For the first time since 2006, Horowhenua-Kapiti’s Under 16 team will contest the final of the Saracens Cup in the Hurricanes U16 Tournament. Horowhenua-Kapiti will play the unbeaten Wellington Development team in the 2016 Division B Saracens Cup Final. In Division A, Manawatu will look to reverse their earlier round-robin loss, as they look to claim the Don Broughton Shield. Hawke's Bay and Poverty Bay in the play-off for third place in Division A.
The schedule of matches today is:
Robbie Fruean has linked with his old New Zealand coaches at English club Bath. He will move north once he completes his stint with Hawke's Bay in the NPC. Kiwi coaches Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson are making a rapid impression at Bath, who sit third on the English Premiership table with three wins and a loss from the opening month. Fruean is held in high regard by the coaching duo who returned him to the Crusaders in 2015 and 2016 after a deal with the Chiefs was blighted by illness. Fruean started with the Hurricanes in 2009.
Wellington Rugby and Losi Filipo have mutually agreed to the termination of his contract. Filipo today withdrew himself from the Wellington Lions 2016 Men's NPC squad in a move he hopes will go some way toward helping the victims of his assault move on with their lives. With support from his representative and the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association Filipo approached Wellington Rugby this afternoon seeking a release from his playing contract and, after discussions the parties agreed that the termination of his contract was the best outcome for all parties.
Tuesday's tournament results:
UPDATED: The Hurrcanes Youth Council U16 tournament is being played in Palmerston North this week. The Don Broughton Shield (Division A) and Saracens Cup (Dvision B) are the two prizes up for grabs for the Wellington A and Wellington Development teams.
Monday's results were: Division A (Don Broughton Shield): Wellington A - 45 Poverty Bay 3 and Manawatu 28 – Hawke’s Bay 22 Division B (Saracens Cup): Wairarapa-Bush 44 – Wanganui 8; Horowhenua-Kapiti 47 – East Coast 8; Wellington Development 62 – Hawke’s Bay Development
Northland's search for a Men's NPC win comes back to the last ground on which they tasted victory. They take on an in-form Wellington at Toll Stadium in what shapes to be a decisive fixture. Despite not registering a win so far in 2016, the Taniwha could still make the playoffs......all they need to do is simply win every one of their four remaining matches. That begins with a clash against Wellington who are running second in the Championship. They're coming off the back of a 24-10 win over Bay of Plenty, a side that beat Northland just two weeks ago 52-25. Read more here
The venues haven't been released yet, but the dates and opposition for the Hurricanes' 2017 campaign have been. Hurricanes fans can look forward to eight Investec Super Rugby home matches in 2017 as well as a fixture British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium - which should be against the Wellington Lions not a Super Rugby side. The Hurricanes will host three New Zealand derby matches - against the Highlanders (March 18), Chiefs (June 9) and Crusaders (July 15) and five inter-conference games. Other home games will include the Rebels (March 4), Waratahs (April 7), and the 2016 Australian Conference winning Brumbies (April 21) followed by the South African Conference winning Stormers (May 5) and the Cheetahs (May 20).
More photo galleries have added to the 'Representative' folder in the Photos section above. More to come.
Big brother Julian Savea has long known that little brother Ardie was destined to be something special. The signs were obvious from as far back as Julian can remember. What struck him as unusual was that there was a four-year age gap between them and yet Ardie would be out on the field with him every week when they were kids. "There wasn't a particular game but just the fact he kept playing on my team which was about three years older than what his age was," says Savea senior of when he first realised the talent his younger sibling possessed. read more here
Several well known players will take the field for Bay of Plenty this evening against the Wellington Lions. Former Wellington club players in the Steamers' line-up include Solomona Sakalia (MSP), James O'Reilly (HOBM), Shahn Eru (Wainui), Henry Stowers (Wainui), Luke Campbell (OBU) and Ruki Tipuna (Poneke). The match kicks off at the made for Sky TV unfriendly time for children to who are the next generation of fans to attend time of 7.45pm.
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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