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23 April: Wellington players in U20s

Wellington players Tauasosi Tuimavave (Poneke), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United), Matt Peni (Marist St Pat's) and James O'Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist) have been selected in the 28-player NZ U20 squad for the IRB Junior World Championship in 2014. 

MSP has profiled Matt Peni here

23 April: St Pat’s First XV competing for Holley Shield

First competed for in 1921 between the First XVs of St Pat’s Town Wellington and St Bede's College Christchurch and later involving St Pat’s Silverstream, the Holley Shield is on the line when St Pat’s play St Bede’s College this Friday. It’s been 73 years since St Pat’s last held the Holley Shield (in 1941), and 41 years since St Pat’s last played St. Bede’s (in 1973). Currently the Shield is held by St. Bede's. St Pat’s also play Marlborough Boys’ College at Landsdowne Park in Blenheim on Sunday

22 April: Lower grade and women's draws

This coming Saturday's men's competitive lower grade and Premier Women's draws are available. Two view second round Colts Division 1 and U85 kg restricted and third round Fleurs Trophy draws to the Draws & Results section above.

22 April Photo galleries added

Another several photo galleries have been added to the Photos section of this website above or http://www.clubrugby.co.nz/wellington/gallery/ covering Premier Swindale Shield and Senior 1 Harper Lock Shield and 

3 April: International appointments for local referees

Congratulations to Mike Fraser, Garratt Williamson, and Ben O'Keeffe on their International appointments. Mike will take charge of another Test match in June. Mike will referee Canada v Scotland, as well as running touch for Argentina v Ireland.Ben has been selected as a Referee for the Junior World Cup to be held in Auckland this June.Garratt is on touch for two matches; Argentina v France, and Japan v Italy. Source: WRRA. Follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/wgtnrra  

24 March: News and contributions wanted

Please send us your news and contributions to share here with the wider rugby community. News and stories always welcome, long or short. Videos welcome for our new You Tube channel. We'll be showing a weekly Extra Time video in conjunction with Holden Bros. Media, but shorter clips of tries being scored and saved and great moments from around the grounds can all be shared here. Email: editor@clubrugby.co.nz

12 March: 2014 ITM Cup draw released

The Wellington Lions host the Waikato Mooloos at Westpac Stadium in their 2014 ITM Cup season opener on Saturday 16 August. This year’s ITM Cup semi-finals will be played in the weekend of 17 October, with the ITM Cup Championship Final on Friday 24 October and the Premiership Final on Saturday 25 October. Wellington's other home matches are against Manawatu (29 August), Tasman (21 September), Taranaki (5 October) and North Harbour (11 October).   

2014 Super Rugby fixtures

The draw for the 2014 Investec Super Rugby season has been released. To view the draw go here

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Best & Fairest

Round 5 points

The Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition points table after the fifth round of Swindale Shield matches on Easter Monday is:

6 points: Filisione Koloamatangi (Tawa) Whetu Henry (Ories), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Parataiso Silafai-Leaanaa (HOBM), Isaac O’Connor (MSP), Vaea Fifita (Wellington)

5 points: Sam Blair (Tawa), Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams, Greg Mullany (OBU)

4 points: Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata), Josh Hrstich (Petone), Nick Grigg (Petone), Corey Lawrence (Johnsonville)

3 points: Galu Taufale (Poneke), Iakopo Tana (MSP), Paulo Aukoso (Ories), Ardie Savea (Ories), Tolu Fahamokia (Tawa), Clint Dysart (Norths), Fa’atonu Fili (MSP), Dan Turner (MSP), Taniela Manu (UH Rams), Ben Tupuola (Wainui), Anaru Rangi (UH Rams), Genki Hasegawa (Norths), Augustine Escalona (OBU), Pati Gaualofa (Tawa), Apa Heemi (UH Rams), Adam Vardey (Northern United), Tau Mamea (Wainui), Henry Stowers (Wainui)

Featured Points Table
Swindale Shield 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Tawa 5 5 0 0 211 66 5 25
MSP 5 4 0 1 159 105 4 22
Upper Hutt Rams 5 4 1 0 137 105 2 18
Ories 5 2 2 1 135 95 3 13
Norths 5 3 2 0 87 120 1 13
OBU 5 2 3 0 121 107 3 11
Petone 5 2 3 0 113 133 3 11
Wainui 5 1 2 2 110 140 3 11
HOBM 5 2 3 0 119 151 3 11
J'ville 5 1 4 0 76 91 4 8
Poneke 5 1 4 0 81 133 1 5
Wellington 5 1 4 0 72 175 0 4
Featured Points Table
Harper Lock Shield 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Avalon 5 5 0 0 224 42 4 24
Upper Hutt Rams 5 4 1 0 133 115 3 19
Pare-Plim 5 3 2 0 134 84 5 17
MSP 5 3 2 0 109 81 5 17
Tawa 5 3 2 0 156 108 4 16
Petone 5 3 2 0 101 86 2 14
OBU 5 2 2 1 135 135 4 14
Norths 5 2 2 1 139 130 3 13
Ories 5 2 3 0 81 93 3 11
HOBM 5 2 3 0 114 105 2 10
Wainui 5 0 5 0 32 190 0 0
Wests 5 0 4 1 24 213 0 0
Featured Points Table
Fleurs Trophy 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Avalon 2 2 0 0 146 14 2 10
Ories 2 2 0 0 67 36 2 10
Norths 2 1 1 0 83 38 3 7
Stokes 2 1 1 0 54 24 1 5
OBU 2 1 1 0 36 41 1 5
Wainui 2 1 1 0 12 59 1 5
Poneke 2 0 1 1 14 64 0 0
Tawa 2 0 2 0 0 136 0 0
Featured Points Table
Premier 1 First XV 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Picks

Updated Pick the scores for Round 5 matches on Easter Monday

UK-based Russell has emailed through picking what he he thinks the results will be in tomorrow's fifth round set of matches. Not sure if its deliberate, but he's picked the home side to win all six matches on Easter Monday:

  • Wellington to beat the Upper Hutt Rams by 1-12
  • MSP to beat HOBM by 1-12
  • Tawa to beat Poneke by 13+
  • Ories to beat Johnsonville by 13+
  • Petone to beat Wainuiomata by 1-12
  • OBU to beat Norths by 1-12 (home game for OBU at Porirua Park)

Phil has suggested the following:

Wellington over Upper Hutt 1-12; MSP to bear HOBM by 1-12; Tawa to beat by Poneke by 13+; Ories to beat Johnsonville by 13+; Wainui to beat Petone by 1-12; OBU to bear Norths by 1-12

Today In History

23 April

1955: Petone, having dropped their star first five-eighth Jackie Dougan, look the goods in beating WCOB 34-8 in today’s season opener. University beat Wellington 20-10 and Marist defeat St Pat’s Old Boys 21-5 in the ‘battle of the Irish’. Soon-to-be champions Onslow struggle past Athletic 6-5.

1994: After trailing 8-18 at halftime, Johnsonville come storming back to beat previously unbeaten Avalon 24-23, while Tana Umaga scores twice in Petone’s 56-21 win over Tawa and Poneke No. 8 Paolo Savelio scores a second half hat-trick in his side’s 55-13 win over Wainuiomata.

1998: Northern United spring a major Swindale Shield surprise, beating MSP 13-10 in this midweek fixture under lights at the Hutt Rec. Norths lead by the final score at halftime and hold on throughout the second half. Hooker George Ape scores their only try and halfback Glynn Ford kicks the extras.

2003: All Black Pita Alatini scores a stunning 40-metre individual try for Norths in a big midweek 13-5 victory over Poneke under lights. The sixth round win propels Norths towards their maiden title, while Poneke lose their first match of the year.

2006: OBU end a 19-game Swindale Shield in losing streak in style by thrashing Western Suburbs 52-17 at Ian Galloway Park and consigning Wests to their previously occupied wooden spoon position on the points table. In another surprise thrashing, Tawa run in seven tries to beat defending Jubilee Cup champions Petone 46-21.


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