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NZ Provincial Barbarians confirm squad
The New Zealand Provincial Barbarians have extended their squad to face the Lions in their tour opener. The final selection includes several changes from the original team announcement last month, with a number of players involved in Investec Super Rugby action. Experienced campaigner Dwayne Sweeney comes into the midfield, alongside former All Blacks Sevens player Sam Vaka. Sweeney has signed for Waikato in 2017 and is set to add to his 77 provincial caps already earned for the Mooloos. “It’s great to see provincial players make the step-up to Super Rugby and put in some impressive performances,” said coach Clayton McMillan...More
   NOBM win Hawke’s Bay first round competitions
The Napier Old Boys Marist club is top of the pile in the Hawke’s Bay. One of the dominant teams in New Zealand club rugby at present, NOBM cruised to the first round Premier Nash Cup title yesterday with a 39-10 win over Napier Pirate and Sports. The NOBM Reserves won the second tier first round Pratt Trophy yesterday as well, while their Colts also won their first round title. The club was also celebrating winning the Hawke’s Bay Grassroots Club of the Year at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards...More
Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Crusaders review and Cheetahs preview
So it was a case of Down Trou Monday, and not-so-bad Tuesday. Were you, too, baffled by some of the comments out of the Canes camp? The team got a fair bit of a roasting in media at the start of the week;  a reflection of the general gloom about the Canes getting well beaten by a Crusaders side with a tough pack, in your face defence, and a ruthless mindset. On reflection, some of that flagellation was a bit overdone. It was an  eight-point loss, the defence held up well under considerable pressure,  and the turnover rate was enough to give us ball to play with and win...More
Coastal on top halfway through Taranaki club rugby competition
Coastal finished top of the first round of Taranaki premier rugby, but Tukapa are breathing down their necks in second. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography. Coastal have taken out the Brian Duffy Memorial Trophy after claiming top spot at the halfway point of Taranaki Premier club rugby with just the one loss to their name in seven matches. However, just nine points separate top and bottom place as points are halved and rounded up to ensure the bottom of the table teams are still in with a chance of making the play offs...More
Two new caps in Black Ferns squad
Two new players have been selected in the Black Ferns squad for next month's International Women’s Rugby Series. Auckland's Theresa Fitzpatrick and North Harbour's Rebecca Wood are the two new faces. Centre Fitzpatrick has played the last three seasons for Auckland and has also previously represented the Black Ferns sevens, while Lock Wood played all seven matches for North Harbour in her debut Farah Palmer Cup campaign last year. he Black Ferns take on Canada, Australia and England in the home series in the lead-up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland in August...More
Fresh faces in Canterbury squad for first Ranfurly Shield defences
A 31-man squad has been selected for Canterbury's upcoming Ranfurly Shield defences against Wanganui and Mid Canterbury. Canterbury’s first challenge will be from Meads Cup winners Wanganui, on 21 June, with kick off scheduled for 7:35pm at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Should Canterbury retain the Ranfurly Shield against Wanganui, Mid Canterbury will then challenge on 4 August, with that match set for a 2:30pm kick off from Ashburton Domain. “We have named an exciting squad to kick off our 2017 season, with a mixture of returning talent and 19 players in the side who are yet to make their first-class Canterbury debut, " said new Head Coach Glenn Delaney These players have impressed the coaching group for their respective clubs this season and we look forward to giving them the opportunity to wear the red and black jersey...More
New Zealand Club Rugby round-up for 6 May
Club rugby competitions are well advanced across the country. First round winners were found in North Harbour (East Coast Bays) and Manawatu (Varsity), while other competitions are on or approaching their halfway points. New Zealand Club Rugby results (National Provincial Championship provinces) for 6 May at a glance below. For Heartland Championship club rugby results read here NorthlandOtamatea 34 - Hikurangi 12Mid Northern 22 – Hora Hora 17Kamo 27 – Waipu 18Wellsford 45 – Mid Western 16Old Boys Marist 26 – Western Sharks 19 Old Boys Marist continued their unblemished record with their eighth straight bonus point win of the season, against third placed Western Sharks...More
 NZ U20s trounce Australia in Oceania Cup decider
New Zealand: 43 (Luke Jacobson 2, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Will Jordon, Tamati Tua, Tom Christie; Tiaan Falcon 5 con, pen) Australia: 6 (Harry Nucifora 2 pen) New Zealand have successfully retained the Oceania Under 20-Championship trouncing a woeful Australia 43-6 at Bond University on the Gold Coast. Australian rugby is stuck in a deep mire. The hosts hardly fired a shot against a New Zealand team who bombed at least two tries with poor handling and played raggedly in the final quarter. Halfback Harry Nucifora opened Australia's account with an early penalty, but the New Zealand forwards soon gained the ascendancy and blindside Luke Jacobson and lock Isaia Walker-Leawere bullied their way over for converted tries to make it 17-6 after 20 minutes...More
New Zealand Amateur Sport Association formed
Club Rugby is supporting a new organisation that has been established by well-known sporting names and community leaders to promote and support amateur sport in New Zealand. The amateur ethos is the true essence of all sport: playing for the fun, enjoyment, and social aspects in a spirit of healthy competition and strengthening communities. The overwhelming majority of New Zealanders’ participation in sport is centred around amateur clubs and based on amateur values. A decision was made to form The New Zealand Amateur Sport Association at a meeting on Wednesday 26 April 2017...More
NZ U20 team named for Oceania tournament opener
The New Zealand team to play Fiji in the first Test of the Under 20 Oceania Tournament on the Gold Coast tomorrow, April 28 at 7pm NZT, has been named. The team is:   1 Harrison Allen   - Canterbury2 JP Sauni - Auckland3 Ryan Coxon - Waikato4 Jacob Pierce - Auckland5 Sam Slade  - Auckland    6 Dalton Papalii (VC) - Auckland7 Tom Christie - Canterbury8 Luke Jacobson (C)   - Waikato9 Kemara Hauiti Parapara - Wellington    10 Tiaan Falcon  - Hawke’s Bay11 Jona Nareki - Otago12 Orbyn Leger - Counties Manukau13 Tamati Tua  - Northland14 Tima Faingaanuku  - Tasman    15 Will Jordan  - Tasman   16 Asafo Aumua Wellington17 Tim Farrell Hawke’s Bay18 Pouri Rakete-Stones  - Hawke’s Bay19 Isaia Walker-Leawere - Wellington20 Adrian Choat  - Auckland  21 Carlos Price - Wellington22 Ciarahn Matoe - Taranaki23 Caleb Clarke - AucklandNote: Robb Cobb has travelled with the Under 20 squad to the Gold Coast as a replacement for Alex Fidow who injured himself just prior to the team’s assembly...More
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