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Caleb Clarke named in All Blacks Sevens team
Young Auckland player Caleb Clarke, son of former All Black Eroni, has been selected in the All Blacks Sevens side for the HSBC Sydney Sevens, to be held next weekend. As well as Clarke, Luke Masirewa returns to the 13-strong national team after last appearing in 2013. The squad is (* indicates new caps): Kurt Baker (Manawatu)Caleb Clarke (Auckland)*Scott Curry (Bay of Plenty)Sam Dickson (Canterbury)Andrew Knewstubb (Tasman)Vilimoni Koroi (Otago)Luke Masirewa (Bay of Plenty)Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)Sione Molia (Counties Manukau)Joe Ravouvou (Auckland)Teddy Stanaway (Bay of Plenty)Regan Ware (Bay of Plenty)Joe Webber (Bay of Plenty) Coach Clarke Laidlaw said the squad returned from the summer break in fantastic condition...More
Experience the theme for Black Ferns Sevens team for Sydney
Above: The youngest member of the team, Southland's Alena Saili. Black Ferns Sevens Coach Allan Bunting has named an experienced team to take on the HSBC Sydney Sevens next weekend. The squad is: Shakira Baker (Waikato)Michaela Blyde (Bay of Plenty)Kelly Brazier (Bay of Plenty)Gayle Broughton (Taranaki)Theresa Fitzpatrick (Auckland)Sarah Goss (Manawatu)Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auckland)Alena Saili (Southland)Terina Te Tamaki (Waikato)Ruby Tui (Bay of Plenty)Stacey Waaka (Waikato)Niall Williams (Auckland)Tenika Willison (Waikato)Portia Woodman (Counties Manukau) Bunting has made two changes from the team that finished fifth at the Dubai tournament in December...More
Waikato and Manawatu win National Sevens titles
Above: Manawatu women's team and supporters after winning the cup final. Photo: Dave Lintott / Round-up and results by Club Rugby correspondents. Waikato (men’s) and Manawatu (women’s) are the 2018 National Sevens champions. Waikato beat South Island champions Tasman 21-17 in the men’s Cup final and Manawatu defeated Waikato 17-15 in the women’s Cup final. Bay of Plenty won the men’s Plate final, while Auckland finished third in the women’s tournament...More
2018 Referee squads released
New Zealand Rugby’s High-Performance Referees’ National Squad has been released for the year ahead. The New Zealand National Squad referees officiate at the Men's and Women's National Provincial Championship and Heartland Championship levels. “Seeing the talent across our wider training group shows the pathway that is available for young referees in this country and we look forward to seeing what they achieve in 2018 and years to come,” said High-Performance Referee Manager Bryce Lawrence...More
National Sevens tournament this weekend
The stage is set for the National Sevens tournament this weekend. Sixteen men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will again compete in the two-day tournament which kicks off at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday. The teams are seeded in four men’s and three women’s pools, having qualified from the three zone tournaments in early December. In the men’s draw, defending champions Counties Manukau is the top seed and leads pool A. South Island winners Tasman and Central winners Wellington headline Pool C Northern runners-up Bay of Plenty assume top billing in Pool B, while beaten Central finalists Manawatu are top seeds in Pool D...More
BoP Provincial Sevens to start 2018 year of rugby
After a short break, the 2018 rugby season kicks off this Saturday with the annual Bay of Plenty Provincial Sevens Tournament at Blake Park at Mount Maunganui. This tournament is the final opportunity for these teams to prepare ahead of the National Sevens being played next weekend (13 and 14 January) at Rotorua International Stadium, the final national tournament at Rotorua before it moves to nearby Tauranga Domain at the end of the year. Several of the country’s leading men’s provincial sides will line up at Sir Gordon Tietjens (Blake) Park, including defending national champions and pre-Christmas Northern Region tournament winners Counties Manukau, recent Central Sevens winners Wellington, defending BoP tournament champions Waikato and South Island raiders Canterbury...More
The greatest Hurricanes XV
Christmas conversation can be awkward as family separated for a long time seek common ground. Whilst putting up our Xmas tree, Club Rugby came up with a great conversation, the greatest Hurricanes XV. Who would make yours? Here is ours. Merry Christmas Everyone! 15. Christian Cullen (85 games, 1996-2003) - Christian Cullen was widely considered the best fullback of modern rugby and was arguably the finest broken field runner to have graced the game. His records speak volumes. His 58 tests, including 51 consecutively, make him the most capped All Black fullback and he scored 46 test tries, only surpassed recently by Doug Howlett...More
Champions recognised at end of season awards
The Black Ferns have been named adidas Team of the Year for the first time ever and Sarah Goss (above) has been named New Zealand Rugby Women’s Player of the Year, topping off a night of successes for the World Champions and women’s rugby at the ASB Rugby Awards in Auckland this evening. The five-time World Champions were named adidas Team of the Year, adding to the World Rugby Team of the Year title they secured in Monaco at the World Rugby Awards earlier this month. All Blacks lock and Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock picked up two awards as he was named the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year and Investec Super Rugby Player of the Year...More
All Blacks Sevens claim title at Cape Town Sevens
The All Blacks Sevens team has claimed victory at the Cape Town leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series with a 38-14 win over Argentina in this morning’s Final. The victory sees the All Blacks Sevens sit atop the Series standings after two legs, having finished runners-up in Dubai last weekend. A slow start to the tournament saw the All Blacks Sevens lose their opening match against USA 22-0 but they bounced back in emphatic fashion with a 50-0 win over Spain and 35-12 victory over Australia to advance to the quarter-finals...More
Regional Sevens tournaments this weekend
Domestic sevens kicks into action this weekend with Provincial Unions across the country taking the field at three regional sevens events. A total 36 men’s and women’s teams will compete at the Northern, Central and Southern Regional Sevens tournaments, with all three events. Up for grabs is qualification and seeding for the Bayleys National Sevens, hosted by Bay of Plenty in Rotorua on 13 and 14 January. Waikato host the Northern Regional Sevens; their men are defending champions and will be looking for back-to-back titles...More
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