ranfurly Shield on the line against Canterbury. For more view Draws & Results across the top of this page. 

23 September: 50-year Ranfurly Shield reunion in Hawke's Bay

Most of the stars of Hawke's Bay's 1966-1969 Ranfurly Shield rugby era will be in Napier this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the day the shield was won. Hawke's Bay hadn't held the Shield for32 years when they challenged new holders Waikato in Hamilton, on Saturday, September 24, 1966, and won 6-0. The anniversary falls this Saturday, with a reunion of players at the 2016 Magpies' Mitre 10 Cup 7.35pm match against Tasman Makos at Napier's McLean Park, where capacity crowds up to a record 26,000 for one game watched 22 defences before the first defeat when Canterbury claimed the Log o' Wood with an 18-11 win on September 28, 1969. It would be another 47 years before Hawke's Bay won the shield again. Read more here

23 September: Kalolo hat-trick fires Steelers to win

Prop Kalolo Tuiloma's unlikely try treble powered Counties-Manukau to a 35-26 NPC victory tonight over Waikato to see them go to the top of the table. Tuiloma scored all his tries early as the Steelers raced to a 19-0 lead.  Read more here

22 September: Taniwha out to tame Lions

Northland's search for a Men's NPC win comes back to the last ground on which they tasted victory. They take on an in-form Wellington at Toll Stadium in what shapes to be a decisive fixture. Despite not registering a win so far in 2016, the Taniwha could still make the playoffs......all they need to do is simply win every one of their four remaining matches. That begins with a clash against Wellington who are running second in the Championship. They're coming off the back of a 24-10 win over Bay of Plenty, a side that beat Northland just two weeks ago 52-25. Read more here

19 September: Waikato draw to retain the Shield

The Ranfurly Shield stays in Hamilton after a 20-all draw.No 8 Toa Halafihi charged over for two of Taranaki's tries that looked to have tipped the scales in their favour in a thriller at Waikato Stadium on Sunday, after impressive Fijian winger Sevu Reece bagged a brilliant brace for Waikato. But the holders fought back and Tyler Campbell's try on debut and Sam Christie's penalty levelled the scores at 20-20. One controversial flash point was the TMO's adjudging of Seta Tamanivalu's no-arms take out of Christie in the lead-up to Stephen Perofeta crossing the tryline for Taranaki. It was disallowed and it denied them a 25-17 lead. Read more here

18 September: Jordie Barrett joins the Hurricanes

Jordie Barrett (Coastal/Lincoln University) has signed a two-year deal to play for Hurricanes and will join his brother Beauden in Wellington for the 2017 and 2018 Investec Super Rugby seasons. The multi-talented 19-year-old will become the third member of the Barrett family to play for the Hurricanes after his father Kevin and older brother. Barrett was a member of the New Zealand Under 20s team at the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championships in England and will again be available for the national age grade squad in 2017.

17 September: Storm face big challenge against Heat

The Auckland Storm face their sternest challenge of the season when they travel across town to play the Counties Manukau Heat at Massey Park today (kick off 12pm). Counties-Manukau currently sit atop the Farah Palmer Cup ladder, while on the same points as the Storm, they boast a superior points difference. While both teams are guaranteed home semifinals, the winner of tomorrow’s match will get home advantage for the final, should they progress. Read more here Meanwhile, Manawatu will be hoping to beat Canterbury and join the red and blacks in next week's semi-finals. View Draws & Results at the top of this page for more.

17 September: Turbos upset Canterbury

The Manawatu Turbos pulled off a major upset with a try three minutes from time to hand Canterbury their first loss of the season 19-13 in Palmerston North on Saturday. Turbos lock Jackson Hemopo was awarded the try after TMO Chris Jansen controversially ruled Johnny McNicol failed to ground a Jason Emery grubber kick in goal. Read more here

Stories
NZ Schools and Barbarians Teams Named
26 September: NZ Schools and Barbarians Teams Named

Article courtesy of  College Sport Media The 2016 New Zealand Schools and Barbarians Schools teams have been named today. The series, to be played in Auckland, involves matches against Fiji Schools  and Australia Schools.

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National U19 tournament Form XV
22 September: National U19 tournament Form XV

Above: Alex Fidow on the burst for Wellington against Canterbury in their bronze match. Photo by  Dave Lintott Photography The Jock Hobbs National U19 tournament concluded yesterday in Taupo with Waikato winning the main event.

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National U19 Tournament: Day Three coverage
21 September: National U19 Tournament: Day Three coverage

Above: Waikato celebrating their win at the National U19 tournament in Taupo today. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography   UPDATE 2:  Waikato are the Premiership Graham Mourie Cup final champions and Counties Manukau are the  Championship Michael Jones Trophy winners at the conclusion of the third annual National U19 tournament in Taupo today.

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8 home games for Chiefs as 2017 draw announced
20 September: 8 home games for Chiefs as 2017 draw announced

Above photo: New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium is likely to host a Chiefs match next year as the 2017 draw for the club has been announced. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography.  The 2017 Super Rugby draw has been announced with the Chiefs to host eight home games next year.

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National U19 Tournament: Day Two coverage
18 September: National U19 Tournament: Day Two coverage

Above: Owen Delaney Park in Taupo during the Auckland - Wellington semi-final ths evening. Photo by  Dave Lintott Photography Waikato will play Auckland in the Premiership Graham Mourie Cup final and Bay of Plenty will play Counties Manukau in the Championship Michael Jones Trophy final on Wednesday.  Otago and Manawatu will square off for fifth place in the top division.

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Featured Points Table
National Provincial Championship Premiership 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Canterbury 6 5 1 0 261 111 6 26
Taranaki 7 5 1 1 215 157 3 25
Counties Manukau 7 4 3 0 225 184 8 24
Auckland 7 4 3 0 218 201 6 22
Waikato 6 3 2 1 145 136 4 18
Tasman 6 4 2 0 159 166 2 18
Hawke's Bay 7 1 6 0 175 290 6 10
Featured Points Table
National Provincial Championship Championship 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Otago 7 6 1 0 238 183 5 29
Wellington 6 5 1 0 157 143 3 23
Manawatu 6 3 3 0 141 149 3 15
North Harbour 6 3 3 0 129 127 2 14
BoP 7 1 6 0 204 215 8 12
Southland 7 1 6 0 141 249 2 6
Northland 7 0 7 0 173 270 4 4
Featured Points Table
Women's NPC - Farah Palmer Cup 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Counties Manukau 6 6 0 0 218 33 5 29
Auckland 6 5 1 0 220 84 6 26
Canterbury 6 5 1 0 229 108 5 25
Wellington 6 4 2 0 149 128 4 20
Manawatu 6 3 3 0 153 125 7 19
Waikato 6 2 4 0 111 121 3 11
North Harbour 6 2 4 0 116 161 3 11
Otago 6 0 6 0 66 300 1 1
BoP 6 0 6 0 26 228 0 0
Featured Points Table
Heartland Championship 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wanganui 5 5 0 0 254 84 4 24
South Canterbury 5 4 1 0 230 122 6 22
Buller 5 4 1 0 192 100 5 21
Wairarapa Bush 5 4 1 0 140 96 3 19
Mid Canterbury 5 3 2 0 168 140 5 17
King Country 5 3 1 1 122 102 2 16
North Otago 5 2 2 1 168 144 5 15
Horowhenua Kapiti 5 1 3 1 136 182 3 9
Poverty Bay 5 1 4 0 154 194 4 8
Thames Valley 5 0 4 1 108 176 3 5
West Coast 5 1 4 0 84 248 1 5
East Coast 5 0 5 0 98 266 3 3
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