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Tawa

?Tawa won its maiden Wellington club rugby Premier title in June????? 2013, capturing the Swindale Shield for the first time.?

?The Tawa Rugby Football Club was formed in 1947. The foundations for making Tawa a proud community based sporting organisation was built on the commitment and values of a small group of outstanding young men who worked hard to make their living during the week, and loved to play their rugby just as hard on the weekend. Tawa Rugby Football Club strives to continue the traditions and wear the colours with as much pride and honour? and for the local community.

Tawa has come a long way since the late 1940s and 1950s when their senior team had to use a gravel patch outside the Tawa Fire Station as our training field and when that was not possible due to weather, the gymnasium of the Johnsonville Rugby Club was loaned by their neighbours who over the years have become great foes on the field and great friends off it. These days Tawa's facilities are second to none. Their? club rooms at Lyndhurst Park are well known for excellent after match facilities and their floodlit ground has developed into one of the premium playing fields in the region.

Since 1950 when Tawa had the proud distinction of having two All Blacks (Graham Mexted and Vince Bevan) playing against the British Isles on their tour of New Zealand, they have had a long list of Wellington representatives as well as several more All Blacks donning the colours. These include their most celebrated player Murray Mexted, and Steve McDowell who chose Tawa as his club while playing for Wellington. More recently they have been extremely proud to add names such as Dion Waller (Hurricanes, Lions & All Blacks), Brad Fleming (NZ 7s, Hurricanes & Lions), Shane Carter (Hurricanes & Lions), Kevin Yates (England, Hurricanes & Lions), Nigel Hunt (NZ 7s & Lions) and brothers Hayden and William Lafaele (Wellington senior reps & NZ age grade teams), Wellington Lions and Highlander Shaun Treeby? as well as Manu Samoa International and Wellington Lion Mala Mailo to their distinguished honours board.

The club caters for all types of players with strong representation in most grades, with their top team competing in the Premier Swindale Shield grade.

For more information visit www.tawarugby.co.nz


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