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Tough semi-finals for Wellington teams at sevens

The Wellington Men’s and Women’s both had mixed days at the National Sevens in Rotorua today. The Wellington Men finished second in Pool B and will meet North Harbour at 11.50am in their Cup quarter-final match. The Men’s outfit beat Southland 24-5, beat Northland 26-5 and lost to Tasman 7-22 in their three matches on day one.

The Wellington Women finished third in Pool B behind Manawatu and Bay of Plenty, despite beating BoP 15-12 in their tournament opener. They smoked North Harbour 45-0 but a 5-38 loss to Manawatu and Manawatu's 12-19 loss to BoP and BoP's win over North Harbour as well meant Wellington finished third. This means they play Manawatu again in their quarter-final at 11.05am.

13 January: Wellington referees in National squads

Ben O’Keeffe and Mike Fraser are the two Wellington's referees in the seven-strong national professional squad for the upcoming year, while Nick Hogan returns to the National Squad for the year ahead, in the list that has been released this week.

13 January: National Sevens Day Two Draw

For a Day One wrap read here

The first games on Day 2 are below:

Men's Cup Quarter Finals:
11.30 Field 1 Waikato (Pool a winner) v Auckland
11.50 Field 1 North Harbour (Pool D winner) v Wellington
12.10 Field 1 Tasman (Pool C winner) v Manawatu
12.30 Field 1 Bay of Plenty (Pool B winner v Taranaki

Men's Bowl Quarter Finals:
10.05 Field 1 Counties Manukau v Mid Canterbury
10.25 Field 1 Hawke’s Bay v Southland
10.45 Field 1 Northland v Otago
11.05 Field 1 Canterbury v Wanganui

Women's Cup Quarter Finals:
10.05 Field 2 Waikato (Pool A winner) v Canterbury
10.25 Field 2 Bay of Plenty (Pool B runner-up) v Counties Manukau
10.45 Field 2 Auckland (Pool C winner) v Otago
11.05 Field 2 Manawatu (Pool B winner) v Wellington

Women's Bowl Semi Finals:
11.50 Field 2 Hawke’s Bay v North Harbour
12.10 Field 2 Southland v Poverty Bay

11 January Sopoaga departs
11 January: Sopoaga departs

Lima Sopoaga has announced his departure from NZ rugby. His post on Instagram includes these words: "I'd like to thank the Highlanders, All Blacks, Southland and Wellington for the awesome experiences you have provided me with over the years. Thank you to all the fans for your support it's been one heck of a ride." Sopoaga leaves at the end of 2018 for Wasps in England.  

8 January: Mixed bag of results for Wellington Sevens teams

A mixed bag of results for the Wellington men's and women's sides at the BoP Sevens on Saturday. The women won three of their four matches, while the men could only claim one solitary success. Results:

Women
beat North Harbour 43-0
lost to Manawatu 7-14
beat Canterbury 32-12
beat Bay of Plenty 26-19

Men
beat BoP Academy 19-0
lost to Auckland 10-19
lost to Canterbury 17-19
lost to Bay of Plenty 7-15

The Nationals are in Rotorua next weekend

24 December: Merry Christmas from Club Rugby

The team at Club Rugby wishes everyone a very merry Christmas and a relaxing and safe holiday break. From Mount Maunganui to New Orleans to Noosa, our contributors are having some time off too, re-charging batteries and getting set for a big year covering rugby from the ground up in 2018. 

21 December: National Sevens to move venue and be brought forward to December

New Zealand’s National Sevens Tournament will move to a new location and a new time of year to boost the number of top-level players available to play, New Zealand Rugby has announced today. The change will take effect after January’s  National Sevens in Rotorua, with the tournament then moving to Tauranga for the following three years starting in December 2018 where Tauranga Domain will play host to all the on-field action. This change will, in turn, affect local sevens tournaments followed by provincial qualifiers, which will presumably all be brought forward. Then the tail-end of representative season could be affected with players choosing one or the other. 

15 December: Aumua, O'Keeffe win end of season awards

Asafo Aumua (Avalon) and referee Ben O'Keeffe have won major awards at the national end of season awards. Aumua is the Age Grade Player of the Season while O'Keeffe is the Referee of the Year. 

13 December: 2018 Swindale Shield draw released

The 2018 Swindale Shield draw has been released today by the WRFU. 

View it at this link here 

11 December: Alama Ieremia to take Auckland reins

Alama Ieremia has been tasked with turning around the fortunes of the problem Auckland provincial side. Ieremia's appointment as head coach for the next three seasons was announced on Monday by the Auckland Rugby Union. The 47-year-old former Hurricanes assistant and most recently in charge of the Manu Samoa setup takes over from Nick White who stepped aside at the end of a horror 2017 campaign that saw the Auks go 3-7 and narrowly avoid relegation from the Mitre 10 Cup's Premiership division. Read more here

4 December: Asafo Aumua, Ben O'Keeffe nominated at awards

Asafo Aumua and Ben O'Keeffe have both been nominated for awards at the 2017 National Rugby Awards. Aumua has been nominated in both the  New Zealand Rugby Age Grade Player of the Year and Men's NPC Player of the Year award categories, while O'Keeffe is up for the Referee of the Year gong. Winners are announced on 14 December. 

Waikato and Manawatu win National Sevens titles
Sevens Rugby | 14 January 2018
National Sevens tournament this weekend
Sevens Rugby | 11 January 2018
BoP Provincial Sevens to start 2018 year of rugby
Sevens Rugby | 04 January 2018
Club Rugby’s 2017 Wellington Team of the Year
Representative Rugby | 29 December 2017
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Best & Fairest

Best and Fairest Week 22 - FINAL 

The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by Dominion Post reporters after each game.

Best & Fairest frontrunners after the Jubilee Cup final on 5 August (note that, along with First XV rugby, the Dominion Post doesn’t cover the Hardham Cup anymore, so just top 8 teams are awarded points in the championship rounds):

23 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)

18 points: Lester Maulolo (Petone)

15 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United)

14 points: Cole Stewart (Poneke)

12 points: Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Andrew Wells (Marist St Pat's), Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa), Brandyn Laursen (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Joe ‘Apikotoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist)

11 points: Antony Fox (Northern United), Daven Candy (Old Boys University)

10 points: Mike Buckley (MSP), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington), Johnathan Fuiaomaono (Old Boys University)

9 points: Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Isaac O’Connor (Marist St Pat’s), Teariki Ben Nicholas (Old Boys University), Chris Middleton (Northern United), Jono Ihaka (Old Boys University)

8 points: Ben Peni (Avalon), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Dale Sabbagh (Old Boys University)

7 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Mike Ioapo (Northern United), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), Teegan Minkley (Old Boys University), James So’oialo (Tawa), Valentine Meachen (Marist St Pat’s), Will Mangos (Old Boys University)

6 points: Adam Deck (Oriental-Rongotai), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa), Nick Robertson (Poneke), James O’Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Hayden Whelan (Oriental-Rongotai), Paulo Aukuso (Oriental-Rongotai), Nick Harrison (Marist St Pat’s)

5 points: 13 players on 5 points

Featured Points Table
Jubilee Cup Premier 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 7 5 2 0 258 123 6 26
Marist St Pats 7 5 1 1 203 183 3 25
HOBM 7 4 3 0 184 156 6 22
Tawa 7 5 2 0 154 149 3 19
Norths 7 3 4 0 188 209 5 17
Ories 7 3 4 0 142 150 4 16
Wainui 7 2 4 1 125 181 3 13
Petone 7 0 7 0 111 214 4 4
Featured Points Table
Hardham Cup Premier 2 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Upper Hutt Rams 10 9 1 0 476 154 11 47
J'ville 10 8 1 1 269 172 5 39
Poneke 10 6 3 1 306 247 6 32
Wellington 10 3 7 0 205 276 6 18
Avalon 10 2 8 0 187 398 5 13
Pare-Plim 10 1 9 0 177 373 4 8
Featured Points Table
HD Morgan Memorial Prem Res 2 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Upper Hutt Rams 10 9 1 0 514 80 10 46
Poneke 10 9 1 0 361 173 7 43
J'ville 10 4 5 1 197 270 4 22
Pare-Plim 10 4 6 0 208 270 4 20
Avalon 10 3 7 0 217 347 6 18
Wellington 10 0 9 1 131 488 2 4
Featured Points Table
Colts John E Kelly Memorial 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Ories 7 6 1 0 177 139 5 29
Petone 7 5 2 0 240 126 7 27
Tawa 7 5 2 0 228 147 6 26
OBU 7 5 2 0 155 89 5 25
Marist St Pats 7 2 5 0 177 213 7 15
HOBM 7 3 4 0 134 198 2 14
Pare-Plim 7 1 6 0 100 205 5 9
Norths 7 1 5 1 81 175 1 5
Featured Points Table
Women's 1st Round Div One 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Marist St Pats 4 4 0 0 176 44 4 20
Poneke 4 3 1 0 103 60 3 15
Pare-Plim 4 1 3 0 73 119 2 6
Petone 4 2 2 0 143 82 1 5
Tawa 4 1 3 0 10 200 1 5
Featured Points Table
85kg Restricted JC Bowl 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wellington 7 7 0 0 248 23 6 34
Tawa 7 6 1 0 96 49 4 28
Avalon 6 4 2 0 164 80 3 19
Eastbourne 7 4 3 0 136 148 2 18
HOBM 7 3 4 0 51 100 1 13
J'ville 7 2 4 1 141 144 2 10
OBU Bunnies 6 1 4 1 63 140 2 6
Avalon 1 0 1 0 15 16 1 1
Wests 6 0 5 1 35 249 1 1
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