In a much anticpated clash, the two unbeaten sides in Bay of Plenty's Baywide competiton clash today. The match between Tauranga Sports on 45 points andn home team Te Puke Sports on 42 is much anticpated. Te Puke are playing in special pink jerseys to raise funds for breast cancer research. In other matches today,third placed Mount Maunganui (35) have a key match against sixthplaced Greerton Marist, with Rotoiti (32) and Whakarewarewa (29) both expected to win at home against minnows.
Spotswood United and Chiefs midfield pair Seta Tamanivalu and Charlie Ngatai have been included in the All Black squad for the one-off Samoa test next week.
The selection comes after All Black management made a call not to use players used by the Hurricanes and Highlanders Super Rugby final, taking out several All Black players.
However the opportunity for Tamanivalu and Ngatai to wear the black jersey is welcomed by Taranaki rugby followers with over 850 people 'liking' or commenting on the announcement via the Taranaki Rugby's Facebook page.
The selection sees Taranaki's representative in the squad move to five.
Nelson College took out this year’s Quadrangular Tournament, beating host school Wellington College 6-3 in an absorbing final. Played in fine, cool conditions, both sides showed plenty of endeavour but execution let each side down and Nelson won on penalties. In the early game, Christ’s College defeated Wanganui Collegiate 22-0, after taking a 3-0 lead into halftime. Monday’s opening games saw Nelson College beat Wanganui Collegiate 30-7 and Wellington College defeat Christ’s College 36-8
A pair of gumboots and a foldaway chair were placed behind the dead ball line at Tompkins Park in Perth, as Norm Berryman's former club paid tribute to the ex-All Black.Players from Wanneroo Districts Rugby Club - where he coached age-group teams for several years - also observed a minute's silence before the kick-off to Saturday's defeat at Palmyra. Berryman's funeral is on Wednesday. Read more here
The 2015 Super Rugby final will be an all New Zealand affair at Westpac Stadium in Wellington next week between the home side the Hurricanes and visitors the Highlanders after both combined brawn with brains in beating Australian teams in their semi-finals. The Hurricanes beat the best defensive team in the competition, the Brumbies, four tries to nil, 29-9 at home, while the Highlanders engineered a second half rugby clinic to beat the Waratahs 35-17 in Sydney. Ticket details to follow.
Defending Poverty Bay champions Pirates face a big match this Saturday against OBM. Win and they'll still be in the race for the championship title, lose and their season will be over. Pirates, who are rebuilding this season after the loss of much of their 2014 squad require nothing less than a bonus point win to stay in the race. Read more here
In a game of two halves, The Bay of Plenty Wasps held off a resilient Counties Manukau Cavaliers side to win 29-19 in a represenative match on Wednesday night. The Wasps side 19 unanswered points in the first half; tries to wingers Brynn Uriarau and Jonah Bainavalu, with openside Zak Hohneck driving over the line. They led 26-0 at halftime. The Counties Cavaliers’ Cardiff Vaega led the charge dotting over the line early in the second half, with team mate Piers Francis successfully converting. It was the start of the Cavaliers comeback going onto score 19 unanswered points.However the Wasps’s had the final say of the match when they were awarded a penalty out in front, Dan Hollinshead successfully converting their only points of the second half. The BoP Steamers and Counties Manukau ITM Cup squads will be named in the coming weeks.
View this video by World Rugby summing up the World U20 Championship, won over the weekend by the Junior All Blacks
Tana Umaga (Petone) has been named as the new Blues Head Coach. Former All Blackcs captain Umaga said it was an honour to take up the role with the Blues.“I am excited at the opportunity and of course understand there’s a big challenge ahead for us all,” said Umaga. “I know there are a lot of very good players signed on and I look forward to working with them. There’s no quick fix to turn things around. It is going to take a lot of very hard work which will be my focus. I want to let our performances on the field do the talking.”
Former Northland, Crusaders and All Black mid-fielder Norm Berryman has died of a heart attack in Perth this week. Berryman, won the old Super 12 title with the Crusaders and played one Test for the All Blacks against South Africa in 1998. 'Stormin Nornam' played 30 matches for the Crusaders. Read more here