The inaugural GJ Gardner World Schools Sevens pilot event will take place next Saturday in Auckland. The boys teams are Australia, NZ Condors, NZ Maori, NZ Fijians, Samoan Barbarians and the Cook Islands. The girls teams are Australia, NZ Condors, NZ Wasps, Samoan Barbarians. The Wellington players in the NZ teams are: NZ Maori - Grayson Whitman (St Patricks Town). NZ Condors Boys - Billy Proctor (St Patricks Town). NZ Condors Girls - Chyene Copeland (St Marys College), Ayesha Leti-iga (Porirua College), Lyric Faleafaga (St Marys College), Dhys Faleafaga (St Marys College), Monica Tagoai (St Marys College and Ainsleyana Puleiata (St Marys College)
The Avalon Rugby Club is now seeking a new Club Development Officer that has recently been left vacant by the departing Scott Waldrom who has gone on to coach the New Zealand 7’s team. To succeed in this role you will need to have a proven track record of being able to self-manage, have the ability to think on your feet and have a sound knowledge of rugby at grass roots level and beyond. For a full Job Description and responsibilities please contact Glenn Kennedy by either emailing email@example.com or calling him on 021 973522. The vacancy closes at 5:00pm on Friday 16 December 2016.
St Pat'S Town and NZ Secondary Schools centre Billy Proctor will play for Marist St Pat's in 2017 after being allocated to the club through the Wellington Rugby Academy programme. Billy has been one of the standout players in the very successful St Pat's rugby programme over the past few years and has played in a number of representative sides. Most recently he was named to train with the Wellington Men's Sevens team. He has just completed his final tournament with the college at the Condor 7s in Auckland where he was named in the tournament team. Read more here
The Wellington Axemen enjoyed a good day out at the Napier Old Boys Marist Invitational 7s on Saturday, reaching the Cup semi-finals. The Axemen beat the Havelock Fijians, Napier Pirate and Hastings Rugby and Sports to win our pool and make the cup semi-finals. They then lost that semi 19-14 to the Taranaki 7s compeitions winners, the Southern Sharks. Poneke won the bowl, Napier Pirate won the Plate, NOBM went on to win the cup. The next tournament for the Axemen and other Wellington clubs is the Hawke's Bay Club 7s on 18 February.
New photo galleries of this weekend's 2016 Weepu 7s tournament can be viewed at Photos across the top of this page. Look out for our Condor 7s galleries next weekend and then the Central Regional 7s qualifying tournament on 10 December.
TJ Perenara (Northern United) has been selected to start at halfback for the All Blacks in their final Test of 2016, against France in Paris this Sunday morning at 9.00am (NZT). Dane Coles (Poneke) and Julian and Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) are the other Wellington players in the 23 for this international. The All Blacks will be hunting their 44th win in their 57th Test against France.
Jackie Patea (Wainuiomata) has been called into the Black Ferns as an injury cover replacement for their final two tour matches in Dublin, Ireland, against Canada and Ireland.
Battered hooker Dane Coles (Poneke) will be wary of France after thrashing them in the World Cup quarter-final just over a year ago, at the end of a long season. Read more here
The Wellington Mens and Women's teams finished runners-up to Bay of Plenty sides at last weekend's Auckland 7s tournament, with Hayden Schrijvers (Upper Hutt Rams) the men's MVP, Esi Komaisavai (Northern United) the men’s top try scorer and Ayesha Leti’Iiga (Oriental-Rongotai) the women's top try-scorer. Read more here
The Wellington sevens team won all three of their matches on day one of the Auckland 7s on Saturday. Wellington beat Bay of Plenty 19-14, North Harbour East 26-12 and Northcote 14-0. The men's crossover matches and women's competition resumes on Sunday.
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|
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|Upper Hutt Rams||9||5||4||0||263||208||6||26|
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