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Central Otago club rugby highlights

Watch here Maniototo defeat Wakatipu 76 - 3 on Saturday 18 April in Central Otago club rugby.

Tauranga building nicely for Baywide competition

The Bay of Plenty Premier club rugby Baywide competition gets underway on 2 May. Tauranga Sports are gunning for their fifth straight win to start the season in the Western BoP competition today against Te Puna. Read more 

18 April: Jeremy Thrush: patience, hard work and loyalty

Jeremy Thrush is living proof that good things come to those who wait. The big lock may have mellowed over the years, but his passion for the Hurricanes hasn't changed ahead of his 100th match for the club. Read more 

14 April: Taranaki club rugby video highlights

To view the video try scoring highlights of the third round of Taranaki Premier rugby on Saturday 11 April sit back and watch here 

12 April: Exciting rugby at the Rec

To view video highlights an exciting match between Marist St Pat's and Petone from yesterday's fourth round set of Swindale Shield fixtures in Wellington go here 

10 April Wairarapa Bush club rugby underway
10 April: Wairarapa Bush club rugby underway

The Wairarapa Bush Bush Senior 1st club rugby competition starts this weekend with a full round of matches here

9 April: NZ Women's Sevens team gunning for four in a row

The NZ Women’s Sevens team for the fourth leg of World Rugby's Women’s Sevens Series in Canada to be held 18-19 April was named today. There are three changes from the side that won in Atlanta last month, including the return of forwards Carla Hohepa, Charlotte Scanlan and Gayle Broughton. After winning the first three rounds of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, Sao Paulo and Atlanta, the team will be looking to win their fourth straight tournament. The team is: Honey Hireme (Wai), Carla Hohepa (Wai), Hazel Tubic (Auck), Charlotte Scanlan (Auck), Sarah Goss (Captain, Mana), Gayle Broughton (Tara), Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auck), Kelly Brazier (BoP), Michaela Blyde (Tara), Selica Winiata, (Mana), Portia Woodman (Auck), Kayla McAlister (Auck),

8 April: New Zealand referees appointed for Rugby World Cup

New Zealand will have four match officials at this year's Rugby World Cup, headed by referees Chris Pollock and Glen Jackson. Mike Fraser has gained an assistant referee's role while Ben Skeen will be used for TMO duties. World Rugby's 12-man referee panel for the tournament in England starting on September 18 is an experienced group with 361 tests between them. For more read here

8 April: NZR records $373,00 profit

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is in the black for the third year in a row after announcing a profit of $373,000 for the 2014 financial year. Cash reserves are $62.6 million and ITM Cup Unions recorded their third successive combined surplus. NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew said the result was pleasing. “It’s very satisfying to have matched another great year on the field with a solid performance off it which means we face the future with continued confidence.”NZR’s revenue in 2014 rose $4m to $120.8m.

7 April High scoring in Easter Monday Dunedin club rugby
7 April: High scoring in Easter Monday Dunedin club rugby

Southern have set a cracking pace in Dunedin Premier club rugby, winning their fourth straight match to start the season on Easter Monday. Southern beat Green Island 40-17, after leading 26-0 at halftime. Other fourth round results saw defending champions Taieri beating Zingari-Richmond 57-24, Harbour defeat Kaikorai 57-17 and Alhambra-Union oust Pirates 39-23. In the round's close result, Dunedin defeated University A 24-23 in a thriller. Photo credit above: John Caswell

 

6 April: Easter Monday club rugby

There's Premier club rugby in several regions on Easter Monday, including ITM Cup Premier regions Manawatu , Otago and Waikato

5 April: Pukekohe go four from four in Counties-Manukau

Pukekohe won their fourth straight match to start the Counties-Manukau Premier club rugby season on Saturday, defeating mid-table Onewhero 50-29. Bombay, Karaka and Ardmore Marist are all behind with three wins from four in the Challenge Cup competition. Results over Easter were: Waiuku 42 – Papakura 0; Ardmore Marist 20 - Manurewa 14; Bombay 65 - Drury 3; Karaka 32 - Patumahoe 13; Pukekohe 50 – Onewhero 29; Te Kauwhata 50 – Weymouth 10. Points after four rounds: Pukekohe 18, Bombay and Karaka 15, Ardmore Marist 14, Waiuku 12, Onewhero 12, Manurewa 10, Te Kauwhata 9, Papakura 9, Patumahoe 6, Drury 0, Weymouth 0 

Stories
NZ Under-20 Profile: Otere Black on The Rise
19 April: NZ Under-20 Profile: Otere Black on The Rise
Above: Otere Black about to take on All Blacks No. 8 Kieran Read in a recent Hurricanes – Crusaders Development fixture. Otere Black is the first person to concede his schoolboy rugby career didn’t feature a lot of notable fixtures. He spent four years at Hato Paroa College in Feilding which he “thoroughly enjoyed,” but felt he wasn’t “challenged enough.
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New Zealand club rugby round-up 18 April
19 April: New Zealand club rugby round-up 18 April
Nationwide club rugby competitions are in full gallop, with a series of stirring matches played around New Zealand on Saturday 18 April. Christchurch Hawkins Cup club rugby came alive with Lincoln University and New Brighton both maintaining their unbeaten records after four rounds with close wins. Lincoln saw off the challenge of winless HSOB 32-29 and New Brighton beat Linwood 28-25. In another noted result, Canterbury University beat defending champions Sydenham 42-41.
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Four teams unbeaten in Auckland club rugby
18 April: Four teams unbeaten in Auckland club rugby
Pakuranga and University (Blue Pool) and Marist and Manukau (White Pool) are the unbeaten teams after the opening two rounds of the Auckland Premier club rugby competition. Pakuranga, University and Marist all earned high scoring wins, while the Manukau Rovers edged Ponsonby in the day’s closest result of the seven matches contested.
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Super Rugby Preview Round 10
17 April: Super Rugby Preview Round 10
Super Rugby's back for another action-packed weekend, with some pretrt big local derbies and trans-Tasman clashes. If you're just tuning in, the Hurricanes are still running the table even though they got to sit back and watch everyone kick the crap out of each other last weekend. The Brumbies are still the best out of Aussie despite gifting the Blues their maiden victory of the season and the Bulls head the South Africans after giving the Reds a drubbing in round nine.
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NZ U20 Profile: Mitchell Hunt
15 April: NZ U20 Profile: Mitchell Hunt
In his final year at Nelson College in 2013, Mitchell Hunt desired a move to Auckland for strictly academic reasons. Hunt studies physics at AUT and had his mind set on that target for some time. “I guess it’s unusual for a good rugby player to be studying physics,” Hunt says. “I have always enjoyed the subject. I passed it in Year 13, but felt I could have done a lot better had I not been distracted by rugby.
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ITM Cup Premiership 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Tasman 10 7 2 1 326 194 8 38
Taranaki 10 7 2 1 321 197 8 38
Canterbury 10 7 3 0 337 205 6 34
Auckland 10 6 3 1 288 225 4 30
Counties Manukau 10 5 4 1 251 192 6 28
Waikato 10 4 6 0 220 321 5 21
Wellington 10 1 9 0 214 381 3 7
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ITM Cup Championship 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Manawatu 10 8 2 0 260 208 3 35
Hawke's Bay 10 5 4 1 253 213 6 28
Northland 10 5 5 0 276 284 5 25
Southland 10 4 5 1 228 301 1 19
North Harbour 10 3 7 0 214 306 6 18
Otago 10 3 7 0 228 279 3 15
BoP 10 2 8 0 202 312 5 13
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Women's NPC 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Auckland 8 8 0 0 385 66 7 39
Waikato 8 7 1 0 245 90 6 34
Canterbury 8 6 2 0 304 150 7 31
Otago 8 5 3 0 169 164 5 25
Counties Manukau 8 3 4 1 162 195 3 17
Manawatu 8 3 4 1 112 184 2 16
Wellington 8 2 6 0 134 223 1 9
Hawke's Bay 8 1 7 0 89 273 3 7
BoP 8 0 8 0 38 293 1 1
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Heartland Championship 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Buller 8 8 0 0 277 145 5 37
Poverty Bay 8 5 2 1 231 170 6 28
Mid Canterbury 8 5 2 1 258 139 5 27
Horowhenua Kapiti 8 5 1 2 169 121 3 27
King Country 8 5 3 0 196 176 6 26
South Canterbury 8 4 4 0 203 165 5 21
North Otago 8 4 4 0 176 155 4 20
Wanganui 8 3 5 0 203 195 5 17
Thames Valley 8 3 4 1 139 135 3 17
West Coast 8 2 6 0 163 232 5 13
Wairarapa Bush 8 1 6 1 151 238 3 9
East Coast 8 0 8 0 67 362 0 0
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