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25 May: Co-ed Cup matches Wednesday

There are two First XV Co-ed Cup matches this afternoon. At 3.45pm Heretaunga College hosts Hutt Valley High School and at 5.30pm new Premier 1 school Bishop Viard College meets Aotea College in Beard Cup fixture at the Jerry Collins Stadium. 

25 May Women's NPC draw released
25 May: Women's NPC draw released

The Women's NPC has been renamed the Farah Palmer Cup in recognition of one of the most iconic figures in women’s rugby. New Zealand Rugby (NZR) today announced that with the support of competition sponsor Mitre 10, the Farah Palmer Cup will kick off under its new name on 6 August. A total of nine provinces – Auckland, North Harbour, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago - will vie for a claim on the inaugural Farah Palmer Cup title. Click here to view the full 2016 draw.

24 May: Silverstream v NPBHS on Wednesday

St Pat's Silverstream host New Plymouth Boys' High School on Wednesday in a friendly clash. Kick off to be confirmed. Both sides will see this as an important stepping stone to their competitons coming up, with Silverstream playing Bishop Viard College in their Wellington season opener on Saturday and NPBHS host Hamilton BHS at the Gully in their first Super 8 Fixture in a fortnight. 

23 May: New photo galleries added

Visit Photos above to peruse several new photo galleries from the recent weekend's club rugby in Wellington. 

20 May: Stadiums of the past: Athletic Park

The enduring memory most people have of Athletic Park is the Millard Stand, an uncovered, steepling, gravity-defying edifice that loomed over the suburbs of Berhampore and Newtown Those with longer memories, like commentator and author Keith Quinn, who grew up in the shadow of Athletic Park, say the truly iconic part of the stadium was the bleacher section the Millard Stand replaced when it was erected in 1961. Read more here

19 May: OBU Green Colts beaten

The Upper Hutt Rams Colts made it three in a row on Wednesday night, beating previously unbeaten OBU Green 20-10. Ories beat Petone 21-20 in the other fixture. OBU's loss to the Rams, without a bonus point, sees the Marist St Pat's Colts take a one-point lead after seven completed rounds of the Division 1 Paris Memorial Trophy. Leading points: MSP (29), OBU (28), Ories (27), Tawa (26),  Poneke (21) and the Upper Hutt Rams (15). 

18 May: Colts games tonight

There are two Colts Division 1 Paris Memorial Shield fixtures tonight under lights. These games are completing the played in advance ninth round set of matches that saw three encounters last Wednesday night. Fixtures tonight are OBU Green v Upper Hutt Rams at Fraser Park and Petone v Ories at Te Whaea. 

18 May Rugby News features Marist St Pat's
18 May: Rugby News features Marist St Pat's

The Rugby News magazine has a current feature on the Marist St Pat's club in Wellington. Read more here 

17 May Prescott to Manawatu
17 May: Prescott to Manawatu

Oriental-Rongotai hooker Hunter Prescott is heading to Manawatu this week to play club rugby up there for the rest of the season and try and crack the Turbos squad for the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup. Prescott joins Ambrose Curtis in Palmerston North. 

16 May: Whata-Simpkins France-bound

Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) is Wellington's representative in the New Zealand Women's Sevens team heading t France at the end of this month to compete in the final tournament of the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series. After finishing runners up in the last two tournaments in Atlanta and Langford, New Zealand is lying second on the points table on 64 points behind leaders Australia (76). England is third on 60 points. The team has been drawn in Pool B and faces Russia in the tournament’s opening match, followed by Japan and Canada

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Best & Fairest

Best & Fairest points Round 11, 21 May

Best and Fairest points after 11 rounds of 13 of the Wellington Premier Swindale Shield matches on 14 May are:

12 points: Greg Foe (Poneke)
10 points: Pakai Turia (Poneke)
9 points: Ben Peni (Avalon), Wes Goosen (OBU), Whetu Henry (Ories), Peter Umaga Jensen (Wainuiomata), Tomasi Palu (OBU)
8 points: Perry Hayman (Norths), Pati Gaualofa (Tawa), Isaia Petelo (MSP), Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Peter Sciascia (MSP), Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa),
7 points: Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Finbarr Kerr-Newell (OBU),Daven Candy (OBU), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata), Grant Robson (Paremata-Plimmerton), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Sefo Aumua (Avalon)
6 points:  Paddy Hughes (Wellington), Sean Hay (Ories), Levi Harmon (Poneke), Asafo Aumua (Avalon)
5 points: James So’oialo (Wellington), Greg Lealofi (Wainui), Issac O’Connor (MSP), James Ford (Wellington), James O’Reilly (HOBM), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Jack Ross (Petone), Ope Peleseuma (HOBM), Penijamini Nabanivalu (Wellington)
4 points: Ray Treviranus (Poneke), Luke Tau’alupe (Oriental-Rongotai), Marvin Karawana (Wainuiomata), Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM),James Bowen (Petone), Fa'atonu Fili (MSP), Matt Peni (MSP), Mike Ioapo (Northern United), Tynan Barrett (Upper Hutt Rams), Waiariki Koia (Wainuiomata)
3 points: 43 players on three points

Featured Points Table
Swindale Shield 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 11 10 1 0 344 214 8 48
Ories 11 9 1 1 434 196 7 45
Wellington 11 7 4 0 354 246 9 37
Marist St Pats 11 7 4 0 340 258 9 37
Poneke 11 7 4 0 357 207 7 35
Wainui 11 6 5 0 338 264 11 35
Norths 11 7 4 0 326 289 7 35
Tawa 11 6 5 0 327 224 6 30
Upper Hutt Rams 11 5 5 1 317 306 7 29
Petone 11 3 8 0 250 281 10 22
HOBM 11 3 7 1 301 307 7 21
Avalon 11 4 6 1 208 323 2 20
Pare-Plim 11 1 10 0 143 376 0 4
J'ville 11 0 11 0 122 670 2 2
Featured Points Table
Fleurs Trophy 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Norths 8 8 0 0 401 29 7 39
Ories 8 7 1 0 444 43 7 35
Wainui 8 6 2 0 372 68 8 32
OBU 8 6 2 0 369 144 5 29
Avalon 8 4 3 1 265 153 3 19
HOBM 8 3 5 0 205 197 4 16
Marist St Pats 8 3 4 1 205 258 3 15
Poneke 8 2 6 0 190 425 2 10
J'ville-Tawa 8 1 5 2 53 452 1 5
Upper Hutt Rams 8 0 8 0 42 777 2 2
Featured Points Table
Harper Lock Shield 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Marist St Pats 11 10 1 0 435 179 10 50
Petone 11 8 3 0 373 230 8 40
Poneke 11 8 3 0 358 292 7 39
OBU 11 7 4 0 327 236 7 35
Tawa 11 6 4 1 405 233 8 34
HOBM 11 6 5 0 326 234 9 33
Upper Hutt Rams 11 6 4 1 359 219 6 32
Norths 11 6 5 0 365 208 6 30
Wainui 11 5 6 0 308 312 6 26
Wellington 11 5 6 0 278 282 6 26
Pare-Plim 11 3 8 0 224 361 6 18
Ories 11 3 8 0 219 361 5 17
Avalon 11 3 8 0 245 491 3 15
J'ville 11 0 11 0 93 677 0 0
Featured Points Table
85kg Restricted JC Bowl 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Tawa 8 7 1 0 137 72 3 31
Wellington 7 6 1 0 175 43 4 28
Avalon 7 5 2 0 129 60 5 25
J'ville 7 5 2 0 188 105 4 24
OBU Bunnies 7 3 3 1 128 121 3 17
Eastbourne 7 2 5 0 82 125 2 10
HOBM 7 1 5 1 108 193 2 8
Poneke 7 1 6 0 75 174 2 6
Stokes 7 1 6 0 58 187 1 5
Featured Points Table
Thompson Memorial First Grade 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 7 7 0 0 216 88 5 33
Norths 7 6 1 0 271 136 6 30
Poneke 7 5 2 0 148 98 3 23
HOBM 7 4 3 0 195 150 7 23
Petone 7 4 3 0 169 141 5 21
Marist St Pats 8 2 6 0 180 278 5 13
Tawa 7 2 5 0 66 186 3 11
Avalon 6 1 5 0 86 166 2 6
Petone 7 1 5 1 85 173 0 4
Wainui 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Picks

Not a pick the score... but a CLUB XV OF THE WEEK. As selected by Wellington Lions Head Coach Earl Va'a. For the round on 21 May: 

1 Finnbarr Kerr Newell (OBU)
2 Junior Makapelu (OBU)
3 Whetu Henry (ORIES)
4 Karl Dumelow (ORIES)
5 Chris Middleton (NORTHS)
6 Josh Toomaga (MSP)
7 Tobias Allen (WGTN)
8 Luke Taualupe (ORIES)
9 Tomasi Palu (OBU)
10 Piri Paraone (PETONE)
11 Salesi Rayasi (UHR)
12 Peni Nabainivalu (WGTN)
13 Malo Tuitama (ORIES)
14 Tuga Mativa (ORIES)
15 Jackson Garden Bachop (NORTHS)

Today In History
25 May 1996: Northern United snatch a last-gasp 27-26 win over Harlequins to maintain their bid to make the Jubilee Cup round. Halfback Josh Loughnan scores the winning try. Another halfback, John Clarke, scores a hat-trick for Wests in their 23-13 win over Poneke
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