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19 December: Dominion Post: Va’a Head Coach
The Dominion Post has reported that Earl Va’a is the new Wellington Lions Head Coach. Va’a coached Scots College to their Maiden Wellington Premier 1 title this year before leading them to the final of the National Top Four where they were joint champions with Hamilton Boys’ HS. The former Samoan pivot, Petone Jubilee Cup winner and Wainuiomata player-coach also helped coached the Wellington Lions this year in the ITM Cup. Va'a said in a statement to the Dominion Post that it was an honour to receive the role and he looked forward to continuing his work for the Lions in a head coach capacity."Our biggest challenge is obviously to win the championship and go back up to the premiership. That goal is not only to satisfy us as players and coaches, but to honour the pride the whole Wellington community has in that emblem we pull on week in, week out. It will be a big challenge, but I'm looking forward to it and I know the staff and players will do all they can to get Wellington rugby back in the top tier." Wellington Rugby Union chief executive James Te Puni said the appointment had been a tough decision."He has come through the Wellington system and has been involved with the academy and Lions for a number of years. He's had a great season with Scots College this year, and we're really looking forward to working with him and his team as they set the target of winning the ITM Cup Championship." The remainder of the Lions coaching staff will be announced early in 2015.
17th December 17 December: Hurricanes U17 camp a success
17th December: 17 December: Hurricanes U17 camp a success

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.

15th December: 15 December: All Blacks Sevens up to third; Wellington draw made
The All Black Sevens team missed out to home side South Africa 17-26 in the final of the World Rugby Sevens tournament. In winning the tournament, South Africa (59 points) overtook Fiji (51) at the top of the table. New Zealand are now third (47), followed by Australia (46). Meanwhile, the draws for the next leg of the series in Wellington on 6 and 7 February has been made. New Zealand is Pool B with England, Canada and Papua New Guinea, whilst Australia and Fiji are grouped together in Pool C. 
8th December: 8 December: Central 7s photos
Visit Photos across the top of this page and then the '2014 Sevens Rugby' menu to view photos of the Central Region qualifying tournament that took place in Palmerston North on Saturday. 
5th December: 5 December: WRFU 2015 Academy intake and club allocation
Jarrod Adams - Wing/Centre (Petone); Patrick Fenika - Loose Forward (Northern United); Michael Findlay - Loose Forward (Marist St Pats); Kemara Hauiti Parapara - Halfback (Northern United); Lester Maulolo - Centre (Petone); Lui Okeamoa-Luamanu - Lock (Hutt Old Boys Marist); Pepe Patafilo - Centre (Tawa); Piri Paraone - First five-eighth (Petone); Anthony Pettett - Lock (Johnsonville); Joe Walding-Karaitiana - Hooker (Marist St Pats); Faraimo Nofoiaga - Wing (Tawa); Troy Mohr - Centre (Upper Hutt Rams); Morgan Poi - Prop (Old Boys University); Tj Va'a - First Five Eighth (Wainuiomata); Malo Tuitama - Centre/Wing (Oriental Rongotai).
4th December 4 December:  Fan-friendly Wellington Sevens
4th December: 4 December: Fan-friendly Wellington Sevens
Sevens organisers have introduced the following for the Sevens in 2015, to deliver a more fan-friendly event:

- A new ‘Food Alley’, offering an increased range of enticing food options
- A ‘refresh’ zone within the Stadium, providing fans with a change of scene away from the core festivities.
- Security teams and volunteers will be roving through the Stadium providing free water and assistance.
- A checkpoint to assess the patron intoxication, no pass-outs after 4.30 pm.
- Additional duty managers and security staff located at each food & beverage unit selling alcohol.
- A full range on non-alcoholic drinks will be available from all bar areas and water stations are located around the Stadium. 
 
Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketek.co.nz/sevens
1st December: 1 December: New photos added
Three galleries of Saturday's fourth annual Piri Weepu 7s tournament are now up. To view these please click on 'Photos' above and then select '2014 Sevens Rugby'. 
28th November: 28 November: Hurricanes to play in Fiji?

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

26th November 26 November: Sosi in Southland Stags Sevens
26th November: 26 November: Sosi in Southland Stags Sevens

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.

25th November: 25 November: Waldrom recalled to England squad
Thomas Waldrom (Avalon) has been brought into England's squad to play Australia this coming weekend. Waldom has been on fire so far this English season, helping his side the Exeter Chiefs to six wins from their first eight matches. 
24th November 24 November: Rugby mascots fail to fire
24th November: 24 November: Rugby mascots fail to fire
Worn out by a long season cheering on the Hurricanes and the Lions, Captain Hurricane and Leo the Lion both finished in the chasing pack in Sunday's inaugural Twenty20 competition Georgie Pie Super Smash Dash for Cash Mascot Race. The Saints basketball mascot, the Gorilla, won the event and earned $500 to donate to chosen charity Ronald McDonald House.
Changes afoot with Premier Coaches for 2015
Swindale Shield | 13 December 2014
 Successful year for local referees
Sevens Rugby | 11 December 2014
Draw format confirmed for 2015 Swindale Shield
Swindale Shield | 10 December 2014
One-Test All Blacks
Club Rugby | 08 December 2014
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Best & Fairest

Jubilee Cup Round Final points

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.

Featured Points Table
Victoria Tavern Trophy Women's 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Norths 7 6 1 0 281 40 7 31
Ories 7 6 1 0 426 54 6 30
Wainui 7 6 1 0 262 92 3 27
Avalon 7 4 2 1 201 131 3 19
OBU 7 3 4 0 203 114 4 16
Stokes 7 2 5 0 63 281 2 10
Tawa 7 1 6 0 17 467 1 5
Poneke 7 0 6 1 46 320 1 1
Featured Points Table
Paul Potiki U85kg Div1 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
MSP Blues 8 8 0 0 243 56 4 36
Tawa 9 8 1 0 174 77 4 32
Poneke 9 5 4 0 163 114 6 26
Waikanae 8 6 2 0 138 125 1 25
Eastbourne 8 4 4 0 135 155 4 20
Upper Hutt Rams 8 3 4 1 118 131 4 16
Avalon 8 2 6 0 58 114 5 13
OBU Onslow Bunnies 8 0 7 1 86 178 5 5
OBU Onslow Spartans 8 0 6 2 43 208 2 2
Featured Points Table
Jubilee Cup Premier 2005
  P W L D F A B Pts
Norths 3 3 0 0 67 35 1 13
Upper Hutt 3 3 0 0 62 38 0 12
Petone 3 2 1 0 70 46 2 10
Marist St Pats 3 1 2 0 73 78 3 7
Poneke 3 1 2 0 59 61 2 6
Tawa 3 1 2 0 53 81 1 5
Avalon 3 1 2 0 63 90 0 4
Wests 3 0 3 0 37 55 2 2
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