Visit Photos across the top of this page to view images of Saturday's Super Rugby pre-season fixture between the Hurricanes and the Blues at Eketahuna.
The Hurricanes meet the Crusaders this coming Friday in Blenheim in their third and final pre-season fixrure ahead of the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season. Tune into 1161AM from 4.30pm.
The Blues pulled clear for a comfortable 40-12 win over the Hurricanes at Eketahuna today in their community pre-season fixture. Scores were 7-7 at halftime, but with new combinations tried and several injuries sustained, the Hurricanes couldn't keep pace with the Blues. Hooker Leni Apisai (Northern United) and wing Julian Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) were the Hurricanes try-scorers. This follows a 0-28 defeat to the Western Force. The Hurricanes have one further pre-season fixture, this coming Friday in Blenhei against the Crusaders.
You might look at the Hurricanes' pre-season clash with the Blues in Eketahuna on Saturday and think bore, joke, chore, public-relations charade or hiding to nothing. Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara sees something rather different. Read more here
View days one and two photos of the National Sevens tournament that was held at Wainuiomata over the weekend by visiting Photos above.
The Hurricanes full squad will travel to play the Blues at the Eketahuna Rugby Club thisSaturday, in their second pre-season Super Rugby hit-out. The match kicks off at 3.00pm. Tickets for the Super Rugby pre-season game are available through PGG Wrightson Stores and at Tui HQ, SH2, Mangatainoka. Prices are $40 for GA and $130pp for Corporate Tickets. Tickets also available online at www.tui.co.nz. Kick-off is at 3pm. If the game is not sold out prior, gate sales will be available. More details of the match published here later this week.
The day Nene Va'alepu took on prop Reg Goodes sticks out in Henry Smith's mind. Va'alepu, Northern United's centre, came up against the hulking Poneke prop during a club match a few years back and Smith, his captain, said there was no chance the much slighter man was going to give way. "Nene was one of the smallest guys out there, but he had the biggest heart," Smith recalled. "To him, it didn't matter how big they [opponents] were and Reg Goodes was pretty big. Nene muscled up and put him backwards. It gave everyone a huge lift." Read more here
Wellington's Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) is off toFlorida and Sao Paulo with the New Zealand Women's Sevens side. The team departs for a training camp in Florida on Sunday 7 February. The players will also travel to Rio de Janiero to familiarise themselves with the Olympic host city before heading to Sao Paulo,the venue of the second tournament of the year on 20-21 February.
Super Rugby's governing body Sanzaar announced a number of changes - including one to its own name. Sanzar is now Sanzaar - the extra 'a' signifying Argentina's entrance into the Southern Hemisphere alliance and they also confirmed the controversial bonus point system will change when the competition gets going. Teams will now need to score three more tries than the opposition to get a bonus point, A losing bonus point will, however, still be up for grabs if teams finish within seven of their opposition. For more read here
Former assistant coach Sam Rasch has been appointed Director of Rugby at high profile Wellington school Scots College. Former leading Wellington Premier club rugby first five-eighth and current Wellington Sevens assistant coach Rasch takes over from Japanese bound Filo Tiatia. Read more here
Billy Wallace competition Best & Fairest points competition pacesetters after the ninth and final round of the 2015 Jubilee Cup are (Hardham Cup players not allocated points in the second round):
18 points: Adam Deck (Wellington), TJ Fermanis (Tawa)
17 points: James So’oialo (Tawa)
14 points: Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Nick Grigg (Petone)
13 points: Joseph Scheres (Poneke)
12 points: Afa Fa’atau (Ories), Issac O'Connor (MSP)
11 points: Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM), Fa’atonu Fili (MSP), Whetu Henry (Ories), Wes Goosen (OBU)
10 points: Johnny Bentley (HOBM)
8 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Telea Seumanutafa (Tawa), Pati Gaualofa (Tawa), Lester Maulolo (Petone), Luke Campbell (OBU), Peniasi Tokakece (MSP), Valentine Meachen (MSP)
7 points: Tyler Tane (Wainuiomata), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths),Ambrose Curtis (Ories), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington), Mitch Clarke (OBU),
6 points: Jordan Simpson-Hefft (Upper Hutt Rams), Api Naikatini (Norths), Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), John Monu (Wainuiomata), Saimon Lomaloma (Ories), Greg Lealofi (Wainuiomata)
5 points: Alexis Time (HOBM), Piri Parone (Petone), Galu Taufale (Poneke), Greg Mullany (Poneke), Sam McNicol (Petone), Frae Wilson (Wainuiomata), Greg Foe (Poneke), Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Danny Tusitala (OBU), Hilton Mexted (Wellington), Sam Faisandier (HOBM)
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