Three current and two former Old Boys University players have been selected as part of a 25-strong NZ Universities team that tours Japan later in April. The team plays a Japan East XV in Osaka and two games against against Kanto selections in Tokyo. The team contains many familiar players with ITM Cup, NZ U20 and NZ Schools experience. Current OBU players in the squad are Te Wehi Wright, James Waddel, and Ian Kennedy and former OBU players are,James Oliver (now Manawatu), and Kurt Davies (now Canterbury). For more go here
Otane's Kelly Graham runs out this coming Saturday for a Town-Country grade game against neighbours Central in Hawke's Bay club rugby for his 400th consecutive game for the team since 1992. This is believed to be a New Zealand record and to add extra significance to the feat his 18-year-old son Jaharlym, a lock-loosie, will be playing alongside him Read more here
The OBU Bunnies and Avalon are the first two teams to open the 2015 U85kg Restricted grade in Wellington this year, when they meet at Te Whaea on Wednesday night in a grading fixture. There are seven more grading games on Saturday. Details to come.
There are four new photo galleries to view in the Photos section above this page, these being:
Match reports of all seven Swindale Shield second round fixtures by the Dominion Post can be read here
Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara (Northern United) flew through to score the Hurricanes' only try of the first half as the Hurricanes trailed the Rebels 10-12 at halftime on Friday night. But four further tries, including one to Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) and 11 points off the kicking overall to Jason Woodward (Upper Hutt Rams) saw them home 36-12. Official Hurricanes match report here
Today in History returning soon in its own space on this home page. In the meantime, here are three events that occured today, 28 March, in Wellington club rugby:
1992: Defending Jubilee Cup champions Hutt Old Boys are set on their heels in the first match of the new season; going down 48-7 to MSP, halfback Elton Montcrieff scoring 24 points. Last year’s Cup runners-up Wellington lose to Poneke 15-9. Harlequins (now OBU), a merger of WCOB and University, make their Premier debut and beat Tawa 25-7.
1998: Upper Hutt open the new season with a 23-12 win over defending champions MSP. Upper Hutt score two intercept tries, first to wing Toetu Palemo after a break by No. 8 and captain Mike Robinson and the other to Robinson himself after an intercept and 60 metre run.
2009: The opening day of the 2009 season sizzles, as Petone and Poneke both impress with bonus point wins on a hot Gala Day held at Porirua and Trentham Memorial Parks. Petone lay down their title credentials with an 86-9 win over Avalon at Porirua and Poneke oust Northern United 34-19 at Trentham. Petone score 13 tries, including four to wing Fraser Middleton, while new representative players Daniel Ramsay and Charlie Ngatai star for Poneke.
Congratulations to Wellington Lions outside back Tau Mamea for playing his 100th Premier match today for Wainuiomata. Mamea scored the game's first try in his side's 44-5 win over Paremata-Plimmerton at Mary Crowther Park.
Interclub Trophies on the line in Round Two tomorrow include:
The 2015 Hurricanes region pre-season First XV has been confirmed. The Transit Coachlines series will run over three weekends in May, with a round each in Napier, Palmerston and Wellington. The draw is:
Several photo galleries from Saturday's Gala Day Wellington club rugby season opener at Trentham Memorial Park are now loaded. To view please visit Photos across the top of this page and select 2015 Swindale Shield.
Match reports from each of the seven opening round Swindale Shield matches in the Dominion Post are here
Billy Wallace competition Best & Fairest points after the opening two rounds of the Swindale Shield are:
6 points: Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Tyler Tane (Wainuiomata), TJ Fermanis (Tawa)
4 points: Fa’atonu Fili (MSP), Greg Mullany (Poneke)
3 points: Jordan Simpson-Hefft (Upper Hutt Rams), Ope Peleseuma (HOBM), Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM), Issac O’Connor (MSP), Whetu Henry (Ories), James So’oialo (Tawa), Joseph Scheres (Poneke), Jared Kahu (Petone), Thomas Fleming (OBU), Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Max Pearson (Upper Hutt Rams), Andrew Wells (MSP)
2 points: James Bowen (Petone), Louis Karl (Johnsonville), Birnie Taulealo (Wainuiomata), Luke Campbell (OBU), Tamati Samuels (Petone), Logan Blake (Avalon), Adam Deck (Wellington), Inoke Rasabale (Norths)
1 point: Josh Blackwell (Upper Hutt Rams), Konelio Feaunati (Norths), Kane Le’aupepe (Johnsonville), Tane McMillan-Parata (Paremata-Plimmerton), Shannon Bradbrook (Avalon), Jesse Johnson (OBU), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Wes Goosen (OBU), Greg Foe (Poneke), Valentine Meachen (MSP), Atilla Va'a (Wainuiomata)
|Marist St Pats||2||2||0||0||82||23||2||10|
|Upper Hutt Rams||2||1||0||1||75||53||2||8|
|Marist St Pats||2||2||0||0||93||23||2||10|
|Upper Hutt Rams||2||0||2||0||29||47||1||1|
The second round of the Swinale Shield is tomorrow. This week we have asked Hurricanes Youth Council Chairman and tomorrow's Saturday Rugby Club commentator at the Upper Hutt Rams- Petone match , Gordon Noble-Campbell, to make his picks. Gordon's picks for tomorrow are:
Last week Butch Phelan guessed correctly both the winning score and margin in two of seven matches:
Tawa to beat Paremata-Plimmerton by 13+ Correct
Petone to beat Oriental-Rongotai by 1-12 Incorrect (Petone 32-19)
Wainuiomata to beat Northern United by 13+ Incorrect (34-34 draw)
Hutt Old Boys Marist to beat Wellington by 13+ Incorrect (HOBM 37-36)
Upper Hutt Rams to beat Poneke by 1-12 Incorrect (35-35 draw)
Marist St Pats to beat Johnsonville by 13+ Correct
Avalon to beat Old Boys University by 1-12 Incorrect (OBU 31-14)