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Three Wellington players are part of 28 players offered inagural Black Ferns contracts, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced today. Dhys Faleafaga (St Mary's College and Northern United), Joanah Ngan-Woo (Ortiental-Rongotai) and Marcelle Parkes (Marist St Pat's) have been offered contracts. All three are selected as forwards. The 28 contracted players include 17 Black Ferns from the 2017 World Cup winning side.
Congratulations to Wainuiomata midfield and outside back Michael Lealava'a for playing his 100th Premier match on Saturday. Lealava'a, who has been playing in Wainuiomata's starting XV since 2007, lined up at second five-eighth in his team's 22-43 home loss to Tawa.
Northern United's Perry Hayman is set to play his 100th Premier match when he lines up at centre for Northern United against Oriental-Rongotai on Saturday in the 11th round of the Swindale Shield. Former amateur golf ace Hayman played his first game for Norths at the start of 2009 and has been a regular selection since 2012.
Northern United beat Oriental-Rongotai 36-32 in a lively Friday night Les Mills Colts Division 1 clash at Te Whaea. Norths outscored Ories 3 tries to 2 in establishing a 17-15 halftime lead. Ories had the first of two players sent to the sin-bin just before the break, these two yellow cards proving costly. Playing into the wind, Ories scored their second try to take a 22-17 lead, Norths scored their bonus point try to go ahead 24-22, Ories kicked a penalty to go ahead 25-24, but Norths scored consecutive tries to move ahead 36-25. Ories deserved their try at the end that gave them 2 bonus points from the defeat.
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England have called up former Stokes Valley Junior Rugby Club and Hurricanes captain Brad Shields for their tour of South Africa after New Zealand Rugby (NZR) released him from his contract. NZR said there were "clear legal grounds" to oppose Shields' request, but allowed it "by special exception". "Brad has been an exceptional leader inside the Hurricanes and a loyal servant to New Zealand Rugby," it said. England head coach Eddie Jones sees the 27-year-old flanker as part of his plans up to next year's World Cup. New Zealand-born Shields, who qualifies for England through his parents, will join Wasps later this year. Read more here
There have been significant changes to lower grade club rugby grades this week. The First Grade and Reserve Grade competitions restart and the 20 teams have been split into three divisions - First Grade, Reserve Grade and Social Grade. The past matches are null and void and the points tables are reset to zeros.New draw issued for this week splitting 20 teams into three competitions.
Wellington College was well beaten by Palmerston North Boys' High School on Saturday An account of their 20-57 loss and other results is here
Petone players Kaliopasi Uluilakepa and Carlos Price will ride the pine tonight for the New Zealand Under 20s in the third and deciding match for the Oceania Championship title against Australia. Kick-off is at 9pm.
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 five rounds of the 2018 Swindale Shield
10 points: Greg Foe (Poneke)
8 points: Alex Dalzell (Wellington)
6 points: Justin Wilson (Wainuiomata), Billy Proctor (MSP)
5 points: Trent Renata (Ories), Logam Blake (Avalon), Jonathan Fuimoano (OBU), Chase Tiatia (HOBM), Chris Aumua (Avalon), Whetu Henry (Ories)
4 points: Kalim Kelemete (Tawa), Tupou Sopoaga (Petone), Tai Neli (OBU)
3 points: 22 players on 3 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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Returning from a stint playing in Italy, Wellington Axemen sharpshooter Evan Hopkin scores a try and kicks two conversions to put Wellington ahead of MSP 19-0 after 30 minutes in their Athletic Park feature match. Wellington go on to win 29-9 and are clear favourites to retain the Swindale Shield this season.