Everybody came away from the sold-out Dallison Park with something that they wanted from the Farmlands Grassroots Game Day in Waverley on Friday evening. With 'home' side the Hurricanes and the visiting Crusaders fielding virtually all of their stars for what amounted to two 40 minute games against separate XV's, opposing coaches Chris Boyd and Scott Robertson were able to confirm their regular starters should be the form players to begin the Super Rugby campaign this coming weekend. Read the rest of the community rugby summary by the Wanganui Chronicle here
New Super Rugby season, new opportunities for young players to impress in New Zealand. In looking at the five Kiwi teams, Marshall notes that 33 players will be making their debuts and looks at their chances. Read more here
Beauden and Jordie Barrett will combine for the first time in Hurricanes colours when they face the Crusaders in Waverley on Friday. The two Coastal club brothers are included in the Hurricanes' squad named on Thursday for their final pre-season match at the Border rugby club before they defend their Super Rugby title in 2017. Beauden and Jordie will start at first five-eighth and fullback respectively, with Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd welcoming All Blacks back to his team after reaching the semi-finals of last weekend's inaugural Brisbane Global Tens. TJ Perenara (Northern United) and Julian and Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) are back in the fold, but Hurricanes captain Dane Coles will not play in Waverley as he prepares for the coming season. Read more here
The Johnsonville Terrahawks are the inagural BLK U85kg Club Sevens winners. The Terrahawks defeated the Wellington Lightaxemen in the Cup final of the tournament that was organised and hosted by Wainuiomata at William Jones Park. Avalon won the Plate and the Upper Hutt Rams won the Bowl. UPDATE: Photos of the tournament here
At the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Incorporated’s Annual General and Special General Meetings held in Palmerston North on Wednesday 8 February, the following Officers and Officials were elected by the delegates representing the Council’s member Provincial Unions. President: Grant Gilbert (Hawkes Bay Rugby Football Union), Vice-President: Nick Reid (Manawatu Secondary Schools Rugby Board, Awatapu College), Chairman: Gordon Noble-Campbell (Hurricanes), Secretary: David Fa’atafa (Wellington Secondary Schools Rugby Union), Treasurer: Richard Henderson (Wellington Rugby Football Union). In addition to the above appointments, Grant Gilbert, Nick Reid and John Hornal (a Council Life Member and former Council President) were elected as the Council’s delegates to the New Zealand Schools Rugby Union.
Lots of interest around when the first round Premier Swindale Shield and Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield draws will be released, following the circulation of draft draws several weeks ago. Update: These are due out next week.
New Zealand's favourite rugby team, the Hurricanes, have reported that their membership has increased by 30 percent since they lifted the Super Rugby title last year. The defending Super Rugby champions will enter the 2017 season with at least 6,000 members after more than 1,400 additional fans joined the Canes Family during the off-season.
The opening salvoes of the 2017 Super Rugby season are fired today in Auckland when the Blues host the Hurricanes in their opening hit-outs of the year. The Hurricanes have named 32 players, with one team expected to take the field each half. Read more here
The Upper Hutt Rams team to contest this weekend's National Club Sevens tournament in Hamilton is: Upper Hutt Rams team: Hayden Schrijvers (captain), Max Pearson (vice-captain), Daniel Schrijvers, Mitchell Markov, Josh Hunt, Nash Fiso-Vaelei, Salesi Rayasi, Nua Fono-Hunt, Kaide McCashin, Colin Leilua-Toilolo, Joyner Key, Tafa Tafa.
How much did the media's barrage of negative press around the sevens hurt the tournament? The media, in particular our friends at the Dominion Post, went big on kicking the sevens from to go to woe this year. Appreciate they are not a propaganda machine, but their relentless negativty for hits and comments on their stories hasn't helped. Second, there were no more than 5,000 people inside that Stadium on Sunday (likely fewer), so who are they tricking by saying there were 10,000 on each day? Read more here
Billy Wallace Trophy points at the end of the 2016 season, after 22 rounds of the Swindale Shield competitions below. Note: Best and Fairest points are no longer given in Hardham Cup matches:
Congratulations to Peniasi Tokakece (2016 winner)
18 points: Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa)
16 points: Greg Foe (Poneke), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Tomasi Palu (OBU)
15 points: Wes Goosen (OBU)
14 points: Peter Umaga Jensen (Wainuiomata), Whetu Henry (Ories)
13 points: Pakai Turia (Poneke), James So’oialo (Wellington)
11 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Greg Mullany (Poneke), Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata), Matt Peni (MSP)
10 points: Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Peter Sciascia (MSP), Roy Kinikinilau (Ories)
9 points: Ben Peni (Avalon), Penijamini Nabanivalu (Wellington), Fa'atonu Fili (MSP), Randall Bishop (Tawa)
8 points: Perry Hayman (Norths), Pati Gaualofa (Tawa), Isaia Petelo (MSP), Sefo Aumua (Avalon), Finnbarr Kerr-Newell (OBU), Alex Dazell (Wellington), Issac O’Connor (MSP), Greg Lealofi (Wainuiomata)
7 points: Daven Candy (OBU), Grant Robson (Paremata-Plimmerton), James O’Reilly (HOBM), Waiariki Koia (Wainuiomata), Luke Tau’alupe (Ories)
6 points: Paddy Hughes (Wellington), Sean Hay (Ories), Levi Harmon (Poneke), Asafo Aumua (Avalon), Galu Taufale (Poneke), Mike Buckley (MSP)
5 points: James Ford (Wellington), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Jack Ross (Petone), Ope Peleseuma (HOBM), TJ Fermanis (Tawa), Josh Robertson-Weepu (Wainuiomata), Glen Angus (Wainuiomata), Pepesana Patafilio (Tawa)
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