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Top qualifier Auckland will host fourth placed Waikato and second placed Wellington will play third placed Counties Manukau in the Women's NPC semi-finals on Saturday 10 October. Venues and times to be confirmed.
Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) is set to play his 100th Test this weekend against Georgia in the Rugby World Cup. Whilst sitting in a cafe in Miramar prior to his trip overseas, Toby Robson penned this fantastic tribute to him. It concludes with: "When all is said and done, Nonu will bow out as the best and most colourful second five-eighth the All Blacks have seen. And that will apply whether he starts in the knockout stages of the Rugby World Cup or not." Read more here
SANZAR today unveiled the draw for the 2016 competition which features new teams from Japan, Argentina and South Africa who will compete for a brand new Super Rugby trophy. The new Japanese team will play its historic first game against the Lions on the afternoon of Saturday 27 February in Tokyo which will be the first Super Rugby match played in Japan. The new Argentinian team gets its maiden Super Rugby campaign underway in Bloemfontein that same weekend against the Cheetahs
Several New Zealand teams are playing in Australia's Central Coast Sevens tournament next month. In the Men’s draw, the New Zealand 7s Development, Wellington 7s and the Rangataua (Bay of Plenty club) are competing. The Women’s draw sees the New Zealand 7s Development and New Zealand Wasps teams participating. For more about the tournament read here
All the information required for the New Zealand Schools' Australian tour is here
All games are being livestreamed. Matches and links at:
24th Sept 6:00pm Samoa vs New Zealand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubB_RXBCJNc
28th Sept 1:00pm Australian Schools Barbarians vs New Zealand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJxKnHV7F38
28th Sept 3:00pm AUS vs Samoa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE3qs1JqapE
2nd Oct 4:00pm Australian Schools Barbarians vs Samoa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS4t86YL5as
2nd Oct 5:45pm Australian Schools v New Zealand Schools - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQKVLBuPJM
The National U19 Jock Hobbs Memorial Tournament in Taupo runs on 27 and 30 September and 3 October.
The teams contesting this year’s Graham Mourie Cup Premiership (top 8) division are:
Blues: North Harbour (Ranked 1), Auckland A (2)
Chiefs: Waikato (1), Taranaki (2)
Hurricanes: Wellington (1), Manawatu (2)
South Island: Canterbury (1), Otago (2)
The teams contesting this year’s Michael Jones Trophy Championship (bottom 8) division are:
Blues: Northland (3), Auckland B (4)
Chiefs: Counties Manukau (3), Bay of Plenty (4)
Hurricanes: Hawke’s Bay (3), Heartland team (4)
South Island: Tasman (3), Southland (4)
Draws and preview later this week.
Taranaki's ITM Cup team has suffered another injury blow with first five-eighth Marty McKenzie ruled out of the game for up to four months.
A statement by Taranaki rugby said he will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a labral tear in his right hip.
The pivot has suffered from problems in his hip this season, but has managed to play a handful of games.
McKenzie's loss is one of many key play makers who have been ruled out. Lock James Broadhurst suffered from concussion in Taranaki's first match against this season and still hasn't returned and regular captain and fullback James Marshall was ruled out of the season due to suffering a broken toe which needed surgery are just a handful of players who are missing.
The New Zealand Schools and Barbarians Schools teams to face one another in Palmerston North tomorrow have been named. The match, scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm at Palmerston North Boy’s High Schoolon Friday is the first hit-out for both teams this year. Read more here
Former All Blacks and University (Old Boys University) five-eighth and midfielder Ian Uttley has died in a car crash. Uttley played two Testsat centre against England in 1963. Diminutive in size, Uttley had top skills and a keen eye for a gap. Orginially from the South Island, Uttley spent his final year of school at Wellington College and played for Wellington between 1961-65 and again in 1968. He also played for Auckland in 1966 and Bay of Plenty in 1967. Read more
The Junior Wellington Lions and the Junior Hawke's Bay Magpies met in the Hurricanes U19 Seeding Tournament on Saturday. The Wellington side won the match 46-5. Listen to the commentary by going here
Above: Auckland's Eden Park, New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium and Nelson's Trafalgar Park will be waiting to see whether they host a home semi-final after this weekend's final round. The mathematicians could be hard at work after the final round if the ITM Cup premiership as several teams eye a home semi-final berth. Canterbury have already confirmed a home semi-final spot but there will be a fight between Auckland, Taranaki and Tasman for the remaining spot.
Canterbury U19 captain and flanker Charlie Gamble received the Sir DJ Graham Award in recognition for his outstanding performances over the three days of action at the recent Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 in Taupo. Canterbury beat Waikato 41-35 in the final. Marist Albion's Gamble was one of five Canterbury players who featured in the 2014 final defeat to Wellington.
Canterbury are the 2015 Graham Mourie Cup champions, beating Waikato 41-35 in a thrilling Premiership final this evening in the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 tournament. Canterbury scored the match winning try in the dying moments of the final, after a late rally and vigorous series of attacks at Waikato’s whitewash. The red and blacks’ flanker, Charlie Gamble, won the DJ Graham Player of the Tournament accolade.
New Zealand has scorched to an emphatic 32-8 win over Australia in hot conditions in their International Secondary Schools Test match in Brisbane tonight (NZT). New Zealand Schools 32 (Isaia Walker, Dalton Papalii, Asafo Aumua, Thomas Umaga-Jensen tries; Wiseguy Fainane 2 pen, 3 con) beat Australia Schools 8 (Ryan McCauley try; Harrison Goddard penalty). HT: 17-3. New Zealand dominated Australia in almost all facets of the match, earning a well-deserved 4 tries to 1 victory.
Canterbury and Waikato will meet in the Premiership final of the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 tournament in Taupo on Saturday, each winning their semi-finals today. Waikato continued their points scoring blitz of recent games, beating Otago 48-23 in one semi-final, whilst Canterbury’s young Lambs pulled clear in the second half to beat Taranaki 42-17 in the other.