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