Avalon's Kat Whata-Simpkins will be Wellington's sole representative in rugby at the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The squads are:
Men: Tim Mikkelson (Waikato), Scott Curry (Bay of Plenty), Dylan Collier (Waikato), Sam Dickson (Canterbury), Trael Joass (Tasman), Vilimoni Koroi (Otago), Andrew Knewstubb (Tasman)
Sione Molia (Counties Manukau), Kurt Baker (Manawatu), Joe Webber (Bay of Plenty), Regan Ware (Bay of Plenty), Ngarohi McGarvey-Black (Bay of Plenty) Travelling reserve: Caleb Clarke (Auckland)
Women: Portia Woodman (Counties Manukau), Stacey Waaka (Waikato), Shakira Baker (Waikato)
Sarah Goss (Manawatu), Ruby Tui (Bay of Plenty), Theresa Fitzpatrick (Auckland), Tyla Nathan-Wong (Auckland), Kat Whata-Simpkins (Wellington), Kelly Brazier (Bay of Plenty), Gayle Broughton (Bay of Plenty), Niall Williams (Auckland). Michaela Blyde (Bay of Plenty), Travelling reserve: Tenika Willison (Waikato)
View Photos above for a selection of galleries of first round Swindale Shield matches. New galleries added regularly.
Can't make the opening round of club rugby at Upper Hutt today?
Head to Evans Bay Park at 1.00pm to watch the Hurricanes Development side take on the Blues Development team.
Local players in action are: Asafo Aumua (Avalon),Jeff Toomaga-Allen (MSP), Du'Plessis Kirifi (Northern United), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United), Billy Proctor (MSP), Chase Tiatia (HOBM), James O'Reilly (HOBM), Pasi Uluilakepa (Petone) and Will Mangos (OBU).
Kick-off times for this weekend's opening round of Swindale Shield and Harper Lock Shield have been amended. There are now staggered kick-off times in the Swindale Shield, from 2.30pm, 2.45pm, 3.00pm and 3.30pm. For more check Draws & Results across the top of this page.
The Dominion Post (formerly the Dominion) has dropped the ball badly on covering local sport, including abandoning the competition they themselves started in 1966 and ran for over five decades. The Billy Wallace Best and Fairest competition awards points in each Premier match on a 3,2 and 1 basis for ability and fair play. This year the match officials (referee and two sideline assistants) will be awarding the Billy Wallace points. This also means the Hardham Cup as well as the Jubilee Cup in the second round. Would a women’s competition work too?
Napier Old Boys Marist have beaten Hutt Old Boys Marist 32-17 in the final of the Spillane Cup tournament this afternoon to defend their title.
The HOBM Eagles beat Christchurch Marist Albion 22-20 on Friday to advance to Sunday's Spillane Cup final in Auckland. Captain Glen Walters kicked a last-gasp penalty to seal victory. HOBM will meet defending champions Napier Old Boys Marist in Sunday's final, while Marist Albion and hosts Auckland Marist will meet in the playoff for third and fourth.
It’s a week before the local season kicks off. Here is what’s on:
Tawa is hosting a touring Argentinian side La Salle Rugby tonight at Lyndhurst Park at 6.30pm.
The Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby have announced that John Plumtree will take the Head Coach role for the 2019 Investec Super Rugby season. Plumtree will take over from Chris Boyd after the 2018 season with Jason Holland confirmed as his Assistant Coach with both contracted for three years. Boyd is leaving New Zealand at the end of this season to take up the role as Director of Rugby at English club Northampton. Plumtree and Holland have signed three-year deals through until the end of 2021. The final make-up of the coaching staff for 2019 and beyond would be finalised soon with the focus now being on the 2018 season.
The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by Dominion Post reporters after each game.
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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Two draws, a one-point win and plenty of positive rugby marks the start of the 2015 Premier Swindale Shield season at a baking Trentham Memorial Park. Northern United and Wainuiomata draw 34-34, Poneke and the Upper Hutt Rams draw 35-35 and defending Jubilee Cup champions Hutt Old Boys Marist and eventual 2015 first round champions use their get out of jail free card to pip the Wellington Axemen 37-36. Elsewhere, Tawa fullback James So’oialo scores 35 points in his side’s big win over newcomers Paremata-Plimmerton.