Wellington Football club lock/flanker Vaea Fifita has been named as a standby player for the All Blacks for their end of year European tour. Read the squad annoncement here
Marist St Pat's will have new Premier coaches in 2017. The two-time beaten Jubilee Cup finalists have appointed former successful U85kg team coach and this year's Harper Lock Shield coach Andrew Robinson and former Cup winner and Hurricanes lock Bernie Upton who has spent this year on the OBU coaching staff. The pair take over from Ross Bond and Brendan Reidy. Read more here
Following the cancellation of last Saturday’s Satellite Sevens tournament, the local season has been re-jigged. The following dates are now in play:
View the Wellington and North Harbour teams in our Draws & Results section here
Oriental-rongotai supporter Bobby Gates, who passed away this week, was an ever vocal and loyal supporter of his Ories team, always on the sideline shouting for his team whenever his health allowed. Bobby will be forever missed and fondly remembered by all at the club and many in the Wellington club rugby community. He was a regular contributor to our website, making his support known on the Draws & Results pages each week.
The Wellington Football Club (The Axemen) are looking to appoint Head Coaches for both their Premier and U21 Colts teams for 2017. Premier Coach focused on forward play preferred. Building on their great success and growth over the last few years they are looking to go further and challenge for silverware in these two elite grades. Enquiries to Chairman, Jason Judd 021 280 2514 / email@example.com, or Club Captain, Walker Manaena 021 768 533 / firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 October.
The Wellington Lions will host North Harbour in their Men's NPC Championship semi-final next Saturday afternoon at Westpac Stadium. Top qualifier Otago host Bay of Plenty in the other in Dunedin on Friday night.
Salesi Rayasi (Upper Hutt Rams) will make his Lions debut on the left wing when Wellington play Waikato in the final round of their Men's NPC campaign at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
He is one of eight changes to the team that started against Taranaki last Sunday,in one of Wellington's worst ever losses. A product of St Pats Silverstream, Rayasi will follow in the footsteps of his father Filipe who represented Wellington on the wing as well as being capped 13 times for Fiji between 1994 and 1997. View the competiton Draws & Results here
The WRFU award nominess have been announced for 2016. For more read here
The trial breakdown laws introduced to domestic rugby this year have been red carded. New Zealand Rugby high performance referee manager Rod Hill confirmed the trial breakdown laws used in the Men's NPC have been dumped by World Rugby although there would not be a total return to the old laws around the breakdown. The trial involving six-point tries and two-point penalties, used in the Heartland Championship this year, has also been dumped. The big change at the breakdown is the ''fetcher'' will be allowed back into the game and there will be more of a breakdown contest. Read more here
The 2016 15s community rugby season draws to a close tomorrow with the Wellington Development side playing the final match of their campaign against Tasman Development. Kick-off at Jerry Collins Stadium at Porirua Park is at 12.00pm.
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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|Upper Hutt Rams||7||2||5||0||177||241||5||13|
|Marist St Pats||7||1||5||1||109||254||3||9|
|Marist St Pats||4||3||1||0||174||73||3||15|
|Upper Hutt Rams||4||0||4||0||20||216||0||0|
|Marist St Pats||8||2||5||1||144||217||3||11|
|Marist St Pats||9||7||2||0||211||160||5||33|
|Upper Hutt Rams||9||5||4||0||263||208||6||26|
|Upper Hutt Rams||8||0||5||3||71||179||3||5|