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31 July: Club Rugby tonight

For fans that can’t wait until tomorrow, there’s plenty of rugby tonight. Games at 7.45pm include:

  • Paris Memorial Trophy: Upper Hutt Rams v Johnsonville 
  • Ed Chaney/HD Morgan Memorial: MSP v Avalon (Evans Bay park), Upper Hutt Rams v Old Boys University (Maidstone), Ories v Johnsonville (Te Whaea)
  • Reserve Grade: Upper Hutt Rams v Johnsonville (Maidstone)
29 July: Lions v Lambs on Friday

A Wellington XV meets the Canterbury ITM Cup squad at Rugby League Park this Friday, kick-off 2pm. The Wellington team is:

Forwards: Leni Apisai (Northern United), Hunter Prescott (Oriental-Rongotai), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Marist St Pat's), Joe Apikatoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist), John Schwalger (Northern United), Reggie Goodes (Poneke), Hoani Matenga (Wellington), James Blackwell (Petone), Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Greg Foe (Poneke), Henry Stowers (Wainuiomata), Pau Halafihi (Oriental-Rongotai), Brad Shields (Petone).Backs: Frae Wilson (Wanuiomata), Adam Deck (Wellington), Jonathan Bentley (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United), Marvin Karawana (Wainuiomata), Shaun Treeby (Tawa), Tomasi Alosio (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Tu Umaga-Marshall (Tawa), Ambrose Curtis (Oriental-Rongotai), Sam McNicol (Petone).

28 July: Best and fairest winners found

The 2015 Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition will be shared by Tawa's TJ Fermanis and Wellington's Adam Deck. Neither these two, nor anyone that catch them, is playing in this weekend's Jubilee Cup final. See the updated list below on this page. Only Issac O'Connor (MSP), Fa'atonu Fili (MSP) and Wes Goosen (OBU) can move up to the minor placings after the final. 

27 July: New photo galleries added

Some new photo galleries have been added. See Photos above for these.

26 July: 100th game for Nua Fono-Hunt

Upper Hutt Rams first five-eighth Nua Fono-Hunt played his 100th Premier game for the club in his team's 44-16 Hardham Cup semi-finals win over Avalon on Saturday. A long serving player who has filled most positions in the backline in his time, also played a season for Petone in 2012. 

25 July: Milestones for Norths Women's players

Lekah Leti starts and plays her 50th game for the Northern United Women's team, while Sanita Levave will be coming off the bench for her 100th appearance in their Victoria Tavern semi-final against the Old Boys University Impalas today. 

24 July: Sopoaga surrounded by familiar faces in debut

Wellington College's latest All Black, Southland first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga, will travel to Ellis Park Sopoaga, 24, will travel to Ellis Park in the knowledge he is surrounded by familiar faces; halfback Aaron Smith plays with him at the Highlanders and Sopoaga was a team-mate of Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith when he lived in Wellington. Sopoaga and James Broadhurst are te only two newcomers in the All Blacks. Read more here

24 July: Broadhurst will debut for All Blacks

Taranaki lock James Broadhurst will make his debut for the All Blacks after being named in the starting XV against South African on Sunday morning (NZT). 

Broadhurst, who will become All Black number 1144, will start in the second row alongside Brodie Retallick in the side's second Rugby Championship match.

Lima Sopoaga will also make his debut as he comes in for Daniel Carter at first five-eighth.

23 July: Gard'ner chats with local paper after RS challenge

The Kapiti Observer had a chat with Wellington Axemen loose forward Sam Gard'ner after his great game for Horowhenua-Kapiti in last week's Ranfurly Shield loss to the Hawke's Bay Magpies. Gard'ner scored the game's opening try, converted by former Northern United player Perry Hayman. It was only at the end of the match that the Magpies pulled clear to win. Read more here

22 July: College clashes on Wednesday

Update: In a thriller, Bishop Viard won a thrilling Beard Trophy encounter defeating holders Tawa 21-17 with a last minute try.Wednesday sees two big College rugby clashes in Wellington. The St Patrick's Traditional takes centre stage in the afternoon when Silverstream hosts Town at 1.40pm with bragging rights and a bye in this weekends first playoff round at stake, while at Porirua Park at 6.30pm Tawa College defend the Beard Trophy against challengers Bishop Viard.

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Best & Fairest

Best & Fairest Week 19- 25th July

Billy Wallace competition Best & Fairest points competition pacesetters after the eighth round of the Jubilee Cup are (Hardham Cup players not allocated points in the second round):

18 points: Adam Deck (Wellington), TJ Fermanis (Tawa)
17 points: James So’oialo (Tawa)
14 points: Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Nick Grigg (Petone)
13 points: Joseph Scheres (Poneke)
12 points: Afa Fa’atau (Ories), Issac O'Connor (MSP)
11 points: Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM), Fa’atonu Fili (MSP), Whetu Henry (Ories), Wes Goosen (OBU)
10 points: Johnny Bentley (HOBM)
8 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Telea Seumanutafa (Tawa), Pati Gaualofa (Tawa), Lester Maulolo (Petone), Luke Campbell (OBU), Peniasi Tokakece (MSP)
7 points: Tyler Tane (Wainuiomata), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths),Ambrose Curtis (Ories), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington), Mitch Clarke (OBU),
6 points: Jordan Simpson-Hefft (Upper Hutt Rams), Api Naikatini (Norths), Valentine Meachen (MSP), Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), John Monu (Wainuiomata), Saimon Lomaloma (Ories), Greg Lealofi (Wainuiomata)
5 points:  Alexis Time (HOBM), Piri Parone (Petone), Galu Taufale (Poneke), Greg Mullany (Poneke), Sam McNicol (Petone), Frae Wilson (Wainuiomata), Greg Foe (Poneke), Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Danny Tusitala (OBU), Hilton Mexted (Wellington), Sam Faisandier (HOBM)

Featured Points Table
Jubilee Cup Premier 2015
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 7 7 0 0 198 120 2 30
Marist St Pats 7 5 2 0 198 180 3 23
Tawa 7 4 3 0 201 188 5 21
Ories 7 3 3 1 174 142 4 18
Wainui 7 2 5 0 148 167 6 14
Petone 7 3 4 0 152 214 2 14
HOBM 7 1 5 1 166 178 7 13
Wellington 7 2 5 0 171 219 2 10
Featured Points Table
Hardham Cup Premier 2 2015
  P W L D F A B Pts
J'ville 7 6 1 0 310 121 6 30
Upper Hutt Rams 7 6 1 0 265 133 5 29
Avalon 7 5 2 0 212 150 4 24
Poneke 7 4 3 0 244 121 5 21
Norths 7 3 4 0 175 189 5 17
Tawa 7 2 5 0 121 290 2 10
Pare-Plim 7 2 5 0 93 192 1 9
Petone 7 0 7 0 60 284 1 1
Featured Points Table
Victoria Tavern / Senior Women's Victoria Tavern Trophy 2015
  P W L D F A B Pts
Norths 4 3 1 0 160 48 5 17
Ories 4 4 0 0 173 44 4 20
OBU 4 2 2 0 85 114 2 10
Avalon 4 1 3 0 50 126 1 5
HOBM 4 0 4 0 39 175 2 2
Featured Points Table
Victoria Tavern / Senior Women's Senior Women’s 2015
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wainui 6 6 0 0 542 12 6 30
Poneke 6 4 2 0 241 152 4 20
Tawa 6 2 4 0 158 170 2 10
J'ville 6 0 6 0 15 622 0 0
Featured Points Table
Paris Memorial Trophy U21s 2015
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 13 12 1 0 462 83 10 58
Upper Hutt Rams 13 11 2 0 347 209 10 54
Norths 13 11 2 0 377 157 7 51
HOBM 14 10 4 0 329 204 11 51
Poneke 13 9 4 0 302 215 9 45
Petone 13 9 4 0 393 153 8 44
Marist St Pats 13 7 5 1 282 245 5 35
Wellington 13 7 5 1 215 216 5 35
Tawa 13 6 6 1 310 255 6 32
Wainui 13 5 8 0 180 285 6 26
Ories 13 3 9 1 228 282 8 18
J'ville 12 3 8 1 135 383 4 18
Pare-Plim 13 2 10 1 150 435 1 7
Avalon 13 0 11 2 134 398 6 0
OBU 13 1 8 4 72 396 1 0
Featured Points Table
Paul Potiki U85kg Div1 2015
  P W L D F A B Pts
Poneke 5 5 0 0 105 37 3 23
OBU Onslow Bunnies 6 4 2 0 144 60 4 20
Tawa 5 4 1 0 117 63 4 20
HOBM 6 3 3 0 73 81 2 14
Avalon 5 2 3 0 82 74 4 12
J'ville 6 2 4 0 128 135 2 10
Wellington 5 2 3 0 54 86 1 9
MSP Reds 5 1 3 1 51 100 1 5
Eastbourne 5 1 4 0 54 172 0 4
Featured Points Table
Johnsonville Centennium Cup 2015
  P W L D F A B Pts
HOBM 6 5 1 0 116 77 6 26
Petone 6 5 1 0 74 58 5 25
OBU 6 5 1 0 174 94 4 24
Stokes 6 5 1 0 115 31 3 23
Petone 7 4 3 0 53 94 4 20
Poneke 7 3 1 3 73 59 2 14
Norths 7 2 5 0 106 157 5 13
Marist St Pats 6 2 2 2 75 102 4 12
Marist St Pats 6 1 4 1 74 162 1 5
Tawa 7 0 1 6 3 29 0 0
Today In History
31 July 1982: Wellington and Petone share this year’s Jubilee Cup; Wellington winning its 10th club championship title and Petone’s its 32nd. In final round games today, Petone’s Allan Hewson scores 21 points in their 41-7 win over Avalon and the Murray Mexted led Wellington beat MSP 14-7. Elsewhere, Onslow are relegated – and will merge with Athletic and Karori in this off-season to form Western Suburbs.
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