The New Zealand side to play the opening match of the Oceania Rugby Under 20 Championship against Australia on Tuesday, has been named. View the team here
With both the Black Ferns and the New Zealand Women’s Sevens teams being selected this year following the Women’s Provincial Cup competition in October, this year’s Women’s Sevens Series is being played on the weekends of 6 to 8 May and 27 to 29 May.The series includes two teams from the National Women’s Development Programme, and the Samoan and Cook Island National Women’s Sevens teams as they prepare for their final Rio qualifier in June. View the players selected here
Francis Douglas Memorial College will go back to the drawing board after being smashed by St Peter's School from Cambridge in their Central North Island competition match 60-7 last night.
Played as the curtain raiser before the Chiefs v Sharks Super Rugby match at Yarrow Stadium, Francis Douglas scored first but trailed at the break by 12-7.
However, the second half was more open with St Peter's running in 48 unanswered points in a rampage.
The home side dropped too many tackles and allowed the quick wingers to run around the defence.
Francis Douglas' next assignment is against Palmerston North Boys High School away on Wednesday before they play St Paul's Collegiate from Hamilton next Saturday at home.
St. Kentigern College has won the 2016 Presbyterian Schools' Quadrangular tournament with a commanding 57-3 victory over Scots College. Read more here
Oriental-Rongotai loose forward Ardie Savea will take no further part in the New Zealand Sevens team's campaign and won't be in the team for the Rio Olympics.Savea played for the sevens team in Wellington and Sydney and had been down to play for them in Paris and London, with an eye to making the team for the 2016 Olympic Games, but has pulled out to focus on 15s.Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens said Savea was very disappointed would not be returning to the team."There's little doubt Ardie could've been a key player for us in Rio, but we respect his decision. Read more here
Napier Old Boys Marist are leading the way in the Hawke's Bay Nash Cup, earning their fifth straight win on Saturday. Read a round-up of the competiton's matches here
A former Wallaby who was once "on the brink of death" after a serious illness is launching his rugby comeback with a Marlborough club.Richard Kingi, who played one match for Robbie Deans' Wallabies in 2009, trained with East Coast this week and will make his NPD Tasman Trophy debut against Stoke in Seddon on Saturday. "I am very thankful to be alive and playing rugby again," said Kingi, who believes he is in better nick now than during his Super Rugby heyday. For more read here
The All Blacks have won the Laureus Sports Awards for the first time, while star five-eighth Dan Carter won the Comeback of the Year award. Read more here
Crusader Marty McKenzie scored 31 points for Canterbury University in Christchurch club rugby on Saturday. University overan Blefast 81-8. Read more here
Chris Elvin will take the field in his 200th official premier match for Mount Maunganui Sports premier team. Elvin commenced his senior career with Mount Maunganui Sports in 2001, the only local club he has played for. Within his career he has proudly represented Bay of Plenty for the Bay of Plenty Steamers, Development, Maori and Sevens side. Elvin has also played for the New Zealand Barbarians in their match against King Country, as well as been announced the Player of the Tour when playing in the New Zealand Youth Tour in 2003.
The All Blacks Sevens squad for the last two legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Paris (13-15 May) and London (21-22 May) begins training in Mt Maunganui today.
To view New Zealand’s club rugby competitions by region - including Heartland Province results - click on the provinces on the map of New Zealand on our home page. There were many gripping club rugby performances around the country on Saturday as the glorious autumnal weather continued in many places. Several of the country’s university clubs were without players, on duty with the NZU team in Poverty Bay.
Michael Fatialofa was hot property leaving school, but a few years later he was in danger of being a forgotten journeyman. A horror run of injuries conspired against the 23-year old - who is a distant relative of Peter Fatialofa - from reaching Super Rugby sooner. Back surgery in 2011, bilateral hip surgery in 2012, a pectoral muscle injury in 2013 and knee surgery in 2014 all limited the ability of Fatialofa to play regular rugby.
To view New Zealand’s club rugby competitions by region - including Heartland Province results - click on the provinces on the map of New Zealand on our home page. Many of New Zealand’s club rugby competitions marked Anzac Day on Monday, whilst the country’s leading First XVs are also engaged in pre-season programmes as their competitions move into focus.
Above: Peter Umaga-Jensen playing for Wainuiomata against Marist St Pat's last Saturday in Wellington club rugby. Photo by Shane George/Wainuiomata Rugby Peter Umaga-Jensen is one half of the most talked about twins in New Zealand age group rugby. So what's it like not playing with his brother Thomas in 2016? "It's sad and weird, but I guess it was going to happen eventually," Peter admits.