Old Boys University have confirmed the return of their Jubilee Cup winning OBU Premier Team Coaching group in 2019. After two years assisting Micheal Barnes now takes over as Head Coach in 2019 ably supported by the return of Jamie Williams, Greg Halford and Tomasi Palu. Jamie takes a wider role not only assisting the Premiers but also analysis for the club's Colts team and Academy. Rua Tipoki also widens his scope overseeing and supporting the Colts coaching groups in 2019.
Marist St Pat's have appointed their coaches for 2019. Simon Culley and Marty Berry come across from the Upper Hutt Rams and Wellington Axemen respectively to take the helm of the Premiers, ably assisted by club playing veterans Peter Sciascia and Fa'atonu Fili. Edwin Meachen and Daniel Kauraka will take charge of the Premier Reserves.
Marcelle Parkes (Marist St Pat's) will make her debut off the bench at flanker for the Black Ferns against France this weekend. Ayesha Leti-I'iga (Ories) returns on the left wing, while Jackie Patea-Fereti (Petone) and Monica Tagoai (MSP) are both on the bench. The match is on Saturday morning (NZT).
The third leg of the WRFU American Ambassador's Sevens tournament has been cancelled, following its postponement last weekend.
The third and final leg of the American Ambassador's 7s series has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday, 10 November, at Mary Crowther Park in Wainuiomata. More details coming later in the week.
Ayesha Leti-L'iga (Oriental-Rongotai) will make her Black Ferns debut on Sunday at 12pm (NZT) against the USA on the left wing, while Monica Tagoai (Marist St Pat's) will come off the bench to debut as well. Jackie Patea-Fereti also comes off the reserves bench.
Thirty-three new faces feature among the 190 professional players contracted by New Zealand’s five Investec Super Rugby clubs for the 2019 season. Alongside familiar names, the squads include seven sets of brothers, and 33 names new to Super Rugby contracts, including 21 from the 2018 Under 20 development programme, demonstrating a strength in the emerging talent.
The new Hurricanes recruits signing on for Super Rugby contracts for the first time are: Fraser Armstrong (Manawatu), Liam Mitchell (Manawatu), Du Plessis Kirifi (Northern United), Richard Judd (Paremata-Plimmerton), Billy Proctor (Marist St Pat's), Salesi Rayasi (Upper Hutt Rams). Also: Marino Mikaele Tu’u (OBU - Highlanders).
A group of Wellington players are among the country’s leading players invited to attend the New Zealand Under 20 development camp in Palmerston North in December. Players selected to attend the camp from 3-8 December are listed below. Players will reassemble in March before a squad of up to 32 players will be selected to play in the Oceania Championship in Australia in April. The final squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship, to be played in Argentina, will be named in May. Wellington players selected are: Naitoa Ah Kuoi (Marist St Pat’s), Iona Apineru (St Pat’s Silverstream), Callum Harkin (Wellington), Shamus Langton, Tane Te Aho, Taine Plumtree (Old Boys University), Pasi Uluilakepa (Petone), Reuben Va’a (Ories). Also: Connor Garden-Bachop (Canterbury), Jack Gray (Auckland), Billy Proctor (MSP – Super Rugby committements).
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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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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