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21 April: Wellington players gunning for U20s

Eight Wellington players are among 41 hopefuls currently in Palmerston North bidding for selection in the NZ U20 team that is hosting the IRB Junior World Championship in June in Auckland. The final squad is being named on Wednesday. Wellington players in camp at the moment are: Dylan Hayes and James O'Reilly (both HOBM); Matt Peni (MSP); Eti Sului (Wellington);  Jackson Garden-Bachop and Aukuso Tuitama (both Norths); Wes Goosen (OBU); Tauasosi Tuimavave (Poneke)

Easter Monday matches

The fifth round of Premier Swindale Shield,  Senior 1 Harper Lock Shield and Senior 2 National Mutual Cup is today. For more visit Draws & Results across the top of this page.

20 April: Ories beat Norths in women's competition

In a replay of  last year's final, Ories dfeated Norths 26-24 in their seocnd round women's Fleurs Trophy match on the Polo Ground yesterday. To view photos of this game go here In other games, OBU defeated Stokes Valley 24-0 and Avalon ran out winners over Tawa 82-0.

16 April: Hurricanes Development pip Chiefs

The Hurricanes Development team edged their Chiefs counterparts 34-33 in Taupo this afternoon. The Hurrricanes side led 12-7 at halftime, but in a tight second spell, the lead changed hands a couple of times. The Chiefs got their noses ahead 19-17, but consecutive tries to the Hurricanes put them back in the lead and they held on. 

14 April Photo galleries added

Another several photo galleries have been added to the Photos section of this website above or http://www.clubrugby.co.nz/wellington/gallery/ covering Premier Swindale Shield, Senior 1 Harper Lock Shield and Fluers Trophy women's action. 

12 April: First XVs in action

A number of Wellington schools were in action today. In Wellington Hutt International Boys won 15-12 over Palmerston North Boys' High, while Naenae College went down 15-5 to touring side Samoa College, who lost 8-0 to Porirua College in inclement conditions on Thursday. Elsewhere St Pats Town beat Wanganui Collegiate 67-7, but Wellington College lost 19-14 to Hastings Boys. Yesterday, Scots College beat Nelson College 23-17.

3 April: International appointments for local referees

Congratulations to Mike Fraser, Garratt Williamson, and Ben O'Keeffe on their International appointments. Mike will take charge of another Test match in June. Mike will referee Canada v Scotland, as well as running touch for Argentina v Ireland.Ben has been selected as a Referee for the Junior World Cup to be held in Auckland this June.Garratt is on touch for two matches; Argentina v France, and Japan v Italy. Source: WRRA. Follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/wgtnrra  

24 March: News and contributions wanted

Please send us your news and contributions to share here with the wider rugby community. News and stories always welcome, long or short. Videos welcome for our new You Tube channel. We'll be showing a weekly Extra Time video in conjunction with Holden Bros. Media, but shorter clips of tries being scored and saved and great moments from around the grounds can all be shared here. Email: editor@clubrugby.co.nz

12 March: 2014 ITM Cup draw released

The Wellington Lions host the Waikato Mooloos at Westpac Stadium in their 2014 ITM Cup season opener on Saturday 16 August. This year’s ITM Cup semi-finals will be played in the weekend of 17 October, with the ITM Cup Championship Final on Friday 24 October and the Premiership Final on Saturday 25 October. Wellington's other home matches are against Manawatu (29 August), Tasman (21 September), Taranaki (5 October) and North Harbour (11 October).   

2014 Super Rugby fixtures

The draw for the 2014 Investec Super Rugby season has been released. To view the draw go here

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Best & Fairest

Round 4 points

The Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition points table after the fourth round of Swindale Shield matches on Good Friday is:

6 points: Filisione Koloamatangi (Tawa) Whetu Henry (Ories), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Parataiso Silafai-Leaanaa (HOBM)

5 points: Sam Blair (Tawa), Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams)

4 points: Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata), Josh Hrstich (Petone), Vaea Fifita (Wellington)

3 points: Galu Taufale (Poneke), Iakopo Tana (MSP), Paulo Aukoso (Ories), Issac O’Connor (MSP), Ardie Savea (Ories), Tolu Fahamokia (Tawa), Greg Mullany (OBU), Clint Dysart (Norths), Fa’atonu Fili (MSP), Dan Turner (MSP), Taniela Manu (UH Rams), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata),  Anaru Rangi (Upper Hutt), Genki Hasegawa (Norths), Augustine Escalona (OBU)

Featured Points Table
Swindale Shield 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Tawa 5 5 0 0 211 66 5 25
MSP 5 4 0 1 159 105 4 22
Upper Hutt Rams 5 4 1 0 137 105 2 18
Ories 5 2 2 1 135 95 3 13
Norths 5 3 2 0 87 120 1 13
OBU 5 2 3 0 121 107 3 11
Petone 5 2 3 0 113 133 3 11
Wainui 5 1 2 2 110 140 3 11
HOBM 5 2 3 0 119 151 3 11
J'ville 5 1 4 0 76 91 4 8
Poneke 5 1 4 0 81 133 1 5
Wellington 5 1 4 0 72 175 0 4
Featured Points Table
Harper Lock Shield 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Avalon 5 5 0 0 224 42 4 24
Upper Hutt Rams 5 4 1 0 133 115 3 19
Pare-Plim 5 3 2 0 134 84 5 17
MSP 5 3 2 0 109 81 5 17
Tawa 5 3 2 0 156 108 4 16
Petone 5 3 2 0 101 86 2 14
OBU 5 2 2 1 135 135 4 14
Norths 5 2 2 1 139 130 3 13
Ories 5 2 3 0 81 93 3 11
HOBM 5 2 3 0 114 105 2 10
Wainui 5 0 5 0 32 190 0 0
Wests 5 0 4 1 24 213 0 0
Featured Points Table
Fleurs Trophy 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Avalon 2 2 0 0 146 14 2 10
Ories 2 2 0 0 67 36 2 10
Norths 2 1 1 0 83 38 2 6
Stokes 2 1 1 0 54 24 1 5
OBU 2 1 1 0 36 41 1 5
Wainui 1 0 1 0 12 59 0 0
Poneke 1 0 1 0 14 64 0 0
Tawa 2 0 2 0 0 136 0 0
Featured Points Table
Premier 1 First XV 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Picks

Updated Pick the scores for Round 5 matches on Easter Monday

UK-based Russell has emailed through picking what he he thinks the results will be in tomorrow's fifth round set of matches. Not sure if its deliberate, but he's picked the home side to win all six matches on Easter Monday:

  • Wellington to beat the Upper Hutt Rams by 1-12
  • MSP to beat HOBM by 1-12
  • Tawa to beat Poneke by 13+
  • Ories to beat Johnsonville by 13+
  • Petone to beat Wainuiomata by 1-12
  • OBU to beat Norths by 1-12 (home game for OBU at Porirua Park)

Phil has suggested the following:

Wellington over Upper Hutt 1-12; MSP to bear HOBM by 1-12; Tawa to beat by Poneke by 13+; Ories to beat Johnsonville by 13+; Wainui to beat Petone by 1-12; OBU to bear Norths by 1-12

Today In History

21 April

1951: Poneke open their season with a 24-17 win over Hutt, the vigorous play of their forwards, led by No. 8 Jim Grbich, paving the way for victory. Elsewhere, University convincingly beat Marist Brothers Old Boys 11-3.

2001: An edge of the seat thriller as MSP beat Tawa 27-25. MSP lead 21-3 at the turnaround, but Tawa hit back and they take a 25-24 lead after Junior Togia scores. MSP work their way up field and wing James Reilly snaps the winning dropped goal with time almost up.

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