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4 July: Tauranga Sports and Te Puke Sports to clash in BoP

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.

3 July Two more Taranaki players on All Black cover
3 July: Two more Taranaki players on All Black cover

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. 

2 July: Nelson College win Quadrangular

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

29 June: Tributes to Norm Berryman

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 

28 June Super Rugby final in Wellington
28 June: Super Rugby final in Wellington

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.

27 June: Big match for Pirates

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

25 June: BoP Wasps beat Counties-Manukau Cavaliers

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.

23 June: World Rugby U20 highlights video

View this video by World Rugby summing up the World U20 Championship, won over the weekend by the Junior All Blacks 

23 June  Umaga appointed to Blues post
23 June: Umaga appointed to Blues post

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.”

23 June: Berryman passes away

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 

Stories
Grammar Tec reaffirm championship favouritism
4 July: Grammar Tec reaffirm championship favouritism
Grammar Tec stamped their authority on the march to the Gallaher Shield with a 67-12 thrashing of Ponsonby at Western Springs on Saturday. The match which was one of the games of the round ended with one of New Zealand’s greatest ever rugby clubs being dished a hiding by the competition favourites. From the get go Grammar Tec dominated play.
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Hurricanes rugby: 20 of the best
2 July: Hurricanes rugby: 20 of the best
Looking at 20 memorable Hurricanes matches from the first ever game of Super Rugby in 1996 to last weekend's semi-final win over the Brumbies. 1996: Hurricanes and Blues open Super Rugby The Hurricanes and the Blues contested the first ever Super Rugby match at Palmerston North. The Blues went on to win their maiden title in 1996 and won it again in 1997; the Hurricanes made the semi-finals for the first time in 1997 and reached their one and only final in 2006.
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 Maori All Blacks squad named
30 June: Maori All Blacks squad named
The 27-strong Maori All Blacks squad departs for Fiji next week to play Fiji on Saturday 11 July, ahead of a match against the New Zealand Barbarians in Auckland the following Saturday. Coach Colin Cooper said the 2015 squad was an exciting mix of experienced hands and promising young talent. It includes 13 players who took part in last year’s tour to Japan and three members of the successful New Zealand Under 20 team which won the recent World Championship title in Italy.
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New Zealand club rugby round-up 27 June
28 June: New Zealand club rugby round-up 27 June
It’s tight at the top in several of the country’s leading Premier rugby competitions, as the championship weekends draw nearer. There were several notable narrow results and some upsets thrown in as well, all setting up an exciting few weeks ahead on the rugby fields up and down New Zealand. Starting in the deep south, the race for three of the four upcoming semi-finals places appears to be open with Star the only side to have booked their place at the playoff table thus far.
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Super players to boost club sides
26 June: Super players to boost club sides
Above: Chiefs hooker Rhys Marshall is one of three Super Rugby players who will don on their club colours in week 13 of club rugby this weekend.  As the demands of Super Rugby end, a handful of Taranaki representatives will go back to grassroots rugby to represent their clubs – all where it began for many of them before they made the professional scene.
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Taranaki 10 7 2 1 321 197 8 38
Canterbury 10 7 3 0 337 205 6 34
Auckland 10 6 3 1 288 225 4 30
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Hawke's Bay 10 5 4 1 253 213 6 28
Northland 10 5 5 0 276 284 5 25
Southland 10 4 5 1 228 301 1 19
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Canterbury 8 6 2 0 304 150 7 31
Otago 8 5 3 0 169 164 5 25
Counties Manukau 8 3 4 1 162 195 3 17
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