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New Zealand Schools' and New Zealand Schools' Barbarians named
The New Zealand Schools’ and New Zealand Schools’ Barbarians teams have today been selected for their upcoming campaigns.Players have spent the past three days in a development camp at Massey University’s Sport & Rugby Institute in Palmerston North.New Zealand Schools’ Council chairman Garry Chronican has named the New Zealand Schools’ team which features six players from this year’s 1st XV national champions, Hastings Boys' High School. The New Zealand Schools’ team: Naitoa Ah Kuoi -  Wellington College Charles Alaimalo - Hamilton Boys' High School Sam Cooper - St Paul's Collegiate George Dyer - St Paul's Collegiate Leicester Faingaanuku -  Nelson College Devan Flanders-  Hastings Boys 'High School Taufa Funaki -  Sacred Heart College Cullen Grace  - Timaru Boys High School Tauterangi marie Kapea - Hamilton Boys' High School Shilo Klein - St Andrews College Lincoln McClutchie - Hastings Boys' High School Jeriah Mua - Hastings Boys' High School Etene Nanai - St Kentigern College Kini Naholo  -Hastings Boys' High School Fatongia Paea  - Sacred Heart College Abraham Pole  - Otago Boys' High School Isaiah Punivai -  Christs College Rivez Reihana -  St Kentigern College Humphrey Sheild  - Napier Boys' High School Joshua Southall -  St Patrick's College - Silverstream Quade Tapsell - Gisborne Boys' High School Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe - Hastings Boys' High School Danny Toala - Hastings Boys' High School Quinn Tupaea - Hamilton Boys' High School Tupou Vaa'i  - Wesley College Tamaiti Williams - St Kentigern College Coach Jason Holland said there were tough decisions to make in selecting the Schools team...More
U19 tournament Day 3 round-up
Above: The DJ Graham Player of the Tournament was awarded to Auckland A flanker Sione Talitui. Having debuted for the Auckland NPC team earlier this season he showed is experience and physicality throughout the tournament. Auckland and Counties Manukau have claimed the silverware at the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament after an action-packed week of competition. In the premiership division, Auckland A turned the tables on defending champions Waikato with a 30-17 victory to claim the Graham Mourie Cup after falling just short in 2016...More
Aisle be back: The Pumas and the Lions
Beauden Barrett runs out on to his home track in New Plymouth against the Pumas on Saturday. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography. More photos here Now this is a column of a Hurricanes fan, so stating the obvious, I won't be joining the ranks of the Beaudy haters. And boy have they starting coming out of the woodwork this season. Indeed, you would think that really, if we'd just had a different first-five, we'd have nailed the Lions series. And we'd be leading the Rugby Championship by now. Oh hold on, we are leading the Rugby Championship...More
Auckland start U19 tournament strong, Wellington gone
Auckland sent a strong message to the competition on day one of the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament, with a 71-5 victory over Manawatu in their opening match. They will face traditional rivals Canterbury in the Graham Mourie Cup semi finals, while defending champions, Waikato, have advanced and will play North Harbour in the other semifinal. Looking for a third consecutive Michael Jones Trophy title, Counties Manukau were pushed hard today by Otago, but secured a 15-13 victory to keep their title defence alive...More
National Top Four Preview
Above: Saint Kentigern College recently won the Auckland 1A title. Can they emulate Mount Albert Grammar School's win last year and win for the first time since 2012? The National Top Four First XV finals will be held at the Rugby Institute in Palmerston North this weekend. There are three competitions and a truckload of drama guaranteed. Schedule Friday 8th September                                                              Hine Pounamu Trophy – Girls 1st XV                                       10...More
National U19 Tournament Preview (including 10 players to watch)
Above: The two trophies to be won, the Michael Jones Trophy (left) for the bottom 8 Championship section and the Graham Mourie Cup for the top 8 Premiership division. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography  The fourth annual Jock Hobbs National Memorial U19 tournament kicks off at Owen Delany Park in Taupo on September 10 with semi-final day on September 13 and the finals on September 16th. The previous two winners of the of the Premiership Graham Mourie Cup section (Top 8), Canterbury and Waikato, are seeded second after losses in the regional seeding tournament...More
Top Four places decided
The 12 teams meeting in Palmerston North for the Top 4 Barbarians Schools Championship have been decided  These are: Boys: Hastings BHS v Saint Kentigern College and Hamilton Boys’ HS v Southland Boys’ HS Co-ed: Feilding HS v Rangitoto College and St Peter’s School v St Andrew’s College Girls: St Mary’s College v Southern Cross and Hamilton GHS v Southland GHS  Last week's preview below: Saturday is crunch day for those that are still standing in the chase for the National Top 4 places next week in Palmerston North...More
Aisle be Back: Women's World Cup and NPC Week two
I enjoyed three games of rugby this past weekend, but the Bledisloe only makes number 3 on the list.Number 1 by a big margin was the Women's Rugby World Cup final.What an excellent advert for the game. Male or female. Drama, lead changes, and of course, the right result.It was test match with what you want in a test. A clash of styles, and great intensity - and no clear ending until late in the piece.Especially enjoyable was the way the Black Ferns turned their perceived weakness on its head and made pick and go the key to unravelling the English...More
Heartland Championship starts this weekend
Heartland Championship fans will be in for a treat this upcoming season with a number of big names set to turn out alongside provincial stalwarts for another exciting edition of the competition. Former All Blacks Piri Weepu, Alby Mathewson, Regan King and Corey Flynn have been named to play for Wairarapa Bush, King Country, Mid Canterbury and West Coast respectively, bringing international experience to the Heartland Championship. For more view Draws & Results across the top of this page (use the Change Competition menu) New Zealand Rugby’s Head of Provincial Union Rugby Steve Lancaster said the inclusion of these players will add another layer of interest to a competition that holds a special place in the rugby calendar...More
Good Grace - Timaru Boys to Contest First UC Championship Final
“Schoolboy rugby is quite big in Timaru. Sometimes I get noticed by strangers on the street because Timaru is only a small place. We have a lot of support from the community and that’s awesome,” Cullen Grace responds when asked about the impact the success of the Timaru Boys’ High School First XV has had in 2017. On Saturday, Timaru will contest their first UC Championship final against defending champions Christchurch Boys’ High School at Rugby Park, Christchurch. Timaru has a genuine shot of winning having only lost narrowly to Boys’ High 17-22 in May...More
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