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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.