Hawke's Bay Magpies rugby team's utility back Richard Buckman's Super season is over before it began. The Highlanders winger injured his shoulder while scoring a try in the first half of the Super champions 45-38 loss to Dan Carter's Racing Metro in Hong Kong last weekend. This was the Highlanders first pre-season outing. For more read here
Hawke's Bay rugby's "Playergate" saga has been resolved. The Havelock North club will be fined $500 and the club's premier team will start the Nash Cup competition next month with a five point deficit. The club's appeal to the New Zealand union late last year was unsuccessful. The villagers received the fine and points penalty after fielding unregistered players, loosie Luke Ottley and prop Emmanuel Maui, in their 22-17 Maddison Trophy semifinal win against Hastings Rugby and Sports in August. Both players were club stalwarts with 154 and 127 games respectively. Read more here
You might look at the Hurricanes' pre-season clash with the Blues in Eketahuna on Saturday and think bore, joke, chore, public-relations charade or hiding to nothing. Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara sees something rather different. Read more here
Around fifty aspiring Crusaders are attending a training camp at Lincoln University today and tomorrow, with the Crusaders Knights squad for 2016 to be selected out of a trial game tomorrow afternoon. The Crusaders Knights will play their first game against the Hurricanes development team on 19 February in Blenheim. They will then play three matches against the Highlanders development team, at Christchurch’s Rugby Park on 27 February, Dunedin’s Logan Park on 5 March, and the Pleasant Point Rugby Club on 12 March.
UPDATE: The match was drawn 19-19. The commuity rugby event was a success. A Waimumu paddock, in the heart of rural Eastern Southland, has been transformed into a manicured sports field for today's pre-season Super Rugby fixture between the Highlanders and Crusaders. Fred Booth Park is named after the owner of the paddock. For imore read here
View days one and two photos of the National Sevens tournament that was held at Wainuiomata over the weekend by visiting Photos above.
The Hurricanes full squad will travel to play the Blues at the Eketahuna Rugby Club thisSaturday, in their second pre-season Super Rugby hit-out. The match kicks off at 3.00pm. Tickets for the Super Rugby pre-season game are available through PGG Wrightson Stores and at Tui HQ, SH2, Mangatainoka. Prices are $40 for GA and $130pp for Corporate Tickets. Tickets also available online at www.tui.co.nz. Kick-off is at 3pm. If the game is not sold out prior, gate sales will be available. More details of the match published here later this week.
For the second week in a row, New Zealand have stolen a Cup final win after the final hooter in the World Rugby Sevens Series. Rieko Ioane scored with 30 seconds remaining in the match to bring New Zealand within two points of Australia, then scored his third of the match after the hooter to secure an unlikely 27-24 victory. Having won the Wellington Sevens in similar circumstances last week, a second comeback Cup final victory seemed unlikely. Read more here
The NZ Women's 7s side is off Florida and Brazil shortly, departing for a training camp in Florida on Sunday 7 February. The players will also travel to Rio de Janiero to familiarise themselves with the Olympic host city before heading to Sao Paulo,the venue of the second tournament of the year on 20-21 February. The team is: Michaela Blyde (Taranaki), Kelly Brazier (Bay of Plenty), Gayle Broughton (Taranaki), Sarah Goss (captain) (Manawatu), Kayla McAlister (Auckland), Huriana Manuel (Auckland), Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auckland), Hazel Tubic (Counties Manukau), Ruby Tui (Canterbury), Kat Whata-Simpkins (Wellington), Niall Williams (Auckland), Portia Woodman (Counties Manukau)
The Blues have started their 2016 campaign with a 59-7 thrashing of the Rebels in their community pre-season match at Pakuranga tonight. The Blues next play the Hurricanes at Eketahuna Saturday week, with the Hurricanes losing 0-28 to the Force in their opener. Scores: Blues 59 (Namatahi Waa, Jack Ram, Melani Nanai, Nic Mayhew, Steven Luatua, Matt Vaega, Patrick Tuipulotu, Rene Ranger, George Moala tries; Matt McGahan 4 cons, Ihaia West 3 cons)Melbourne Rebels 7 (Mitch Inman try, Jack Debreczeni con).
Above: Wellington’s Petone won the Colts competition at Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay Sevens tournament for the third straight year. Forty teams played in hot conditions at Central Park in Saturday’s 33rd annual Hawke’s Bay Sevens tournament, with Napier Pirates (Men’s), Petone (Colts) and Feilding Old Boys Oroua (Women’s) winning the three competitions. Three players of the Tournament were chosen.
Clubs and teams from Wellington, Manawatu, Poverty Bay. as well as all 10 Premier Hawke's Bay clubs, will descend on Central Park, Waipukurau, this Saturday for the 33rd annual Hawke's Bay Sevens tournament. Some 75 matches will be played in the one-day tournament. Men's, Colts and Women's grades will be played simultaneously across three fields, making Waipukurau the place to be tomorrow.
Above: Upper Hutt Rams captain Murphy Taramai tears up the sideline in his side’s 28-5 Cup semi-final win over Awanui at the National Club Sevens on Sunday. Taramai, who departs for North Harbour soon, signed off with a 24-34 loss to Waikato club Melville in the final. Waikato club sevens champions Melville are now New Zealand’s champions.
Day two National Club Sevens Bowl and Cup quarterfinal matches (Sunday 7 February): Bowl Quarterfinals Poneke v Hamilton Marist, 9.17am Mount Maunganuui v Old Boys University, 9.34am Wainuiomata Bye Tauranga Sports Bye Cup Quarterfinals Melville v Marist St Pat’s, 10.08am Rangataua v Karaka, 10.25am Upper Hutt Rams v Nelson Wanderers, 10.42am Suburbs v Awanui, 10.
The National Club Sevens is this Saturday and Sunday at William Jones Park, Wainuiomata. The tournament runs all day Saturday and on Sunday from 9.00am to mid-afternoon, with the men’s Cup final scheduled for 2.23pm on Sunday when the 2016 Middlesex County Wavell Wakefield Cup champion will be crowned.