The Auckland 1A Premier First XV competition is the most hotly contested in the country. 1st XV TV is an online streaming service that will highlight Auckland 1st XV rugby to supporters in New Zealand and around the world. The project will see one match streamed live on the Auckland Rugby website every Saturday of the competition, with highlights of all other games in a weekly highlights show. Photo credit For more information read here
Otane rugby player Kelly Graham will take the field this coming Saturday in Hawke's Bay club rugby for a Town-Country grade game against neighbours Central to play his 400th consecutive game for the team since 1992. This is believed to be a New Zealand record and to add extra significance to the feat his 18-year-old son Jaharlym, a lock-loosie, will be playing alongside him. For more read here
The 2015 Northland Southern Districts Premiers competition starts this week, with Mid Western and the Western Sharks getting underway under lights on Thursday night, defending champions Hora Hora and Wellsford meeting in a replay of last year’s final on Friday afternoon, followed by the remaining first round matches on Saturday. Matches are: Mid Western v Western Sharks (Thursday); Hora Hora v Wellsford (Friday); Hikurangi v Mid Northern; Kamo v Otamatea; Old Boys Marist v Waipu (all Saturday).
A 25-strong NZ Universities team tours Japan later in April. The team plays a Japan East XV in Osaka and two games against against Kanto selections in Tokyo. The second match will be the curtainraiser to the Japan-Hong Kong test match. The team contains many familiar players with ITM Cup, NZ U20 and NZ Schools experience. read more here
Sydenham turned the tables on High School Old Boys to beat them 18-17 in a re-match of last year's final on the opening day of Christchurch Metropolitian club rugby on Saturday. Sydenham established an 18-12 lead midway through the second half and held on. For other results and the draw click on the map of Canterbury to the right of this page. To read more go here
Southern retained the Jack Hore Memorial Trophy against Pirates in Dunedin Premier rugby on Saturday, winning 31-3 in a . Other round 2 results were: Taieri 65 – Green Island 7; Dunedin 15 – Zingari-Richmond 5; Harbour 24 – University 13; Alhambra-Union 48 – Kaikorai 13. For more photos by John Caswell go here
The All Blacks Sevens team will play Hong Kong in the Cup quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Sevens today, after being held to a 24-24 draw by Portugal and beating Australia 14-5 but still topping the Pool on day one. Fiji will play England, South Africa will play Australia and USA will play Samoa in the other Cup quarterfinals. For more go herens
The Hawkins Cup Christchurch Metro club rugby competition kicks-off today with a gala day hosted by the Christchurch club. While much of the interest will centre on a repeat of last season’s Hawkins Trophy final between High School Old Boys and Sydenham. To view the draw and follow the competiton click on the Canterbury region on the map of NZ (right). To read the CRFU's preview clck here
Onewhero had a one-point loss to last year's champions Bombay in the the second of Premier club competition last week. Tomorrow they host Drury who have lost their opening two fixture in their first home fixture of the season. For more read the article on the Counties-Manukau website here
Big Fred Masters has a unique place in international rugby history. He was a selector for both the All Blacks and the Wallabies – the only man to have helped pick both national teams. To read more visit the story on the West Coast website
The Southland Premier club rugby starts this weekend with a full round of games. Eight teams will be lining up to win the presitgous Galbraith Shield. Three-time defending champions Woodlands are again the team to beat, and they open their account in Gore against Eastern Northern Barbarians. Opening round matches are: Midlands v Pirates Old Boys, Eastern Northern Barbarians vWoodlands, Marist v Blues and Waikaka v Star.
Canterbury vice-captain and Highlanders loose forward and co-captain Nasi Manu is off to Edinburgh at the end of this Super Rugby season. Manu has made his way through the representative grades in Canterbury and debuted for the provincial team in 2007. He has been a member of all six of the title winning Canterbury sides between 2008 and 2013, including playing in every one of those finals. “Nasi came into this team as a teenager full of promise, having already won world titles at Under 19 and Under 20 levels. He lived up to expectations on the field, scoring a try on debut, and was a complete champion off the field too, quickly becoming a much loved member of the team,” coach Scott Robertson said.“Nasi’s leadership, diligence, talent and great company will be missed by us all this season. We support his decision to head overseas though and hope that he has a fantastic adventure living and playing in Scotland.”