Forty six U17 players and their parents from their eight member Provincial Unions descended on Wellington on Sunday for their annual educational Development Camp. The regional representation of players in attendance on the day, was as follows: East Coast, 1; Poverty Bay, 9; Wairarapa-Bush, 3; Horowhenua-Kapiti, 1; Manawatu, 4; Wellington 13; Wanganui, 4; and Hawkes Bay, 9. The programme which focused on mental, physical and skills development, was professionally prepared and managed by Darren Larsen and Chris Stirling.
A possible Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders in Fiji on 29 May is on the cards next season. The game, a Crusaders home match, has to be moved out of Christchurch owing to a football tournament. Timaru and Nelson are two options as the venue, but media reports have it going to Suva’s 20,000 seat National Stadium. Watch this space
Tauasosi Tuimavave (Poneke) has today been named in Southland’s Sevens squad, to prepare for the South Island Regional qualifiers on 13 December and then the National 7s in the New Year.
Points awarded in the Jubilee Cup final were: 3 to Steven Bradshaw (HOBM), 2 to Chase Tiatia (HOBM) and 1 to Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata). The final Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition points table for 2014 is (note Hardham Cup players aren't awarded points in the second round):
22 points: Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
19 points: Chase Tiatia (HOBM)
15 points: Isaac O'Connor (MSP)
14 points: Vaea Fifita (Wellington)
12 points: Isaia Petelo (MSP)
11 points: James Proctor (Ories), Greg Mullany (OBU)
10 points: Parataiso Silafai-Leaanaa (HOBM)
9 points: Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Sam Blair (Tawa), Josh Hrstich (Petone), Tolu Fahamokia (Tawa), Greg Lealofi (Wainuiomata), Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata),
8 points: Nick Grigg (Petone), Fa'atonu Fili (MSP), Pau Halafihi (Ories)
7 points: Galu Taufale (Poneke), Taniela Manu (Upper Hutt Rams), Paulo Aukuso (Ories), Ardie Savea (Ories), Josh Robertson-Weepu (Wainuiomata)
6 points: 10 players on 6 points.
|Upper Hutt Rams||8||3||4||1||118||131||4||16|
|OBU Onslow Bunnies||8||0||7||1||86||178||5||5|
|OBU Onslow Spartans||8||0||6||2||43||208||2||2|