Four-time New Zealand-born England international Thomas Waldrom has announced his retirement from rugby at 35. The Avalon loose forward this year spent one final season with home province Wellington after eight fruitful years in England playing for Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs. Nicknamed Thomas 'the Tank Engine', Waldrom on Monday revealed he was hanging up his boots, saying it was a hard decision to call time on a professional career spanning 17 years. Waldrom, who played four tests for England from 2012-13, started (2001-09) and finished (2018) with Wellington after stints with Hawke's Bay (2009-10), the Hurricanes (2004-08) and the Crusaders (2009-10). Read more here
The Wellington Pride are set for Saturday's Women's NPC Championship final against Otago Kick-off at Jerry Collins Stadium is 1.00pm. In one change to the starting XV, Ayesha Leti'L'iga returns from Samoa to the left wing for Dhys Faleafaga and in two changes on the bench, Dhys drops in there with Reijeli Uluinayau dropping out, and Gina Willimson in for Kiri Mei as loose forwards cover.
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Kent Harris has been reapointed as the Head Coach of the Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles for 2019. Harris' Eagles will be looking to build on their semi-final success in the Jubilee Cup this year.
Lock forward Isaiah Walker-Leaware (Poneke) and utility back Matt Proctor (Ories) have been selected in the Maori All Blacks for their upcoming tour of the USA and South America, playing matches on 3, 10 and 17 November.
Wellington Lions captain Matt Proctor has made the wider All Blacks squad to prepare for the upcoming Test against Japan on 3 November and is in line to make his Test debut should he earn selection. Dane Coles, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara and Asafo Aumua (also the Japan squad) have also made the extended squad that will also play tests against Auatralia on 27 October and then England, Ireland and Italy later in November.
In a day where the weather was more reminiscent of mid-winter than mid-spring, St. Patrick’s College, Silverstream and Nga Wahine Toa collected the Winners trophies at the 5th Annual Hurricanes Secondary Schools Sevens Tournament, in Masterton. St Pat's Silverstream beat Napier Boys' High School 24-21 in the boys final. Read more here
The Wellington Lions have qualified fourth for the Men's NPC Premiership semi-finals with the rest of this weekend's final round to spare with a bonus point win over Taranaki in New Plymouth on Friday night. In turn, Taranaki have been relegated from the Premiership to the Championship for 2019. Wellington 34 (Vaea Fifita, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Matt Proctor, Malo Tuitama, Sitiveni Paongo tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop 2con, pen, Trent Renata con) Taranaki 10 (Warwick Lahmert try; Beaudein Waaka con, pen) Halftime: 12-10.
Poneke hooker Dane Coles and Wellington Axemen flanker Vaea Fifita return to the Wellington Lions squad for their crunch NPC Round 9 and John F Henning Trophy clash with Taranaki on Friday night. Coles returns from a serious knee injury to the bench, while Fifita returns from All Blacks duty. There are other changes too, to view these visit here
The Avalon Wolves Rugby Football Club have announced their Premier coaching team for 2019. Head coach is Makea Pokere, former Premier and represenative player and player/coach of the Avalon and Centurions U85kgs this year. Forwards coach is Brendan Owens, Pokere's former school and represnative teammate. Backs coach is Cameron Cross, long-serving Avalon utility back. The managers are Luisa Tuisamoa and Blair Finlayson.
Recent Johnsonville Premier assistant coach Garry Archer passed away in Auckland this week. Archer was a well-liked and respected coach and Wellington club rugby figure and will be deeply missed. At the start of this year he was appointed as the Wellington Girls U18 coach, who are currently at their tournament in Napier. News on Funeral Date and time to be confirmed.
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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