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11 December: World Schools Sevens tournament teams announced

The inaugural GJ Gardner World Schools Sevens pilot event will take place on Saturday December 17th at Sacred Heart College with six teams in the boys division and four in the girls division.The boys teams are Australia, NZ Condors, NZ Maori, NZ Fijians, Samoan Barbarians and the Cook Islands. The girls teams are Australia, NZ Condors, NZ Wasps, Samoan Barbarians. The tournament will take place from 10am-4:30pm and will be live on Sky Sport.
​The majority of players named in the 4 NZ teams also played in the recent National Secondary School Sevens Finals known as the Condors last weekend but also includes a few who didn’t play at the Condors.View the teams here

9 December: Guildford to debut for Waikato

Former All Black Zac Guildford is set to make his debut for Waikato on Sunday in the Northern 7s.Read more here

Tournament details:
Where, when:Memorial Park, Cambridge on Sunday December 11. First gamesbegin at 10am.
Men's Pool 1:Counties Manukau, Auckland, Waikato.
Men's Pool 2:North Harbour, Bay of Plenty, Northland.
Women's Pool 1:Counties Manukau, North Harbour, Bay of Plenty.
Women's Pool 2:Waikato, Auckland, Northland.

9 December: All Blacks Sevens for Cape Town

The All Blacks Sevens squad for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Series Tournament in Cape Town, 10-11 December 2016, has been named with Bay of Plenty’s Dan Hollinshead joining the squad replacing the injured Beaudein Waaka. The team is: Scott Curry (Captain), Tim Mikkelson, Antonio Kiri Kiri, DJ Forbes, Dylan Collier, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Rocky Khan, Sherwin Stowers, Jonathan Ruru, Isaac Te Tamaki, Sione Molia, Junior Ngaluafe Travelling Reserves: Billy Ropha, Dan Hollinshead

1 December: 2017 Hawke's Bay Sevens - entries open

Entries are now open for the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Sevens tournament, hosted by the Central Hawke’s Bay Rugby & Sports Club in Waipukurau, on 18 February 2017 are now open. The programme can cater for a maximum of 45 teams split into 15 sections of 3 teams each. With three divisions the line -up can vary: Men’s 18-21-24 teams; Colts (Under 21yrs @ 31 – 8 – 17) 12-15-18 teams; Women’s 6 -8-9 teams. Entries close 8 February 2017. For further enquires please contact the Tournament Controller, Ross Angus Phone (06)857 8769 or Email :- hautope@yahoo.co.nz.

28 November: Portia Woodman scores three in NZ win

Counties Manukau wing/centre Portia Woodman scored a hat-trick of tries as the Black Ferns eased past Ireland 38-8 in their rugby international in Dublinto complete their season unbeaten. Fullback Selica Winiata also scored two tries and first five-eighth Kelly Brazier one in the Black Ferns' comfortable six-try win to make it three wins from three on their northern tour. Prior to the tour-ending Dublin international, the Black Ferns had also beaten world champions England 25-20 in London and Canada 20-10 in Dublin.New Zealand 38 (Portia Woodman 3, SelicaWinata2,Kelly Brazier tries,Kendra Cocksedge 3 con, Hazel Tubiccon) Ireland 8 (NiamhKavanagh try,NiamhBriggs con,Nora Stapleton pen)

27 November: Tasman win South Island Sevens

Tasman won the Southern Regional Sevens in Timaru for the first time on Saturday with a 12-5 win in the final over defending champions Otago to take home the Tofa Shield. Triesto Sam Chamberlain and Willy Havili, to a solitary try to Otago's Gavin Stark, ultimately left Tasman unbeaten and with both hands securely on the main prize.Read more here

26 November: Fijians add flair to South Canterbury sevens side

Five Fijian players should add plenty of flair to the South Canterbury sevens side at the Southern Regional Sevens on their home territory in Timaru today. A feature of the South Canterbury team is Timaru Boys' High School's wing Isireli Kawa. Kawa was one of the stand out backs in the Crusaders Schools Championship and was the fourth top try scorer.The 19-year-old is also the quickest in the South Canterbury sevens side, so if he gets into space he could cause problems for the opposition.Read more here

24 November: Perenara to start at halfback in season ender

TJ Perenara (Northern United) has been selected to start at halfback for the All Blacks in their final Test of 2016, against France in Paris this Sunday morning at 9.00am (NZT). Dane Coles (Poneke) and Julian and Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) are the other Wellington players in the 23 for this international. The All Blacks will be hunting their 44th win in their 57th Test against France.

23 November: Four new players in Sevens squad

The Black Ferns Sevens have named four new players in their squad for season opener in Dubai next week. The team is: Ruby Tui, Shakira Baker. Jordon Webber. Niall Williams, Sarah Goss (captain). Michaela Blyde, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Kelly Brazier, Tenika Willison*, Katarina Whata-Simpkins, Portia Woodman, Rebekah Cordero-Tufuga* Travelling reserves are: Jess Drummond*Danielle Paenga* *new cap

22 November: Long year for Coles

Battered hooker Dane Coles (Poneke) will be wary of France after thrashing them in the World Cup quarter-final just over a year ago, at the end of a long season.Read more here

Stories
 Waikato and Counties Manukau win Northern 7s
11 December: Waikato and Counties Manukau win Northern 7s

Waikato and Counties Manukau won the respective men’s and women’s competitions at the Northern Region 7s tournament in fine, breezy conditions at Memorial Park in Cambridge on Sunday. Waikato beat Northland 31-17 to win the men’s final and Counties Manukau bested Bay of Plenty 31-19 in the women’s final, to see both winning teams qualify top from their zone for the nationals in Rotorua on 14 and 15 January.

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Wellington, Manawatu win Central 7s
10 December: Wellington, Manawatu win Central 7s

The Wellington Men's and Manawatu Women's teams won today's Central 7s tournament in wet conditions at Playford Park in Levin, to qualify top from the Central Zone for the National 7s in January. Wellington beat Taranaki 33-7 in the Men's final and Manawatu defeated Wellington 26-7 in the Women's final. The five men's teams to qualify for the Nationals were (seedings in brackets): Wellington (1), Taranaki (2), Hawke's Bay (3), Manawatu (4) and Horowhenua Kapiti (5).

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Aisle be back: Hurricanes Fan Council
9 December: Aisle be back: Hurricanes Fan Council

That was some year, that 2016. Here were my key correct predictions for 2016. The Hurricanes would not only be Super Rugby champions but achieve it after an incredible three game finals run where they conceded no tries. The All Blacks would set a world record streak but make even more history by becoming the first side in black to lose to Ireland. England - yes, England - would be well on the way to being world no.2.

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UPDATED Central 7s tournament in Levin on Saturday
8 December: UPDATED Central 7s tournament in Levin on Saturday

UPDATED Friday: The East Coast Men's team has withdrawn from the tournament. Updated information: 2 pools of 4 teams Round Robin pool play within own pool - 3 games each 1st in Pool A will play 2nd in Pool B and 2nd Pool A will play 1st in Pool B in the Cup Semi Finals (1st – 4th). 3rd in Pool A will play 4th Pool B and 4th Pool A will play 3rd Pool B in 5th v 6th Playoff Semi-Finals.

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Charles Monro accolade to highlight community rugby at NZRU awards
7 December: Charles Monro accolade to highlight community rugby at NZRU awards

Above: Beauden Barrett adding to his 199 points this year for the Hurricanes. The Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award will lead the community accolades at next Thursday's annual New Zealand Rugby awards at a swanky inner city Auckland venue. The Charles Monro award - named after the man who introduced rugby to New Zealand in 1870 - recognises club rugby's volunteers. This year's three nominees are from Auckland, Manawatu and Wellington.

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Featured Points Table
National Provincial Championship Premiership 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Canterbury 10 8 2 0 397 219 8 40
Taranaki 10 7 2 1 338 259 7 37
Tasman 10 7 2 1 306 234 4 34
Counties Manukau 10 6 4 0 284 234 10 34
Auckland 10 5 5 0 335 302 10 30
Waikato 10 5 4 1 269 259 8 30
Hawke's Bay 10 2 8 0 251 383 8 16
Featured Points Table
National Provincial Championship Championship 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Otago 10 7 3 0 290 267 6 34
Wellington 10 6 4 0 300 296 8 32
North Harbour 10 5 4 1 262 263 4 26
Manawatu 10 4 6 0 259 266 7 23
BoP 10 3 7 0 302 316 11 23
Northland 10 1 9 0 280 380 7 11
Southland 10 2 8 0 201 396 3 11
Featured Points Table
Heartland Championship 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wanganui 8 8 0 0 362 110 6 38
South Canterbury 8 7 1 0 324 162 8 36
Buller 8 6 2 0 258 190 6 30
Wairarapa Bush 8 6 2 0 240 174 6 30
Mid Canterbury 8 5 3 0 282 198 7 27
King Country 8 4 2 2 236 170 5 25
Poverty Bay 8 3 5 0 296 268 8 20
North Otago 8 2 4 2 230 246 5 17
Horowhenua Kapiti 8 2 5 1 224 260 5 15
West Coast 8 2 6 0 188 404 3 11
Thames Valley 8 0 7 1 158 324 3 5
East Coast 8 0 8 0 166 458 3 3
Featured Points Table
Women's NPC - Farah Palmer Cup 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Counties Manukau 6 6 0 0 218 33 5 29
Auckland 6 5 1 0 220 84 6 26
Canterbury 6 5 1 0 229 108 5 25
Wellington 6 4 2 0 149 128 4 20
Manawatu 6 3 3 0 153 125 7 19
Waikato 6 2 4 0 111 121 3 11
North Harbour 6 2 4 0 116 161 3 11
Otago 6 0 6 0 66 300 1 1
BoP 6 0 6 0 26 228 0 0
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