The U20s were mown down in the second half by the Junior Springboks on Monday morning in their U20 World Championship 3rd v 4th fixture. After leading 25-12, South Africa came back to win 40-30. France won the final. Read more here
Petone's Brad Shields is set to start at blindside flanker in Durban for England against South Africa in the second test in the wee small hours of Sunday morning. Read more here
The Northern United v Poneke Premier and Premier Reserve rescheduled games from last Saturday have been confirmed, the new time and dates being:
Ed Chaney Cup:Northern United v PonekeWednesday 20 June6:30pmPorirua Park #1
Jubilee Cup:Northern United v PonekeWednesday 20 June8:00pmPorirua Park #1
Greg Mullany (Old Boys University), Matt Mullany and Teara Henderson (both Johnsonville) and Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata, currently playing in France) are heading off to Rarotonga this coming weekend for camp and then on to Hong Kong to play in RWC qualifying matches. The Cook Islands will play home and away tests against Hong Kong, who recently beat Korea at to win the Asia Rugby Championship. The winner on aggregate will advance to November's four-team repechage tournament, with the repechage winner qualifying for next year's World Cup. Read more here
Old Boys University and former Wellington Lions halfback Tomasi Palu has drawn the curtain down on his career. He has retired on medical advice, after sustaining a neck injury in his team's Swindale Shield 12th round 45-50 loss his former team Northern United.
A complaint lodged by Petone on Friday alleging breach of two Poneke players’ eligibility in the Swindale Shield has been withdrawn.An independent committee of the Rugby Board convened on Saturday morning to hear the matter, which resulted in the Northern United v Poneke premier and premier reserve fixtures being deferred, whilst an outcome was sought on the complaint.The committee reserved its decision overnight; however, following a subsequent complaint brought by Poneke on Sunday, the committee found that the Petone club had also breached the player eligibility rules for playing an unregistered player in the Swindale Shield. As such, both clubs have now withdrawn their respective complaints and the matter is closed. Wellington Rugby will now work closely with the Northern United and Poneke clubs to reschedule yesterday’s deferred fixtures in the Jubilee and Ed Chaney Cups.
The Chiefs will host the Hurricanes on Hicks Park at the TSB Hub in Hawera, on Thursday 21 June. The two teams will be using this match as motivation to prepare for the business end of the Super Rugby season. The teams will then face off again in the final round of the Super Rugby competition on Friday 13 July in Hamilton. The game starts at 1pm on Thursday 21 June and entry is free.
Three years ago this week, Northern United and Wellington rugby lost one of its favourite sons, Jerry Collins, who died in a car accident in France. Rest in peace Jerry Collins - gone but not forgotten.
Acacia Te Iwimate (Petone) has been selected in a 33-strong Kiwi Ferns wider squad ahead of preparations for the Kiwi Ferns, Kiwis and Junior Kiwis triple-header to be held in Auckland on 13 October.
To view several new photo galleries from the weekend, and more being uploaded frequently, visit Photos across the top of this page.
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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