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Sky to broadcast fewer College games in 8th season
Sky Television’s Rugby Channel has nearly halved its coverage of 1st XV rugby matches this year but the main rivalries will still be broadcast. In its eighth season covering school and college matches from around the country lead by Ken Laban, Willie Lose and Karl Te Nana, only 26 matches will be televised by the pay-to-view network compared to 49 from last year. The likely reason for the decrease in coverage could be due to the Lions series in June and July which will put a strain on resources...More
Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Brumbies and the Lions squad naming
Let the red tide start flooding. Yes the British and Irish Lions squad was announced overnight. With 41 players, it can't be accused of being small. Only three shy of Sir Clive's infamous 2005 squad.   That provides plenty of depth for a tough tour - on the other hand, there may be some Lions who barely get out of the enclosure. Let's hope they enjoy the other aspects of touring.  On paper it looks a strong outfit, but we kind of knew that was coming. What we don't know and they don't know, is how they will compare to the All Blacks...More
 Easter Weekend New Zealand Club Rugby results
New Zealand Club Rugby results (National Provincial Championship provinces) for Easter weekend below For Heartland Championship club rugby results read here Northland Northland Premiership results from the Easter round Horahora 27 - Hikurangi 20Mid Northern 50 - Mid Western 7Western Sharks 37 - Waipu 0OBM 48 - Wellsford 5Kamo 35 Otamatea 29 North Harbour Silverdale won their third straight match, beating previously unbeaten Northcote, while defending champions Massey over-ran minnows Mahurangi...More
 New Zealand Universities team named for internal tour
The New Zealand Universities selectors this week selected their side for their upcoming New Zealand tour. A 23-man squad has been selected for the two-match tour, against the Bay of Plenty Wasps on Tuesday 25 April (Anzac Day) at Blake Park in Mt Maunganui and against a Kanto XV on Saturday 29 April at Waikato Stadium. This second fixture is a curtain-raiser to the Chiefs versus Sunwolves Super Rugby match. The side will be captained by Canterbury halfback Jack Stratton, who has played two seasons with the red and blacks and is a NPC and Ranfurly Shield winner...More
Wyatt Crockett set to be most capped Super Rugby player
Above: Wyatt Crockett playing against the Hurricanes in 2014. Photo credit: Dave Lintott Photography. Crusaders front row stalwart Wyatt Crockett will set the Super Rugby appearance record when he runs out against the Sunwolves at his home ground of AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday for his 176th start.   Crockett’s 176th Super Rugby appearance surpasses Keven Mealamu’s record of 175 set in 2015, and adds to his growing list of milestones which include being the most capped Crusader in history, holding the most Super Rugby caps for the same team, and having the world record for the most consecutive Test wins...More
NZ Provincial Barbarians squad for opening match of Lions Series named
Above: Tolu Fahamokioa playing for his Tawa club side last weekend. Photo: Jun Tanlayco  All corners of New Zealand are set to be represented when the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians open the British & Irish Lions Series 2017 on 3 June in Whangarei. Provincial Barbarians Coach Clayton McMillan has today named the core of the squad for the series opener, which features an exciting mix of players from 15 different provinces. All Men's NPC Unions and Heartland Championship and Meads Cup Champions Wanganui are represented with veteran skipper and Barbarians Club member Peter Rowe, set to add to his already impressive rugby CV...More
Big Picture Flyer - Vince Aso
It is 2011 and the last minutes of the annual St. Peter's College versus Auckland Grammar School grudge match are desperate. St. Peter's are narrow leaders and grimly defending their tryline from a determined Grammar assault. Vince Aso is 16 years old, confident and relaxed. St. Peter's coach James Bentley is the total opposite. "Our captain Patrick Tuipulotu was screaming at our guys not to give away any stupid penalties. I started to chime in 'strongly encouraging' the boys to make their tackles,” Bentley explains...More
 New Zealand Club Rugby results for 8 April
New Zealand Club Rugby results (National Provincial Championship provinces) for 8 April at a glance below. For Heartland Championship club rugby results read here   Northland – Southern Districts Premiers Hikurangi 17 - Waipu 16Hora Hora 30 - Otamatea 13Mid Northern 29 - Wellsford 24OBM 53 - Kamo 8Western Sharks 40 - Mid Western 5 North Harbour – Round Two Massey 20 – Marist 6East Coast Bays 46 – Mahurangi 7 Silverdale 26 – North Shore 17Northcote 33 – Takapuna 31Glenfield 27 – Kumeu 24 Auckland - Premier Round One Pool ACollege Rifles 27 – Eden 17Waitemata 22 – Manukau 10Suburbs 53 - Papatoetoe 13Mt Wellington – Bye Pool BEast Tamaki 46 – Waitakere City 7Grammar Tec 23 – Otahuhu 22Pakuranga 31 – Ponsonby 13Auckland University 58 –Marist 23Suburbs - Bye Counties Manukau – McNamara Cup Pukekohe 45 - Papakura 7Bombay 23 - Ardmore Marist 24 (Counties Power Cup Holders)Manurewa 74 -Te Kauwhata 7Patumahoe 28 - Onewhero 27Karaka 53 - Waiuku 10 Bay of Plenty Tauranga Sports 33 - Whakarewarewa 16Te Puna 58 - Greerton Marist 0Mount Maunganui 37 - Rotoiti 17Te Puke Sports 43 - Whakatane Marist 7 Paroa 27 - Rangataua 20Arataki 58 - Poroporo 31 Waikato Hautapu unbeaten on maximum points after two rounds of the Premier competition...More
Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Waratahs
Since this is a column about the Hurricanes, let's avoid talking about them for a while.  No, I'd rather discuss how this weekend we will see the Koru Club game. The only time I've been in the KC is when something bad has happened and it's recompense.  So this weekend's KC game is the Highlanders hosting the Blues. Whoever loses will have four losses clocked up - and that is probably enough to put them too far back to contemplate anything other than a very hard finals footy road.  It's not quite the departure lounge...More
 Bullying his way to the top: Ngani Laumape
New Zealand teams are 8-0 against their Australian counterparts in 2017 and the Hurricanes hope to extend that winning record on Friday night when they host the Waratahs at the Westpac Stadium. Ngani Laumape is familiar with Aussie adversaries. He played 30 games and scored 11 tries for the Warriors in the NRL. The Warriors are hardly as successful as the Hurricanes. What's the biggest difference between the two clubs? "I enjoyed my time at the Warriors. They are down at the moment, but they will be back," Laumape responded...More
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