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2 August: Paraparaumu win championship on penalties

Paraparaumu won the 2015 Horowhenua Kapiti Ramsbottom Cup final at Levin Domain on Saturday, beating rivals Waikanae 12-9. The final was decided on penalties, with neither side able to cross the other's tryline. It was 6-6 at halftime.

 

31 July: Wai Bush club final on Saturday

The Wairarapa Bush club rugby final is on Saturday, between Greytown and Gladstone at Memorial Park, Masterton. Read a preview here 

31 July Canterbury beat Wellington in pre-season match
31 July: Canterbury beat Wellington in pre-season match

Canterbury defeated Wellington 50-33 in an ITM Cup pre-season match at Rugby League Park in Wellingotn today. Canterbury were far too clinical for Wellington, racing to a 28-7 halftime lead. The home side played better in the second half, but Canterbury pulled clear. 

30 July: Bay of Plenty v Auckland pre-season clash

Bay of Plenty Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named a side which holds a mixture of experience and youth for their first pre-season game against Auckland tomorrow at Whakatane’s Rugby Park. The side features eleven new caps, but also includes All Black Sam Cane who has been released to play prior to his anticipated return to All Black duty. McMillan states, “The team has come together well over the last few months and I expect an encouraging performance. Whilst a positive result in the pre-season fixture would be favourable, I am more interested in achieving the small goals we have set in the lead up to the ITM Cup, and to see some individual and collective intent in everything we do.” Culum Retallick and Carl Axtens will co-captain tomorrow's Steamers team, kicking off at 2.30pm

28 July: 2015 Canterbury ITM Cup squad announced

The Canterbury squad to contest the 2015 ITM Cup includes seven uncapped players. Cameron McIntyre rejoins the squad after nine years playing abroad, whilst Luke Whitelock is the captain. Canterbury will play two pre-season games, against Wellington and Counties Manukau ,both away. Read more here

27 July: Lincoln University win CHCH Championship

Lincoln University beat Christchurch 24-19 on Sunday to claim the 2015 Canterbury Metro Division 1 Championship Hawkins Trophy. Lincoln led 12-0 at halftime. Lincoln also won the first round competition and completed an unbeaten season (one draw). In other Finals results, High School Old Boys defeated Sumner 65-7 to win the Plate and Linwood beat Burnside 42-41 to claim the Bowl honours.

26 July Taranaki downed by Auckland in pre-season game
26 July: Taranaki downed by Auckland in pre-season game

Auckland were too good against Taranaki in the first ITM Cup pre-season match for both teams in Te Awamutu today. 

Taranaki, who fielded a development team given most of the Super players are still on leave commitments, went down 22-8 with the amber and blacks only able to score one try to fullback Jackson Ormond. 

There were positive displays by forwards Caleb Mawson, Mitchell Brown, Lachlan Boshier and Toa Halafihi. The backed struggled to put anything together and made plenty of mistakes in the first half. The second spell looked a bit more promising for Taranaki but Auckland snuck through for a few easy tries. 

Their next pre-season match is against Counties Manukau on Otrohonga next weekend.  

25 July: Finals around NZ today

Several ITM Cup and Heartland unions are holding their club rugby finals today. Club Rugby will carry a written round-up of these on Sunday, including an extended report on the Auckland Gallaher Shield final. To contribute with news and information or photos please email editor@clubrugby.co.nz . 

25 July: 1st XV results

New Plymouth Boys' High School have made it three wins from three matches in the Super 8 competition beating Napier Boys' High School 41-12.

New Plymouth play Rotorua away next weekend and Napier play Plamerston North in the Polson Banner clash on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile Francis Douglas Memorial College suffered a loss to Fielding High School 64-12 in Feilding. 

Francis Douglas didn't start well at all being down 36 points in the first 20 minutes. 

23 July: Te Puke Sports and Tauranga Sports to meet in Baywide final Saturday

This weekend Te Puke Sports will not want to fall short at the final hurdle against a structured and determined Tauranga Sports side. Tauranga Sports on the other hand have stepped up a gear following their only loss of the season and will be out to upset the home crowd favourites and triumph where it counts.The final is being played at Murray Salt Stadium, kick off at 2.45pm. The two clubs also meet in the Baywide Development final in the curtain-raiser at 12.30pm.

Stories
Old Boys University Goats win 2015 Jubilee Cup
1 August: Old Boys University Goats win 2015 Jubilee Cup
2015 is the Year of the Goat. The Old Boys University Goat, that is. The Old Boys University Goats fans and supporters were dancing in the Porirua Park stand earlier this evening after their team's Wellington Lions centre Wes Goosen plucked a high kick out of the air and scored in the Porirua Park clubrooms corner to take the score in the Jubilee Cup final to 30-20 with several minutes to play.
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Boys High look for positive end of season
30 July: Boys High look for positive end of season
Above: New Plymouth Boys' High School, seen here playing Gisborne Boys' High School, have enjoyed a healthy interschool season with some strong wins and will be looking for a positive end to 2015.  New Plymouth Boys' High School have the opportunity to finish third in the Super 8 competition heading into the final match against Rotorua Boys' High School this weekend. After beating Napier Boys' High School 41-12 on the weekend, New Plymouth move into third equal with Hastings.
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 Two-week countdown to the start of the ITM Cup
30 July: Two-week countdown to the start of the ITM Cup
ITM Cup Draws & Results. We will again be running full draws and results and points tables for the ITM Cup, Women's NPC and Heartland Championship competitions. Please check back soon once we have inputted these draws to bookmark our Draws & Results section (link above). Today marks 14 days until the ITM Cup kicks off – and with one Ranfurly Shield, two trophies up for grabs, 10 weeks of play, 14 teams and 72 matches - the competition is sure to be nothing less than action-packed.
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Top points scorer Kneepkens continues to grow
30 July: Top points scorer Kneepkens continues to grow
Above Tukapa's Eli Kneepkens, seen here playing for the Taranaki Secondary Schools side last year, has enjoyed his step up into premier rugby in 2015 which earned him a spot in Taranaki's first ITM Cup pre-season match against Auckland last weekend.
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Wes Goosen hoping for Goats success on Saturday
28 July: Wes Goosen hoping for Goats success on Saturday
Above: Wes Goosen in familiar pose, diving to score a try in a recent match for Old Boys University The last time Wes Goosen played a final at Porirua Park was in 2013. His Wellington College First XV upset St. Patrick's College, Silverstream, 25-22. Goosen spent most of that season injured. In a pre-season fixture against Napier Boys' High School (at the same venue) he broke his finger and suffered a stress fracture in his back.
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