The Dominion Post covers Tuesday's seventh round of Swindale Shield matches, plus Best & Fairest points. Read more here
Dominion Post: A Stokes Valley player faces judicial action before the Wellington Rugby Union after allegations of serious violence marred a club rugby match against Johnsonville at the weekend. One witness – a Johnsonville Mighty Cripples supporter who wanted to remain anonymous – claimed Stokes Valley players invaded the pitch at Newlands on Saturday afternoon after a Johnsonville player was kicked in the head. Read more here
The Dominion Post was at the sixth round of club rugby on Saturday. Read match reports from all seven Premier matches here
Watch video highlights of the Hurricanes versus Brumbies Super Rugby fixture in Napier on Friday night, won by the Hurricanes 56-21, here
An opinion piece by Patrick Holden on why it's important to support club rugby, on the sideline and in the clubrooms, relavent to all clubs. Read more here
Wellington's rugby fans can get a midweek fix of First XV rugby on Thursday at Petone and Kilbirnie. St Pat’s Town host Christchurch’s St Bede’s College on at Evans Bay Park, where they will be defending the Fr. Paul Kane SM Challenge Cup. Kick-off 1pm (TBC). The annual pre-season Hope Cup involving Hutt Valley schools is at the Petone Rec. Teams competing include the HIBS First XV, Naenae College First XV, Upper Hutt College First XV, Taita College First XV and the St Pat’s Silverstream First XV.
The Black Ferns Sevens team to play the fourth leg of the 2016/17 HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series in Kitakyushu, starting this Saturday, has been named. This is the first time an HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series tournament has been held in Japan and helps serves as preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where rugby sevens will feature. Read more here
St Mary’s College player Lyric Faleafaga joins the Black Ferns Sevens team for the first time this weekend and will experience the international tournament environment in the travelling reserve role. Black Ferns Sevens Head Coach Allan Bunting said: “This is about Lyric’s development plan, she’s young, has special talent and at 1.8 meters tall has real height. We’re really excited about her future so it’s all about giving her experiencing in the international tournament environment and personal growth for her.” Kat Whata-Simkins is the other Wellington player in the team. Read more here
he final squad for the Oceania Under 20 tournament on the Gold Coast starting on 28 May has been confirmed with former New Zealand Secondary Schools representatives Thomas Umaga-Jensen and Ciarahn Matoe joining the squad and Waikato's Luke Jacobson the captain. Read more here
Visit Photos above for several new photo galleries from the weekend's club rugby around Wellington. More being loaded early this week.
The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by Dominion Post reporters after each game.
Best & Fairest frontrunners after round 7 of the Swindale Shield:
11 points: Antony Fox (Northern United)
8 points: Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
7 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Hemi Fermanis (Tawa)
6 points: Adam Deck (Oriental-Rongotai), Lester Maulolo (Petone), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams)
5 points: Will Mangos (Old Boys University), Sam Coventry (Old Boys University), Peter Sciascia (Marist St Pat’s), Alex Ropeti (Oriental-Rongotai), Mike Buckley (Marist St Pat’s), Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist)
4 points: Andy Ellis (Oriental-Rongotai), Brandyn Laursen (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Fereti Soloa (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Sam Wasley (Upper Hutt Rams), Telea Seumanutafa (Tawa), Parekura Lalaga (Northern United), Andrew Wells (Marist St Pat’s), Paulo Aukuso (Oriental-Rongotai), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa).
The 2016 frontrunners were:
18 points: Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa)
16 points: Greg Foe (Poneke), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Tomasi Palu (OBU)
15 points: Wes Goosen (OBU)
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