Four Wellington First XV players have been selected in NZ schools squads - two each from Wellington College and St Pat's Silverstream:
Former All Blacks and Marist St Pat's loose forward Victor Vito has been named the 2017 French Top 14 Player of the Year. Vito who plays for French Club La Rochelle was awarded Top 14 Player of the Year after being nominated. Vito who played 33 tests for New Zealand and eight seasons for the Hurricanes before joining La Rochelle last year, beat out fellow nominees Clermont centre Remi Lamerat and Lyon flanker Carl Fearns for the honour.
Wellington Football Club is seeking expressions of interest from Coaches and Managers for the 2018 season for multiple coaching and management positions. To find out more about the Axemen, visit their website or Facebook page www.wellingtonfootballclub.org.nz / www.facebook.com/WellingtonAxemen To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Club Captain, Walker Manaena or if you require any further information please contact:Walker Manaena Club Captain, Wellington Football Club email@example.com or Charlie Fuller Rugby and Coach Development Officer, Wellington Football Club firstname.lastname@example.org
North Harbour have announced the addition of Shaun Treeby to their Men's NPC squad. The 28-year-old Tawa midfielder was based in Capetown for much of the 2017 Super Rugby competition plying his trade for the Stormers, adding to his 50+ caps for the Highlanders, and 69 caps for the Wellington Lions. He said he can't wait. "Its great to be back in NZ, and the culture here is awesome. A great bunch of boys and looking forward to getting into it!"
49 secondary school rugby players have been selected to attend the three-day camp in late September and vie for places in the New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools teams. Wellington players chosen are: Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Taine Plumtree (both Wellington College) and Josh Southall and Kienan Higgins (both St Pat's Silverstream).
The Wellington U19s have missed out 27-30 to North Harbour in their opening match of the Jock Hobbs U19 tournament at Taupo on Sunday. The Junior Lions will now contest the Plate semi-finals (5th to 8th) in the second round on Wednesday, with finals day next Saturday.
Wellington representative results 9 September:
Wellington Pride lost to Manawatu Cyclones; 27 to 35 Wellington U18 Girls beat Tasman U18 Girls; 112 to 0 Wellington U16A beat Norths Academy; 85 to 5 Wellington U16 Development beat Wairarapa Bush U16A; 60 to 0 Wellington U13 lost to Auckland U13; 22 to 12 Wellington Samoan beat Wellington Maori; 24 to 23 Wellington Centurions lost to Hawkes Bay; 14 to 24 Wellington Samoan U18 beat Wairarapa Bush U18; 31 to 10 Wellington Centurions U18 beat Horowhenua Kapiti U18; 39 to 5
The inclusion of Petone flanker and captain Mateak Kafatolu, MSP prop Ha'amea Ahio and Poneke mifielder Levi Harmon are three of seven changes to the Wellington Lions for their next NPC match against Tasman on Sunday afternoon. Kafatolu and Marist St Pats prop Ha’amea Ahio have both been called up from outside the initial Lions squad. Harmon and Kafatolu are both in line to make their NPC debuts.
Wellington Axemen's Vaea Fifita will earn his first Test start in his second Test at blindside flanker while Northern United's TJ Perenara will earn his 36th in international rugby when the All Blacks take on Argentina in New Plymouth on Saturday night. Poneke's Dane Coles will also start at hooker and Oriental-Rongotai's Ardie Savea at openside flanker. The All Blacks have won 23 and draw one of their previous Tests with Argentina.
Co-captain Leighton Price's immediate playing future remains uncertain after Taranaki drafted in veteran Samoa international Kane Thompson as injury cover for the remainder of the national provincial rugby competition. Thompson played the 2017 season for Johnsonville in Wellington club rugby. Read more here
The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by Dominion Post reporters after each game.
Best & Fairest frontrunners after the Jubilee Cup final on 5 August (note that, along with First XV rugby, the Dominion Post doesn’t cover the Hardham Cup anymore, so just top 8 teams are awarded points in the championship rounds):
23 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
18 points: Lester Maulolo (Petone)
15 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United)
14 points: Cole Stewart (Poneke)
12 points: Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Andrew Wells (Marist St Pat's), Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa), Brandyn Laursen (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Joe ‘Apikotoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist)
11 points: Antony Fox (Northern United), Daven Candy (Old Boys University)
10 points: Mike Buckley (MSP), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington), Johnathan Fuiaomaono (Old Boys University)
9 points: Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Isaac O’Connor (Marist St Pat’s), Teariki Ben Nicholas (Old Boys University), Chris Middleton (Northern United), Jono Ihaka (Old Boys University)
8 points: Ben Peni (Avalon), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Dale Sabbagh (Old Boys University)
7 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Mike Ioapo (Northern United), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), Teegan Minkley (Old Boys University), James So’oialo (Tawa), Valentine Meachen (Marist St Pat’s), Will Mangos (Old Boys University)
6 points: Adam Deck (Oriental-Rongotai), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa), Nick Robertson (Poneke), James O’Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Hayden Whelan (Oriental-Rongotai), Paulo Aukuso (Oriental-Rongotai), Nick Harrison (Marist St Pat’s)
5 points: 13 players on 5 points
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