All Black Centurion Ma’a Nonu will return to the Blues for the 2019 Super Rugby Championship.The 36-year-old will bring his rugby career full circle in New Zealand, after playing for Toulon in the French Championship for three years.After deciding it was time to return to New Zealand with his wife Andrea and three children, the powerhouse midfielder has taken up a 12-month contract with the Blues, which will be his third stint with the Super club.
The Tawa College First XV finished their season on a high at Jerry Collins Stadium on Wedesday night, beating Aotea College 24-10 and won the Beard Trophy. Tawa College out scored Aotea four tries to two in wet conditions.
The Wellington Pride beat the Hawke's Bay Tuis 52-17 (eight tries to three) on a heavy field in Ashhurst on Saturday in a pre-season fixture. The Pride play the same side again this coming Saturday in Napier in the opening round of the Farah Palmer Cup Women’s NPC competition.
It’s a little over a fortnight until the New Zealand Barbarians National 1st XV Championships (Top 4) take place in Palmerston North. This weekend is a pivotal one in the race for those places, and we take a look at what’s left in each region. Read more here
The NZ Amateur Sports Association extends a cordial invitation to all interested in attending the first of its regional seminars, focusing on the role of amateur sport in the community.
On Wednesday, 26 September, an expert panel comprising Dr. Rachel Batty (from Massey University), Will Caccia-Birch (from Wellington Rugby) and Matt Reid (from the Hutt City Council) will consider the following questions.
- What does it take to create a successful community sports event?
- What are the challenges and pitfalls, and how can they be avoided or resolved?
- How can a community sports event’s success be measured?
The Wellington U19s beat the Hawke's Bay U19s 47-7 in their opening match of the Central Region Shield tournament on Sunday at Westpac Stadium. The Wellington U19s galloped to a 40-0 halftime lead and eased to victory in the second half.
St Mary's College beat Porirua College 44-15 to win the Wellington Schoolgirls title for the third consecutive year.
Video highlights of the final here
Thomas Waldrom is back home after a decade plying his trade in the UK and he has nothing to prove But the 35-year-old knows he still has a valuable job to do as he eyes up a season with the Wellington Lions in the Premiership section of the Mitre 10 Cup [National Provincial Championship]. Read more here
World Rugby has announced that Sir Bryan Williams (Ponsonby) is one of five legends of the game to be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame for 2018. The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the game of rugby throughout their careers, while also demonstrating rugby's character-building values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect. Crusaders Assistant Coach Ronan O’Gara will also be inducted alongside Williams, Liza Burgess (Wales), Stephen Larkham (Australia) and Pierre Villepreux (France). Williams is the 22nd New Zealander to be inducted, along with the 1888 New Zealand team.
For the first time since 2009, Horowhenua-Kapiti has won the Hurricanes Under 20 Cup, following a Round 3 victory by 49-7 over Poverty Bay in Palmerston North. n the other Round 3 match, Wairarapa-Bush defeated Wanganui by 31-15 following a strong second-half performance, propelling Wairarapa-Bush into Runner-Up position for the Cup. The final Tournament Placings were: Horowhenua-Kapiti (1), 14 points; Wairarapa-Bush (2), 10 points; Wanganui (3), 5 points; Poverty Bay (4), 0 points.
At the conclusion of this tournament, the Heartland U20 team was named. Read more here
The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by match officials (previously newspaper reporters) after each game.
points after one round of the 2018 Jubilee Cup (Poneke, Norths, OBU and Petone have a game in hand):
20 points: Greg Foe (Poneke)
14 points: Chase Tiatia (HOBM)
12 points: Josh Houston-Tupou (Upper Hutt Rams)
11 points: Luca Rees (Ories)
10 points: Glen Walters (HOBM)
9 points: Alex Dalzell (Wellington), Kalim Kelemete (Tawa), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths), Esi Komaisavaii (Norths), DuPlessis Kirifi (Norths), Jonathan Fuimoano (OBU)
8 points: Richard Judd (Pare-Plim), Tomasi Palu (OBU), Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Callum Harkin (Wellington)
7 points: Seven players on 7 points
2017 final points:
23 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
18 points: Lester Maulolo (Petone)
15 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United)
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