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23 January: HSBC Sevens website and information

Looking for HSBC Wellington Sevens tournament draws, news and information? The official website is here 

22 January: Tomasi Alosio in Samoa Sevens squad

Hutt Old Boys Marist and former Wellington Lions centre Tomasi Alosio has been picked to make his second appearance at the Wellington Sevens next weekend in the Manu Samoa 7s squad. 

21 January: Investigation into TJ Ioane concussion likely to conclude

An investigation into English Premiership club Sale Sharks possibly breaching head injury management protocol is likely to be concluded next week.The probe follows an incident in Sale's Premiership clash against Harlequins on January 7, when Sharks' Samoa and former Old Boys University back-row forward TJ Ioane completed the match despite appearing to show signs of concussion in the first half.bIoane took a blow to the head while tackling Harlequins forward Dave Ward in the 30th minute of a 29-26 defeat at the Twickenham Stoop, groggily returned to his feet and remained in action until the final whistle. Read more here

19 January: St Mary's schoolgirl gets Sevens training contract

St Mary's College player Lyric Faleafaga has been awarded a NZRU Black Ferns Sevens training contract for the next year. Lyric was in the St Mary's team that won the National Condor 7s in Auckland in December and recently played for Wellington at the Nationals. She also played on the wing for the St Mary's 15s team that finished second at the Top Four in September. Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) has also been awarded a full contract for the year ahead. 

18 January: Samoa name 25-player squad for Brisbane 10s

Samoa has named its initial 25-player squad for the Brisbane 10s on 11 and 12 February. Read more here A group of well-known NZ club players were in the trial group at Apia Park earlier this week. 

15 January: Wellington teams bow out at National 7s

The Wellington men's side missed out to eventual winners Counties Manukau at the Cup semi-final stage of today's National 7s in Rotorua. Wellington led the Steelers outfit 12-5, but were mowed down late to settle for third place after defeating Tasman 14-10 in their Cup quarter-final. The Wellington women's team beat Otago 21-19 in the playoff for seventh/eighth, after sustaining a 10-26 defeat to Manawatu in their Cup quarter-final and being pipped 17-19 by Waikato in their Plate semi-final fixture. Full results here

14 January: Day One National 7s results

Day one results of the National 7s and the draw for the Cup quarter-finals can be viewed here Day Two coverage and tournament round-up published on Club Rugby on Sunday evening. 

10 January: Lions job a no-brainer says Gibbes

Chris Gibbes sounds like a man made for the job he's walking into. For the past four years he has been coaching Welsh team Ospreys, after leaving Waikato to gain more coaching experience overseas. It's when Gibbes talks about his role that you get the idea he is perfect for Wellington. "We've been in a dark place at times," Gibbes said, "but we've developed a young group of players here who are very exciting, and the club is in a trending upwards position." Read more here

10 January: Mathewson off to Bristol

Former Hastings BHS, Upper Hutt Rams and Wellington, Hawke's Bay, Auckland, Canterbury, Hurricanes, Blues, Force and All Blacks halfback Alby Mathewson is winging his way to England to link up with Bristol. Read more here

7 January: What are the new tackle laws and will they make a difference?

World Rugby’s new directives for punishing high tackles come into effect this weekend, but in truth they have left it up to coaches and players to figure out for themselves how to adapt. What is the law change, what has changed, why are they doing this now and what will it mean? Read more here

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Best and Fairest points - end of season

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)

Featured Points Table
Jubilee Cup Premier 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Marist St Pats 7 5 2 0 211 134 6 26
Tawa 7 4 3 0 150 124 3 19
Wainui 7 4 3 0 173 169 3 19
Ories 7 3 3 1 172 176 5 19
OBU 7 4 3 0 184 210 3 19
Poneke 7 3 4 0 174 160 6 18
Upper Hutt Rams 7 2 5 0 177 241 5 13
Wellington 7 2 4 1 142 169 1 11
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Hardham Cup Premier 2 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
HOBM 7 7 0 0 346 134 6 34
Norths 7 6 1 0 351 127 6 30
Petone 7 5 2 0 332 140 6 26
Pare-Plim 7 4 3 0 114 226 1 17
Avalon 7 2 5 0 225 206 8 16
Marist St Pats 7 1 5 1 109 254 3 9
J'ville 7 1 5 1 122 368 3 9
OBU 7 1 6 0 142 286 2 6
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Victoria Tavern / Senior Women's Victoria Tavern Trophy 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wainui 5 5 0 0 185 74 4 24
Ories 5 3 2 0 220 85 5 17
OBU 4 2 2 0 65 80 3 11
Norths 4 1 3 0 112 100 3 7
Avalon 4 0 3 1 11 254 0 0
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Victoria Tavern / Senior Women's Senior Women’s 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
HOBM 4 4 0 0 214 26 4 20
Marist St Pats 4 3 1 0 174 73 3 15
Poneke 4 2 2 0 119 103 3 11
J'ville-Tawa 4 1 3 0 79 188 1 5
Upper Hutt Rams 4 0 4 0 20 216 0 0
Featured Points Table
Johnsonville Centennium Cup 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Petone 8 8 0 0 275 127 8 40
Norths 8 7 1 0 287 119 7 35
OBU 8 6 2 0 273 97 7 31
HOBM 8 5 3 0 213 151 6 26
Poneke 8 4 4 0 151 177 2 18
Avalon 8 3 5 0 145 205 3 15
Marist St Pats 8 2 5 1 144 217 3 11
Petone 8 1 7 0 98 246 2 6
Tawa 8 0 8 0 89 336 0 0
Featured Points Table
John E Kelly Memorial Cup 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 9 8 1 0 344 112 8 40
Tawa 9 7 2 0 266 116 8 36
Marist St Pats 9 7 2 0 211 160 5 33
Ories 9 5 4 0 237 172 6 26
Upper Hutt Rams 9 5 4 0 263 208 6 26
Poneke 9 5 3 1 231 213 4 26
Norths 9 3 5 1 164 199 4 18
Wellington 9 3 6 0 158 275 1 13
J'ville 9 1 7 1 146 324 3 7
HOBM 9 0 8 1 79 320 2 2
Featured Points Table
Paul Potiki U85kg Div1 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Tawa 8 6 2 0 108 91 5 29
J'ville 8 5 2 1 215 103 6 28
Wellington 8 6 2 0 128 59 4 28
Eastbourne 8 5 1 2 177 112 1 25
Poneke 8 5 3 0 114 113 4 24
Avalon 8 4 4 0 151 114 4 20
OBU Bunnies 8 2 6 0 81 211 0 8
Horowhenua-Kapiti 8 1 6 1 106 169 3 7
Upper Hutt Rams 8 0 5 3 71 179 3 5
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