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 28 January: O’Keeffe to referee Super Rugby
28 January: O’Keeffe to referee Super Rugby

Congratulations to Ben O'Keeffe, who controlled last year's Jubilee Cup final between Wainuiomata and Hutt Old Boys Marist, has been promoted to the SANZAR referee squad for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

28 January: Wellington players to prepare for Sevens
Three Wellington players, Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams) and Ambrose Curtis and Lote Raikabula (both Oriental-Rongotai), have been named in the squad to prepare in next two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series; Sevens Wellington (6-7 February) and USA Sevens in Las Vegas (13-15 February). The team will be named on Monday 2 February.

27 January: Season opener for Hurricanes this weekend
The much-anticipated Hurricanes season opener is this Saturday at Eketahuna RFC against the Crusaders. The Hurricanes will take the field for the first time in 2015 in this pre-season match, followed by their second run of the year in Auckland next week and then their trip to South Africa to meet the Lions and the Bulls on the mornings of 14 and 21 February (NZT) respectively.  
24 January: Cullen to headline legends team in South Africa
Christian Cullen (Northern United) will be winging his way to South Africa to join other big names in the Legends team participating in the Cape Town 10s tournament on 6 and 7 February. Cullen’s teammates will include Carlos Spencer, former Springboks Bob Skinstad and Robbie Fleck (also co-founders of the tournament), James Dalton, Breyton Paulse and Butch James.  Former South African cricketers Graeme Smith and Justin Kemp will manage the Legends side. 
20 January: Collins laces up the boots again
Former Northern United captain and All Black loose forward Jerry Collins has signed with French second division club Narbonne. Collins, 34, last laced up his boots two years ago in Japan. Most recently he has working in the security industry in Canada. 
24th January  24 January: Schwalger ‘set to miss Hurricanes season’
24th January: 24 January: Schwalger ‘set to miss Hurricanes season’
The NZ Herald has reported that Hurricanes and Northern United prop John Schwalger will miss most of the upcoming Super Rugby. Schwalger missed the entire ITM Cup with Wellington with blood clots on his lungs. He recently contracted the flu and the clots returned. He has been ruled out of contact until June. "I was looking forward to jamming with the Hurricanes and playing with Ma'a [Nonu] one last time," Schwalger said."It sucks, to be honest. When I found out the second time I was close to breaking down but once I saw the specialist he gave me a bit of hope which is something for me to look forward to. So now we've got to have a plan that once I do come off the medicine and I'm all good, we've just got to get it sorted before it ever makes its way up to my lungs."
22nd January: 22 January: Whata-Simpkins gains full contract
Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) has gained a full contract with the New Zealand Women’s Sevens squad. Whata-Simpkins moves up this year from being a development squad member. All members of the New Zealand Women’s Sevens Squad will assemble for a camp in Mt Maunganui next week.  The team to travel to the second tournament on the World Series programme in Sao Paulo will be named on Thursday before the team flies out on Friday
20th January: 20 January: First photo gallery of year online
Visit Photos across the top of this page and then 'Sevens 2015' to view the first photo gallery put online for 2015. These photos have a national flavour to them, but include several involving the Wellington players and teams. 
17th January: 17 January: Wellington Men unbeaten on Day One
The Wellington Men completed Day One of the National Sevens tournament in Rotorua with a hat-trick of wins in Pool Play. Recovering from an early deficit in their first match they went on to beat Wairarapa Bush 35-10, North Harbour 27-12 and Waikato 35-5. The Wellington Women had three narrow defeats and one win. They lost to Canterbury 17-19, Bay of Plenty 14-19 and Manawatu 5-10 before beating Taranaki 17-7. 

Day Two draw: The Wellington women play Southland at 10.45 am in the Women’s Plate playoffs and the Wellington men meet Otago at 11.25 am in the Cup quarterfinals.
 
14th January 14 January: Thrush signs with Gloucester
14th January: 14 January: Thrush signs with Gloucester
2014 Jubilee Cup winning lock Jeremy Thrush has signed with English club Gloucester for the next northern season. Thrush will link up with his new club after the upcoming Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes and the Rugby World Cup. 
10th January: 10 January: Wellington Men’s team finish third at the Mount
The Wellington Men’s 7s team warmed up for the defence of their National title with a third placed finish in today’s Bay of Plenty Mount Maunganui 7s tournament. Wellington won two, drew one and lost one of their four Pool matches before holding off BoP 17-12 in their playoff for third, after leading 17-0 early in the second half. Auckland won the Men’s tournament, beating Counties Manukau 26-14 in the final.  Wellington’s Men’s results were: beat Waikato 26-0; lost to Counties Manukau 27-0; beat Northland 19-5; drew with Taranaki 14-14; beat BoP 17-12.

The Wellington Women’s team reached the Cup semi-finals of their side of the draw, losing to beaten finalists Canterbury 12-19 in their playoff match. Auckland won the tournament, defeating Canterbury 59-0 in the final. Wellington had previously lost to Auckland 26-5, beaten Waikato 33-0, and beaten BoP 19-5. 
9th January: 9 January: Le-Lo heading to Cardiff
2013 Marist St Pat's midfielder Rey Le-Lo is heading to the Cardiff Blues at the conclusion of the upcoming Super Rugby season. Lee-Lo, who recently made his Test debut for Samoa, is-returning to the Hurricanes and probably Wellington club rugby for a time in 2015 after an interlude at the Crusaders last year. 
8th January: 8 January: Former OBU duo making moves

Former Old Boys University players Jimmy Gopperth and TJ Ioane are making moves overseas. First five-eighth Gopperth, who also played club rugby for Petone and was twice the English Premiership’s top scorer whilst playing for Newcastle, is moving from his current home at Leinster to London Wasps to join Northern United’s Alapati Leiua and Ioane is moving from his Otago base to Sale on a short-term contract. Ioane hopes to cement his place in Sale’s set-up and earn a longer term contract. 

1st January: 1 January: Happy New Year
Happy New Year from the team at Club Rugby. 2015 promises to be a hugely exciting year of local, national and international rugby in Wellington and for Wellington players and teams, and we plan to cover it all. Want to be a part of it? We welcome unsolicited articles and news and story ideas. Please email editor@clubrugby.co.nz for more.
24th December: 24 December: 2005 Results now in website
A decade of results online (Jubilee Cup and Swindale Shield). Visit Draws & Results across the top of this page to view the 2005 season. Results, points tables, points and try scorers. Please note that in order to do this, we had to temporarily ‘archive’ the 2014 season but this will return shortly! Teamlists for these 2005 games are incomplete and names are listed as ‘TBC/TBA’ if unconfirmed. Did you play or referee in these games but your name is missing? Email editor@clubrugby.co.nz and you can be added to the records. 

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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
Jubilee Cup Premier 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
HOBM 7 6 1 0 159 127 2 26
Wainui 7 4 2 1 145 127 4 22
Marist St Pats 7 4 3 0 196 159 3 19
Ories 7 3 4 0 187 144 5 17
Upper Hutt Rams 7 3 4 0 148 198 4 16
OBU 7 3 4 0 155 159 3 15
Tawa 7 2 4 1 126 167 2 12
Petone 7 2 5 0 126 161 2 10
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
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