The Dominion Post was at the sixth round of club rugby on Saturday. Read match reports from all seven Premier matches here
Watch video highlights of the Hurricanes versus Brumbies Super Rugby fixture in Napier on Friday night, won by the Hurricanes 56-21, here
An opinion piece by Patrick Holden on why it's important to support club rugby, on the sideline and in the clubrooms, relavent to all clubs. Read more here
Wellington's rugby fans can get a midweek fix of First XV rugby on Thursday at Petone and Kilbirnie. St Pat’s Town host Christchurch’s St Bede’s College on at Evans Bay Park, where they will be defending the Fr. Paul Kane SM Challenge Cup. Kick-off 1pm (TBC). The annual pre-season Hope Cup involving Hutt Valley schools is at the Petone Rec. Teams competing include the HIBS First XV, Naenae College First XV, Upper Hutt College First XV, Taita College First XV and the St Pat’s Silverstream First XV.
The Black Ferns Sevens team to play the fourth leg of the 2016/17 HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series in Kitakyushu, starting this Saturday, has been named. This is the first time an HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series tournament has been held in Japan and helps serves as preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where rugby sevens will feature. Read more here
St Mary’s College player Lyric Faleafaga joins the Black Ferns Sevens team for the first time this weekend and will experience the international tournament environment in the travelling reserve role. Black Ferns Sevens Head Coach Allan Bunting said: “This is about Lyric’s development plan, she’s young, has special talent and at 1.8 meters tall has real height. We’re really excited about her future so it’s all about giving her experiencing in the international tournament environment and personal growth for her.” Kat Whata-Simkins is the other Wellington player in the team. Read more here
he final squad for the Oceania Under 20 tournament on the Gold Coast starting on 28 May has been confirmed with former New Zealand Secondary Schools representatives Thomas Umaga-Jensen and Ciarahn Matoe joining the squad and Waikato's Luke Jacobson the captain. Read more here
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There are lots of transfers and some defaults in theWRFU club rugby draw for Saturday 15 April. To view these changes read here
The 24th National Deaf Rugby Championship is being played at Jerry Collins Stadium at Porirua Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tri-series of matches see Central play the Northern Marlins on Friday at 2.00pm, Central play Southern at 2pm on Saturday and Northern meet Southern at 1.30pm on Sunday.
For the first time in over 20 years, a women's rugby team has taken the field for Paremata Plimmerton Rugby Club. The two-decade-long hiatus was broken by a group of Aotea College girls and friends determined to stick together. Despite the lack of pressure the women won their first game 41 - 3 against Tawa. Coach Findlay Siania said friendship was what made the team a force to be reckoned with on the field. "I was coaching the Aotea College women's team and the girls were leaving college and wanted to stay together." They had the option of joining the long-established Norths club but liked the idea of starting a fresh team, he said. "Having both Norths and ParePlim now shows the huge depth of talent Porirua has in the rugby pool for women's teams. Read more here
Dan Vulu finally had something to smile about on Saturday. Hutt Old Boys Marist made an average start to the season, losing to Upper Hutt and Wainuiomata before beating easy beats Paremata Plimmerton. On Saturday, HOBM made the trip to Fraser Park and their comfortable 53-0 win over Avalon suggested that things can only get better for Vulu. Read more here
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The Hurricanes made a fast start against the Waratahs on Friday night in Wellington, before seeing off a second half revival. The Hurricanes raced to a 21-0 lead (including this try to left wing Wes Goosen) but held on to win 38-28. Read more here
Update: After losing last weekend to Francis Douglas Memorial College, the Wellington College First XV plays its second match of the season in its 150th year tomorrow at home versus Feidling High School. This is an annual traditional fixture and kick-off is scheduled for 2.30pm (TBC). Meanwhile, Scots College were due to host Palmerston North Boys' High School tomorrow afternoon but this fixture has been cancellled and St Pat's Town hosts Marlborough Boys' College at 10.30am on Sunday.
The precedent is being set early in the year by councils. Please check this link here for transfers for tomorrow, owing to mid-week rain. The President's grade has been cancelled as well.
Tomorrow and for the next eight weeks, access to the the Petone Recreation Ground grandstand will only be for people aged 16 and over, by instructions from the Hutt City Council. Anyone looking young attending this match will need to bring age ID. This follows an accident involving a young girl in the stand last weekend.
From the Roar: Ask most rugby folk who is the best scrum-half in the world is, and the reply that comes out of their mouths with metronomic regularity is Highlanders and All Blacks No.9 Aaron Smith. But that may be changing, if TJ Perenara’s performance in the Reds v Hurricanes match is a reliable measure. Not only did TJ control the game with the excellence of his play, he was probably also the best referee on the field. I have to admit that I had not realised just how good a halfback Perenara has become. The Reds’ game opened my eyes to the true excellence of his play at No. 9. Read more here
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The Reds have fallen to their fifth straight loss, going down 34-15 at Suncorp Stadium to the Hurricanes. In was a helter skelter affair and in fairness to the Reds, they were markedly better than they were in their two-week road trip. They turned what was shaping as a nightmare on Castlemaine Street into a one-try contest for the majority of the night - albeit against a Hurricanes team that was falling over their own feet. Read more here
The Dominion Post carries match reports of all seven matches from yesterday's Wellington Premier club rugby Swindale Shield competition. Read them here
The Hurricanes flew out to Brisbane on Thursday afternoon for what looms as a tricky encounter. New Zealand fans - with some justification - have adopted an air of dismissiveness where teams from the other nations are concerned. But the Reds - featuring players of the calibre of Karmichael Hunt, Samu Kerevi, Scott Higginbotham, George Smith, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons and Stephen Moore - are far from the worst team around. The Hurricanes come into this game on the back of a bye, without their skipper Dane Coles and with - in all fairness - a reasonably high expectation that they ought to win. It all adds up to a sneaky feeling that an upset could be on the cards. Read more here
UPDATED: Porirua Deputy Mayor and former Black Fern Izzy Ford has been appointed to the WRFU's board. Ford is a long-time member of the Northern United Rugby Club and was a Black Ferns representative from 1999 to 2005. In addition to Ford’s appointment to the board, long-time secondary schools rugby administrator Ina Hansen has become the first female to hold a place on the WRFU’s presidential suite. Hansen served on the WRFU management committee for over a decade through the 1980s leading the Wellington Secondary Schools program. Meanwhile, Brendan Gard'ner takes over from Murray Tocker as President.
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A new Team Statistics points table has been been added immediately below the Swindale Shield points table at the Draws & Results links above. This now updates team' 'points for', listing their tries, conversions, penalties and dropped goals. Will be the same on the other full competitions we run this year, including the Jubilee Cup and Women's competitions.
The Samoa U20s have been named for the Oceania U20 Championship and Junior World Cup. Wellington players selected are: Ivan Fepuleai, Jarimar Schuster, Julius Togafau, Nese Solia, Lei Ioane, Aneriueta Fale Piopa and Losi Filipo.
The 2017 Wellington Colts competiton is set to start with an inagural two-tier three-week knockout competiton. The concept behind the knockout competition is to allow for a structured pre-season competition to ensure that the right teams are playing in each division during the season proper. The winners of the Division One competition will win the Eric Connolly Cup. The winners of the Division Two competition will win the James Gilbert Cup. The first round Paris Memorial Trophy and JRD Cups run fom 22 April-early/mid June and the second round John E Kelly Memorial Cup and the Vic Calcinai Memorial Cup take the season throght to early/mid August.
Former Wellington college loose forward and brother of Lima, Tupou Sopoaga, has joined the Highlanders as injury cover. The former Cronulla Sharks and Penrith Panthers player returned to rugby union late last year in Australia's domestic competition. Just a couple of weeks ago, the brother of All Black first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga, signed to play for the Southland Stags in this year's New Zealand provincial competition. On top of that, he has now also been signed by the Highlanders on a month to month contract to bolster the Dunedin-based Super Rugby team's loose forward stocks. Read more here
The following Wellington players are in Samoa this weekend trialling for the Samoa Penieli Poasa, John Tuia, Alex Ropeti (Ories); Ivan Fepulea'i, Nese Solia, Grayson Whitman, Kerrod Foaese (MSP); Jayden Treviranus (UHr); Losi Filipo (Petone).
Lower Hutt clubs had a mixed start to the 2017 season with Hutt Old Boys Marist, Petone and Avalon recording losses. HOBM blew a handy lead to lose to Upper Hutt. Coach Daniel Vulu put the loss down to a poor second half where HOBM gave away too many penalties, "We started well and scored three tries in the first half but the second half was disappointing and Upper Hutt just got on a roll and deserved the win." Read more from the Hutt News article here
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With full and exclusive broadcast rights at Westpac Stadium all day Saturday, look out for Sky TV's broadcast of the Hurricanes U20s v Argentina U20s match. Kick-off is at 5.10pm, ahead of the Hurricanes v Highlanders at 7.35pm.
The inagural Collins Medal will be awarded to the Player of the Match between Northern United and Petone in their round one Swindale Shield encounter. The Collins medal is in honour of the late Jerry Collins who played for Northern United and his cousin Willie Collins who played for Petone, in both of whom passed away over the past two years.
Upper Hutt Rams, Wellington Sevens and 2016 Wellington Lions wing Salesi Rayasi is departing for Auckland this season. Rayasi, also an accomplished basketballer, scored nine tries in 10 Premier appearances for the Rams last year. He was playing for Auckland Marist at last weekend's Spillane tournament.
He refereed last year's Jubilee Cup final between champions Tawa and Marist St Pat's and on Saturday former Scots College fullback Richard Gordon will referee their final re-match in their Swindale Shield season opener at Awakairangi Park. To view this Saturday's fixtures and referees visit Draws & Results above.
The New Zealand men's sevens team have conceded the fact they won't be claiming the overall title this year. With a fifth placed finish at the Vancouver tournament at the weekend, the best the New Zealand team can hope for is to finish second - and they still have a lot to do if they want to achieve that. he team's chances of staying alive in the overall title hunt plummeted when they lost to England 14-12 in the quarterfinals. England went on to win the tournament. Speaking to Radio Sport, New Zealand coach Scott Waldrom said after good performances on the opening day of the tournament, his side had high hopes for the pressure stages Read more here
Napier Old Boys Marist have won the 2017 NZ Marist Spillane Cup, beating Wellington's Marist St Pat's 22-3 in the final this afternoon in Palmerston North. MSP started a second string side and failed to fire, while NOBM were well led by early replacement halfback and former Wellington St Pat's Town college player Zac Donaldson. He sealed victory with the final try of the final, an 8-9 move near the whitewash. Wellington's Hutt Old Boys Marist beat hosts Palmerston North Old Boys Marist 49-19 in the playoff for third and fourth.
All adult rugby games in the 14 largest Provincial Rugby Unions will be showing concussion the Blue Card this season, in a move by New Zealand Rugby (NZR) to further enhance player welfare.The Blue Card Concussion Initiative means referees can issue a Blue Card to a player suspected of receiving an on-field concussion during a game. After receiving a Blue Card, the player must leave the field of play and can’t return until they have completed a series of mandatory steps, including a three-week stand down from training and playing. Some Provincial Unions have implemented the Blue Card into secondary school competitions.
Forty-eight players have been selected to attend the second New Zealand Under 20 development camp in Palmerston North from 9-13 March, in the build up to the World Rugby Under 20 Championship to be held in Georgia in May and June this year. The Wellington players are: Asafo Aumua (Avalon). Ben Power (HOBM), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke), Josh Brown (Upper Hutt Rams), Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Tawa), Carlos Price (Petone), Billy Proctor (MSP). Not attending due to injury or Super Rugby commitments: Alex Fidow (Ories), Peter Umaga Jensen (Wainuiomata), Lester Maulolo (Petone).
Pioneering research into the health of retired rugby players conducted in New Zealand will be taken to the global arena. The Rugby Health Project, led by AUT University's Professor Patria Hume, which discovered higher rates of cognitive impairment in retired rugby players who suffered concussion during their careers, will be extended to the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The topic has never been more relevant than it is today as contact-sport codes and others like football grapple with the short- and long-term risks of concussions. Read more here
The Wellington First XV Premiership competition has been increased from eight to 10 teams for 2017. The grading structure for the new expanded competition is still to be confirmed, but Grading will start on Saturday 6 May. The pre-season Tranzit Series with the leading teams in Wellington from last year and four of the Hurricanes region 'Super 8' teams is still the same. There will also be a curtain-raiser to a Hurricanes match on 20 May.
The St Mary's College team won the Sir Gordon Tietjens Sevens tournament at Palmerston North on Saturday. St Mary's won all three of their matches on day two at Massey University, beating Motueka High School 28-12 in the Girls Final.
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UPDATE: The Hurricanes U20s won the match 33-29. Visit Photos across the top of this page for a gallery. A group of Wellington players are set to meet the Blues for the Hurricanes U20s side this Saturday. The players are: Billy Proctor (Marist St Pat's), Lester Maulolo (Petone), Malo Tuitama (Ories), Piri Paraone (Petone), Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Tawa), Hugh Renton (OBU), Anthony Pettett (Johnsonville), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke), Alex Fidow (Ories), Asafo Aumua (Avalon), Ben Power (HOBM), Sitiveni Paongo (Tawa), Josh Brown (Upper Hutt Rams).
The second consecutive weekend of international club rugby this coming weekend sees Petone host Argintinian club Cardinal Newman. The Premier and Premier Reserve squads are in action, with kick-offs early to mid-afternoon. Newman plays in the Buenos Aires Top 14 competition, along with C.U.B.A who struck often late in the game to beat Old Boys University 45-15 last Saturday.
Former Marist St Pat's Premier and Wellington U19s coach Clayton McMillan has been appointed head coach of the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians side to face the British and Irish Lions in their tour opener in Northland on 3 June. McMillan is assisted by former Hurricanes wing Roger Randle and Wanganui coach Chris Back.
A touring Argentinian side club called Club Universidad de Buenos Aires (C.U.B.A.) is currently touring New Zealand and this weekend they play Old Boys University (time and venue TBC) and next weekend face Petone. C.U.B.A play in the Buenos Aires rugby union competition and are the team from Buenos Aires University, the biggest university in the country. They are like the OBU equivalent and play in the Premier division. They're bringing some 50 players and a group of supporters. Welcome to Wellington! UPDATE: Saturday's matches against the Premier Reserves and Premier teams are at 12.30pm and 2.30pm respectively at Prince of Wales Park.
New Zealand's Fairfax rugby writers have compiled a Super Rugby team guide for the NZ teams on the eve of this year's competition. Read more here
Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams) is set to make his Super Rugby debut for the Blues when they take on the Rebels in Melbourne on Thursday night. Taramai will come off the reserves bench. The Rebels could also have Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United) in their line-up.
Everybody came away from the sold-out Dallison Park with something that they wanted from the Farmlands Grassroots Game Day in Waverley on Friday evening. With 'home' side the Hurricanes and the visiting Crusaders fielding virtually all of their stars for what amounted to two 40 minute games against separate XV's, opposing coaches Chris Boyd and Scott Robertson were able to confirm their regular starters should be the form players to begin the Super Rugby campaign this coming weekend. Read the rest of the community rugby summary by the Wanganui Chronicle here
New Super Rugby season, new opportunities for young players to impress in New Zealand. In looking at the five Kiwi teams, Marshall notes that 33 players will be making their debuts and looks at their chances. Read more here
Beauden and Jordie Barrett will combine for the first time in Hurricanes colours when they face the Crusaders in Waverley on Friday. The two Coastal club brothers are included in the Hurricanes' squad named on Thursday for their final pre-season match at the Border rugby club before they defend their Super Rugby title in 2017. Beauden and Jordie will start at first five-eighth and fullback respectively, with Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd welcoming All Blacks back to his team after reaching the semi-finals of last weekend's inaugural Brisbane Global Tens. TJ Perenara (Northern United) and Julian and Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) are back in the fold, but Hurricanes captain Dane Coles will not play in Waverley as he prepares for the coming season. Read more here
The Johnsonville Terrahawks are the inagural BLK U85kg Club Sevens winners. The Terrahawks defeated the Wellington Lightaxemen in the Cup final of the tournament that was organised and hosted by Wainuiomata at William Jones Park. Avalon won the Plate and the Upper Hutt Rams won the Bowl. UPDATE: Photos of the tournament here
At the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Incorporated’s Annual General and Special General Meetings held in Palmerston North on Wednesday 8 February, the following Officers and Officials were elected by the delegates representing the Council’s member Provincial Unions. President: Grant Gilbert (Hawkes Bay Rugby Football Union), Vice-President: Nick Reid (Manawatu Secondary Schools Rugby Board, Awatapu College), Chairman: Gordon Noble-Campbell (Hurricanes), Secretary: David Fa’atafa (Wellington Secondary Schools Rugby Union), Treasurer: Richard Henderson (Wellington Rugby Football Union). In addition to the above appointments, Grant Gilbert, Nick Reid and John Hornal (a Council Life Member and former Council President) were elected as the Council’s delegates to the New Zealand Schools Rugby Union.
Lots of interest around when the first round Premier Swindale Shield and Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield draws will be released, following the circulation of draft draws several weeks ago. Update: These are due out next week.
New Zealand's favourite rugby team, the Hurricanes, have reported that their membership has increased by 30 percent since they lifted the Super Rugby title last year. The defending Super Rugby champions will enter the 2017 season with at least 6,000 members after more than 1,400 additional fans joined the Canes Family during the off-season.
The opening salvoes of the 2017 Super Rugby season are fired today in Auckland when the Blues host the Hurricanes in their opening hit-outs of the year. The Hurricanes have named 32 players, with one team expected to take the field each half. Read more here
The Upper Hutt Rams team to contest this weekend's National Club Sevens tournament in Hamilton is: Upper Hutt Rams team: Hayden Schrijvers (captain), Max Pearson (vice-captain), Daniel Schrijvers, Mitchell Markov, Josh Hunt, Nash Fiso-Vaelei, Salesi Rayasi, Nua Fono-Hunt, Kaide McCashin, Colin Leilua-Toilolo, Joyner Key, Tafa Tafa.
How much did the media's barrage of negative press around the sevens hurt the tournament? The media, in particular our friends at the Dominion Post, went big on kicking the sevens from to go to woe this year. Appreciate they are not a propaganda machine, but their relentless negativty for hits and comments on their stories hasn't helped. Second, there were no more than 5,000 people inside that Stadium on Sunday (likely fewer), so who are they tricking by saying there were 10,000 on each day? Read more here
It’s a thrashing that has made headlines around the world. The Howe of Fife 2nd XV in the UK were drubbed 172-0 last Saturday by rivals Blairgowrie. It has led to national debate in rugby circles this week about apparent problems facing Rugby Union north of the border. It’s been suggested that some lower tier clubs may face oblivion if the problem persists.But the rugby authorities – who insist the game overall is in good shape – insist it’s a lot more complex than just saying that rugby isn’t attracting junior players. In fact, the sport is attracting more youngsters than ever before. Read more here
Former Northern United wing Sinoti Sinoti and former Avalon No. 8 Thomas Waldrom have featured prominently in the OPTA statistics after the latest round of English Premiership rugby. Newcastle Falcons wing Sinoti beat 9 defenders, the most of the round (former Tasman fullback Tom Marshall second with 8), while Exeter Chiefs backrower Waldrom made the second most tackles with 21 and the fourth most carries with 17.
It's Guppy versus Trump. The Upper Hutt Rams are taking on the USA Eagles in a warm-up Sevens fixture at North Park, Petone at 4.30pm this afternoon. Both sides are using this as preperation for upcoming tournaments, the Eagles for this weekend's Wellington Sevens and the Rams for next weekend's National Club Sevens in Hamilton.
Looking for HSBC Wellington Sevens tournament draws, news and information? The official website is here
Hutt Old Boys Marist and former Wellington Lions centre Tomasi Alosio has been picked to make his second appearance at the Wellington Sevens next weekend in the Manu Samoa 7s squad.
An investigation into English Premiership club Sale Sharks possibly breaching head injury management protocol is likely to be concluded next week.The probe follows an incident in Sale's Premiership clash against Harlequins on January 7, when Sharks' Samoa and former Old Boys University back-row forward TJ Ioane completed the match despite appearing to show signs of concussion in the first half.bIoane took a blow to the head while tackling Harlequins forward Dave Ward in the 30th minute of a 29-26 defeat at the Twickenham Stoop, groggily returned to his feet and remained in action until the final whistle. Read more here
St Mary's College player Lyric Faleafaga has been awarded a NZRU Black Ferns Sevens training contract for the next year. Lyric was in the St Mary's team that won the National Condor 7s in Auckland in December and recently played for Wellington at the Nationals. She also played on the wing for the St Mary's 15s team that finished second at the Top Four in September. Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) has also been awarded a full contract for the year ahead.
The Wellington men's side missed out to eventual winners Counties Manukau at the Cup semi-final stage of today's National 7s in Rotorua. Wellington led the Steelers outfit 12-5, but were mowed down late to settle for third place after defeating Tasman 14-10 in their Cup quarter-final. The Wellington women's team beat Otago 21-19 in the playoff for seventh/eighth, after sustaining a 10-26 defeat to Manawatu in their Cup quarter-final and being pipped 17-19 by Waikato in their Plate semi-final fixture. Full results here
Day one results of the National 7s and the draw for the Cup quarter-finals can be viewed here Day Two coverage and tournament round-up published on Club Rugby on Sunday evening.
Chris Gibbes sounds like a man made for the job he's walking into. For the past four years he has been coaching Welsh team Ospreys, after leaving Waikato to gain more coaching experience overseas. It's when Gibbes talks about his role that you get the idea he is perfect for Wellington. "We've been in a dark place at times," Gibbes said, "but we've developed a young group of players here who are very exciting, and the club is in a trending upwards position." Read more here
Former Hastings BHS, Upper Hutt Rams and Wellington, Hawke's Bay, Auckland, Canterbury, Hurricanes, Blues, Force and All Blacks halfback Alby Mathewson is winging his way to England to link up with Bristol. Read more here
World Rugby’s new directives for punishing high tackles come into effect this weekend, but in truth they have left it up to coaches and players to figure out for themselves how to adapt. What is the law change, what has changed, why are they doing this now and what will it mean? Read more here
The Waikato Men and the Manawatu Women won the Men’s and Women’s Cups at today’s Bay of Plenty Sevens tournament at Mount Maunganui. Waikato defeated the Samoan Barbarians side 26-14 in the Men’s Cup final, while Manawatu beat Auckland 12-10 in the Women’s decider. Waikato beat Counties Manukau 28-7 in their semi-final while Manawatu defeated BoP in their semi-final. Manawatu won the Men’s Plate final, defeating Auckland 35-14 in the final and Wellington won the Men’s Bowl, beating North Harbour by default in the final. Wellington won the Women’s Plate, beating Waikato 21-17 in the final.
The team at Club Rugby wishes everyone a happy New Year and safe travels for 2017, which promises to be a big year on and off the rugby field. Club Rugby has a number of stories planned for the year, so stay tuned. If anyone wants to contribute please drop us an email at email@example.com
Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) is set to remain in France after reportedly agreeing to extend his deal with club side Toulon. Nonu has reportedly agreed to terms, but is yet to officially sign off on the extension with the Top 14 juggernauts. Nonu joined Toulon after capturing a second consecutive Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks in 2015. We agreed to the oral, we just have to write it. If everything goes well, we will announce it quickly," Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal told French media. Nonu's current deal expires next June. His Toulon side, featuring Aussie stars Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell and James O'Connor currently sit fourth on the Top 14 table and are second in their European Champions Cup pool. - NZ Herald
Former Petone and Old Boys University flyhalf Jimmy Gopperth has become the 19th player to join English Premiership rugby's 1,000 point club. Gopperth kicked eight from eight for Wasps in their recent 40-26 win over Bath to become the oldest player at 33 years and 187 days to reach the milestone. Other New Zealand players to reach 1,000 points are Glen Jackson are Nick Evans (still playing). Charlie Hodgson is the all-time leading points scorer in English rugby with 2,623. As a comparison, Grant Fox kicked 1,561 points for Auckland.
Club Rugby wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy festive season with family and friends. Drink up and eat plenty and then get stuck into training in the New Year!
View our year in photos in Wellington rugby. Part two gallery here
View our year in photos in Wellington rugby. Part one gallery here
You would have thought that Christmas had come a week early given the amount of cards that referees were giving out over the course of the last round of European matches. It is no coincidence that officials became so card-happy in the week that World Rugby announced that it will be introducing a “zero-tolerance” approach to contact with the head. Even though these directives will not kick in until the New Year, its spirit was followed with the six red cards all involving contact with the head of an opponent. The tally of sendings off in European competition now stands at 11 after four rounds. The previous record for an entire season is eight. That World Rugby are so proactively trying to reduce the rate of concussion in the sport – 76 per cent of head injuries come from tackles – is to be applauded...Read more here
Club Rugby and College Rugby is pleased to be part of Australian website the Roar's new Club Roar network. From early next year we'll be flicking some of our favourite video clips their way so the Roar's (predominantly Australian) audience can enjoy NZ college and club rugby as well. View their website here
Mark Abbott (Napier Old Boys Marist) won the annual Hurricanes Surf to Peak event on Saturday, winning the gruelling event that sees players set off from Lyall Bay for a 1-kilometre run, then head into a 22km bike along Wellington's waterfront to Oriental Bay, finishing with a sprint up Mt Victoria. Abbott completed the course in 62 minutes and 40 seconds. Last year's winner was James Blackwell, while Brad Shields is also a former winner.
Wellington City Council is pressing ahead with plans to support a new $2.1 million super-clubrooms at Kilbirnie Park, but it won't be forcing bitter rugby Poneke and Marist St Pat's to share a beer there. The council will contribute $750,000 towards the establishment of the new Toitu Poneke Community and Sports Hub, which will see Poneke share its new-and-improved home with seven other sports clubs. The council had wanted Poneke and nearby MSP to share the sports hub after its $2.1 million upgrade is complete in 2018. MSP would not be part of the new centre, but "the door is always open for them and more to join," Councillor Paul Eagle said. MSP still expressed a desire to build its own Catholic sports club in the other corner of Kilbirnie Park, but had not asked for funding from the city council.
The Johnsonville Rugby Football Club is seeking applications for a Premier Reserves and a Colts coach for 2017. The ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate the following attributes: You can drive change/ You are a people’s person and can relate to people andplayers of all ages and cultures/You are technically sound and your understanding of the new-age game of rugby is extremely proficient/ You are hardworking and committed/ You want to embark on a growth opportunity. If you think you are the right person for one of these roles, please email your coaching CV and details to JRFCrugbycommittee@ gmail.com outlining which role you would be looking to take on.
Five Wellington referees have been selected in the 2017 NZ Rugby High Performance Referee Team. Ben O'Keeffe and Mike Fraser are in the fulltime professional squad, while Richard Gordon, Vincent Ringrose and Nick Hogan (new) are in the Development squad to referee matches such as Heartland Championship fixtures.
The inaugural GJ Gardner World Schools Sevens pilot event will take place next Saturday in Auckland. The boys teams are Australia, NZ Condors, NZ Maori, NZ Fijians, Samoan Barbarians and the Cook Islands. The girls teams are Australia, NZ Condors, NZ Wasps, Samoan Barbarians. The Wellington players in the NZ teams are: NZ Maori - Grayson Whitman (St Patricks Town). NZ Condors Boys - Billy Proctor (St Patricks Town). NZ Condors Girls - Chyene Copeland (St Marys College), Ayesha Leti-iga (Porirua College), Lyric Faleafaga (St Marys College), Dhys Faleafaga (St Marys College), Monica Tagoai (St Marys College and Ainsleyana Puleiata (St Marys College)
The Avalon Rugby Club is now seeking a new Club Development Officer that has recently been left vacant by the departing Scott Waldrom who has gone on to coach the New Zealand 7’s team. To succeed in this role you will need to have a proven track record of being able to self-manage, have the ability to think on your feet and have a sound knowledge of rugby at grass roots level and beyond. For a full Job Description and responsibilities please contact Glenn Kennedy by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him on 021 973522. The vacancy closes at 5:00pm on Friday 16 December 2016.
St Pat'S Town and NZ Secondary Schools centre Billy Proctor will play for Marist St Pat's in 2017 after being allocated to the club through the Wellington Rugby Academy programme. Billy has been one of the standout players in the very successful St Pat's rugby programme over the past few years and has played in a number of representative sides. Most recently he was named to train with the Wellington Men's Sevens team. He has just completed his final tournament with the college at the Condor 7s in Auckland where he was named in the tournament team. Read more here
The Wellington Axemen enjoyed a good day out at the Napier Old Boys Marist Invitational 7s on Saturday, reaching the Cup semi-finals. The Axemen beat the Havelock Fijians, Napier Pirate and Hastings Rugby and Sports to win our pool and make the cup semi-finals. They then lost that semi 19-14 to the Taranaki 7s compeitions winners, the Southern Sharks. Poneke won the bowl, Napier Pirate won the Plate, NOBM went on to win the cup. The next tournament for the Axemen and other Wellington clubs is the Hawke's Bay Club 7s on 18 February.
New photo galleries of this weekend's 2016 Weepu 7s tournament can be viewed at Photos across the top of this page. Look out for our Condor 7s galleries next weekend and then the Central Regional 7s qualifying tournament on 10 December.
TJ Perenara (Northern United) has been selected to start at halfback for the All Blacks in their final Test of 2016, against France in Paris this Sunday morning at 9.00am (NZT). Dane Coles (Poneke) and Julian and Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) are the other Wellington players in the 23 for this international. The All Blacks will be hunting their 44th win in their 57th Test against France.
Jackie Patea (Wainuiomata) has been called into the Black Ferns as an injury cover replacement for their final two tour matches in Dublin, Ireland, against Canada and Ireland.
Battered hooker Dane Coles (Poneke) will be wary of France after thrashing them in the World Cup quarter-final just over a year ago, at the end of a long season. Read more here
The Wellington Mens and Women's teams finished runners-up to Bay of Plenty sides at last weekend's Auckland 7s tournament, with Hayden Schrijvers (Upper Hutt Rams) the men's MVP, Esi Komaisavai (Northern United) the men’s top try scorer and Ayesha Leti’Iiga (Oriental-Rongotai) the women's top try-scorer. Read more here
The Wellington sevens team won all three of their matches on day one of the Auckland 7s on Saturday. Wellington beat Bay of Plenty 19-14, North Harbour East 26-12 and Northcote 14-0. The men's crossover matches and women's competition resumes on Sunday.
Earl Va’a has decided to step aside as Wellington Lions head coach. After two years at the helm of the Lions NPC squad, Va’a announced today he will not be seeking reappointment for 2017. Va’a, who is also Wellington Rugby’s high performance manager, said he remained passionate about the province and the Lions and had a strong desire to remain involved in the union. Chairman Iain Potter said the board respected Va’a’s decision and would be advertising immediately for a new Wellington Lions head coach for 2017.
OBU is seeking a Head Coach for our successful Division One Colts Team – OBU Green for 2017 onwards to build on the club’s recent success. The role covers the operational coaching and selection of the Colts Teams together with engagement in player recruitment & retention, developing team culture and building and maintaining relationships throughout the club and linked organisations such as WRFU, NZRU & NZ Universities. To apply, download the Expression of Interest form from www.oburugby.com Address enquiries to: OBU Club Coaching Coordinator, Dave Loveridge – email@example.com and Director of Rugby, Zak Feaunati - firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close Friday 2nd December at 10.00 am
The easy road for Xavier Numia would have been to sit out a lot of the first XV rugby season. Instead, the St Pat's Town prop played through the pain of an injured meniscus in one of this knees, which he suffered in just the second game of the season. It was still causing him pain as he collected the College Sport Wellington Rugby Player of the Year award on November 6, beating out team-mate Billy Proctor and Wellington College's Naitoa Ah Kuoi to the coveted prize. Read more here
The Wellington men's and women's sevens teams are in Auckland this weekend for the sixth annual Auckland 7s tournament on the North Shore. The Wellington men are the defending champions and the women finished third last year. Check back here over the next 2-3 days for a sevens player story and a tournament preview.
Dane Coles (Poneke) won the Wellingtonian of the Year award at Thursday night's Wellington awards. Coles captained the Hurricanes to their maiden Super Rugby title. Read more here
The re-scheduled WRFU Satellite Sevens tournament is set to run this Saturday on the upper fields of Porirua Park. More details coming later on Friday.
Several current or recent Wellington club rugby players have been selected in the Maori All Blacks to play Munster on Saturday morning (NZT). Included in the match-day squad are Leni Apisai (Northern United), Ben May (Old Boys University), Tim Bateman (Old Boys University), Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai), Ambrose Curtis (Oriental-Rongotai) and Chris Eves (Johnsonville).
Both the All Blacks and Black Ferns are represented in the World Rugby Player of the year awards with Dane Coles and Beauden Barrett nominated for the men’s award and Fiao’o Faamausili up for the women’s award. Read more here
Brooke Tauaneai (Wainuiomata High School) and Xavier Numia (St Pat's Town) hve won the College Sport Wellington rugby gongs at their end of year awards on Sunday night. Both props, Tauaneai made six appearances for the Wellington Pride this year and Numia played for the New Zealand Secondary School team in their internationals against Fiji and Australia.
Oriental-Rongotai left wing Julian Savea is set to play his 50th Test this Sunday morning at 9.00am (NZT) against Ireland in Chicago. Savea is joined by his brother Ardie Savea (Ories), TJ Perenara (Northern United) and Dane Coles (Poneke) in the match-day squad.
Wellington first five-eighth/fullback Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United) confirmed today that he is joining the Rebels. "I'm excited to sign my first Super Rugby contract, it's been a goal of mine for the last four of years since I left school to take the next step so I'm very happy that Melbourne has given me the opportunity," Garden-Bachop said. Read more here
The American Ambassador's WRFU Club Championship Sevens tournament is this Saturday at Mary Crowther Park, Wainuiomata. The draw and pools are set to be finalised on Friday morning. Check WRFU channels for more and re-visit here on Friday for our preview.
Reggie Goodes (Poneke) and Brad Shields (Petone) have been named to start for the Barbarians against the Springboks this coming weekend in London. Goodes and Shields are two of several current New Zealand players in the team to take the field the field at Wembley Stadium. For more read here
Upper Hutt Rams loose forward Murphy Taramai has been rewrded for a strong season with North Harbour with a Super Rugby contract with the Blues for 2017. The Head Coach of the Blues is Petone's Tana Umaga. Meanwhile, another former Upper Hutt Rams player, Kayne Hammington, has been selected for the Highlanders.
The College Sport Wellington Awards are this coming Sunday night. The rugby nominees are: Boys: Ropati So'oalo (Aotea College), Roy Maiava (Bishop Viard College), Teagan Harawira (Heretaunga College), Rielly Edwards (Hutt International), Ollie Wrigley (Hutt Valley High), Caleb Mareikura-Martin (Kapiti College), Caleb Cudby (Mana College), Jordan Sului (Naenae College), Grishin Muller (Onslow College), Tamakapua Hami-Cook (Otaki College), Konor Coan (Paraparaumu College), Tuiuli Tialia (Porirua College), Denzelle To'O (Rongotai College), Connor Garden-Bachop (Scots College), Matthew Mann (St Bernard's), Jarrod Harawira (Silverstream), Xavier Numia (St Pat's College, Town), Billy Proctor (St Pat's College, Town), Jonsey Elekana-Tuuga (Tawa College), Carter Fincham (Upper Hutt College), Tanara Haenga (Wainuiomata High), Naitoa Ah Kuoi (Wellington College). Girls: Eve Siania (Aotea College), Caitlyn Lewin (Hutt Valley High), Kiki Tahere-Porter (Kapiti College), Milly Mackey (Newlands), Renee Marshall (Paraparaumu College), Ayesha Leti (Porirua College), Bernadine Solo (St Catherine's College), Monica Tagoai (St Mary's College), Tyra Misky (Tawa College), Anita Vailalo (Upper Hutt College), Brooke Tauaneai (Wainuiomata High), Taimane Siaosi (Wellington East)
View the 2017 Hurricanes squad here
View Photos across the top of this page to view new photo galleries from the weekend, including the WRFU Women's and Village Kings 10-a-side tournaments.
A WRFU Women's Sevens tournament is tomorrow at Ian Galloway Park. The six teams entered are: Oriental-Rongotai, Marist St Pat's, Northern United, Old Boys University, Hutt Old Boys Marist and Avalon. Three rounds of Pool matches start at 9.00am and conclude at approximately 12.30pm. The Bowl Final is at 1.15pm, the Plate Final is at 1.32pm and the Cup Final is at 1.49pm.
Former Upper Hutt Rams hooker Anaru Rangi won the Australian NRC title with his Perth Spirit side over the weekend. Rangi added impetus off the bench in his side's upset 20-16 win over the NSW Country Eagles. Read more here
The Wellington U15s Condor 7s tournament is being at Naenae College this coming Saturday, running from 9.15am-3pm. A dozen teams have confirmed their entry, with the winner representing Wellington at the National Condor 7s U15 tournament in Auckland in early December.
Wellington Football club lock/flanker Vaea Fifita has been named as a standby player for the All Blacks for their end of year European tour. Read the squad annoncement here
Marist St Pat's will have new Premier coaches in 2017. The two-time beaten Jubilee Cup finalists have appointed former successful U85kg team coach and this year's Harper Lock Shield coach Andrew Robinson and former Cup winner and Hurricanes lock Bernie Upton who has spent this year on the OBU coaching staff. The pair take over from Ross Bond and Brendan Reidy. Read more here
Following the cancellation of last Saturday’s Satellite Sevens tournament, the local season has been re-jigged. The following dates are now in play:
View the Wellington and North Harbour teams in our Draws & Results section here
Oriental-rongotai supporter Bobby Gates, who passed away this week, was an ever vocal and loyal supporter of his Ories team, always on the sideline shouting for his team whenever his health allowed. Bobby will be forever missed and fondly remembered by all at the club and many in the Wellington club rugby community. He was a regular contributor to our website, making his support known on the Draws & Results pages each week.
The Wellington Football Club (The Axemen) are looking to appoint Head Coaches for both their Premier and U21 Colts teams for 2017. Premier Coach focused on forward play preferred. Building on their great success and growth over the last few years they are looking to go further and challenge for silverware in these two elite grades. Enquiries to Chairman, Jason Judd 021 280 2514 / email@example.com, or Club Captain, Walker Manaena 021 768 533 / firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 October.
The Wellington Lions will host North Harbour in their Men's NPC Championship semi-final next Saturday afternoon at Westpac Stadium. Top qualifier Otago host Bay of Plenty in the other in Dunedin on Friday night.
Salesi Rayasi (Upper Hutt Rams) will make his Lions debut on the left wing when Wellington play Waikato in the final round of their Men's NPC campaign at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
He is one of eight changes to the team that started against Taranaki last Sunday,in one of Wellington's worst ever losses. A product of St Pats Silverstream, Rayasi will follow in the footsteps of his father Filipe who represented Wellington on the wing as well as being capped 13 times for Fiji between 1994 and 1997. View the competiton Draws & Results here
The WRFU award nominess have been announced for 2016. For more read here
The trial breakdown laws introduced to domestic rugby this year have been red carded. New Zealand Rugby high performance referee manager Rod Hill confirmed the trial breakdown laws used in the Men's NPC have been dumped by World Rugby although there would not be a total return to the old laws around the breakdown. The trial involving six-point tries and two-point penalties, used in the Heartland Championship this year, has also been dumped. The big change at the breakdown is the ''fetcher'' will be allowed back into the game and there will be more of a breakdown contest. Read more here
The 2016 15s community rugby season draws to a close tomorrow with the Wellington Development side playing the final match of their campaign against Tasman Development. Kick-off at Jerry Collins Stadium at Porirua Park is at 12.00pm.
Otago is back in charge of its own destiny in the Men's NPC after Manawatu scored a convincing win over Wellington last night. Manawatu beat Wellington 50-28 to put itself back into contention for the semi-finals.With the result, Otago stays on top of the Championship on 29 points. Wellington could have gone top with a win. Wellington is also on 29 points, but Otago stays top as it won the match between the two teams. Manawatu is third on 20 points. Otago no longer has to rely on other results to finish top of the ladder and gain home advantage for the playoffs. Read more here
Some details of WRFU club Sevens tournaments coming up have been released. There are three Sevens tounrnaments this year, wth a Satelitte [warm-up] tournament at Porirua Park on 15 October followed by two Ambassador Sevens tournaments on Saturday 5 November at Mary Crowther Park, Wainuiomata and Saturday 26 November at nearby William Jones Park. It appears that the second tournament doubles as the annual Piri Weepu Sevens event. Details TBC.
The Petone RFC is seeking applications for coaches for 2017 for its senior grades - Premier, Premier Reserve, Colts and U85kgs teams seeking coaches. For more contact CCO James Porter on email@example.com or on the phone at 027 9136701
For the first time since 2006, Horowhenua-Kapiti’s Under 16 team will contest the final of the Saracens Cup in the Hurricanes U16 Tournament. Horowhenua-Kapiti will play the unbeaten Wellington Development team in the 2016 Division B Saracens Cup Final. In Division A, Manawatu will look to reverse their earlier round-robin loss, as they look to claim the Don Broughton Shield. Hawke's Bay and Poverty Bay in the play-off for third place in Division A.
The schedule of matches today is:
Robbie Fruean has linked with his old New Zealand coaches at English club Bath. He will move north once he completes his stint with Hawke's Bay in the NPC. Kiwi coaches Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson are making a rapid impression at Bath, who sit third on the English Premiership table with three wins and a loss from the opening month. Fruean is held in high regard by the coaching duo who returned him to the Crusaders in 2015 and 2016 after a deal with the Chiefs was blighted by illness. Fruean started with the Hurricanes in 2009.
Wellington Rugby and Losi Filipo have mutually agreed to the termination of his contract. Filipo today withdrew himself from the Wellington Lions 2016 Men's NPC squad in a move he hopes will go some way toward helping the victims of his assault move on with their lives. With support from his representative and the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association Filipo approached Wellington Rugby this afternoon seeking a release from his playing contract and, after discussions the parties agreed that the termination of his contract was the best outcome for all parties.
Tuesday's tournament results:
UPDATED: The Hurrcanes Youth Council U16 tournament is being played in Palmerston North this week. The Don Broughton Shield (Division A) and Saracens Cup (Dvision B) are the two prizes up for grabs for the Wellington A and Wellington Development teams.
Monday's results were: Division A (Don Broughton Shield): Wellington A - 45 Poverty Bay 3 and Manawatu 28 – Hawke’s Bay 22 Division B (Saracens Cup): Wairarapa-Bush 44 – Wanganui 8; Horowhenua-Kapiti 47 – East Coast 8; Wellington Development 62 – Hawke’s Bay Development
Northland's search for a Men's NPC win comes back to the last ground on which they tasted victory. They take on an in-form Wellington at Toll Stadium in what shapes to be a decisive fixture. Despite not registering a win so far in 2016, the Taniwha could still make the playoffs......all they need to do is simply win every one of their four remaining matches. That begins with a clash against Wellington who are running second in the Championship. They're coming off the back of a 24-10 win over Bay of Plenty, a side that beat Northland just two weeks ago 52-25. Read more here
The venues haven't been released yet, but the dates and opposition for the Hurricanes' 2017 campaign have been. Hurricanes fans can look forward to eight Investec Super Rugby home matches in 2017 as well as a fixture British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium - which should be against the Wellington Lions not a Super Rugby side. The Hurricanes will host three New Zealand derby matches - against the Highlanders (March 18), Chiefs (June 9) and Crusaders (July 15) and five inter-conference games. Other home games will include the Rebels (March 4), Waratahs (April 7), and the 2016 Australian Conference winning Brumbies (April 21) followed by the South African Conference winning Stormers (May 5) and the Cheetahs (May 20).
More photo galleries have added to the 'Representative' folder in the Photos section above. More to come.
Big brother Julian Savea has long known that little brother Ardie was destined to be something special. The signs were obvious from as far back as Julian can remember. What struck him as unusual was that there was a four-year age gap between them and yet Ardie would be out on the field with him every week when they were kids. "There wasn't a particular game but just the fact he kept playing on my team which was about three years older than what his age was," says Savea senior of when he first realised the talent his younger sibling possessed. read more here
Several well known players will take the field for Bay of Plenty this evening against the Wellington Lions. Former Wellington club players in the Steamers' line-up include Solomona Sakalia (MSP), James O'Reilly (HOBM), Shahn Eru (Wainui), Henry Stowers (Wainui), Luke Campbell (OBU) and Ruki Tipuna (Poneke). The match kicks off at the made for Sky TV unfriendly time for children to who are the next generation of fans to attend time of 7.45pm.
Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) is set to start at openside flanker for the All Blacks against the Springboks in Christchurch on Saturday night, replacing Sam Cane. In one other change, Lima Sopoaga (Old Boys University) replaces Aaron Cruden on the bench.
Do you have what it takes? Northern United are currently reviewing all coaching roles within the club for 2017. and seek interested personnel for coaching and managing the following teams: Premiers, Premier Reserves, Colts, First Grade and Women’s teams. If you have the skills to assist Norths please email your interests to NURFC – chairman Mr Eddie Ellison your application by 5.00pm Tuesday 20th September 2016 – eddie@ellisonFinance.co.nz
Maori All Blacks Head Coach Colin Cooper has announced the coaching and management team for the Maori All Blacks' 2016 northern tour at the end of this year. Former All Blacks captain and Blues Head Coach Tana Umaga has been appointed Assistant Coach and former All Blacks prop and Waikato Forwards Coach Carl Hoeft has been appointed Assistant Forwards Coach.
Hurricanes, Wellington Lions and Upper Hutt Rams fullback Jason Woodward is to join Englsh side Bristol in November. The 26 year-old – who is equally adept at full back or wing – has made 43 appearances in Super Rugby for Melbourne Rebels and the Hurricanes, notching 252 points. Read more here
Scott Waldrom is a step closer to achieving his dream job of coaching the New Zealand Sevens team. The position is currently being advertised and Waldrom says his CV is in the mail. "I am really keen to be involved in any capacity really. Only time will tell if New Zealand Rugby see me as part of their future plans." The job became vacant after Sir Gordon Tietjens stepped down after New Zealand finished out of the medals at the Rio Olympics. Read more here
UPDATE: Manawatu hosted Wellington U19 in the Central Region Shield decider in Palmerston North on Saturday, with Wellingtn winning 38-13. , Listen to Gordon Noble-Campbell's and Sam Doyle's commentary on Te Upoko here
Oriental Rongotai Football Club (Ories) is seeking applications for the Head Coach of the Premier Men's Team for 2017. Ories have a proud history of success at all levels of representative rugby as well as creating opportunities for our players to achieve higher honours. The Head Coach needs to have outstanding leadership and management skills, effective talent identification and development systems and the ability to build strong relationships and trust with players and all key stakeholders. They also seeking someone who has role strong empathy for the values that underpin the club. A Job description and application form can be obtained by contacting Ories Chairperson Suzanne Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org . Applications close on Wednesday 21st September at 12pm.
The Wellington Pride were defeated 37-5 by competition hot-shots Counties Manukau in their sixth round Women's NPC fixture on Friday night. The Pride were overhwelmed by a big, physical Heat pack and some aggessive defence that put them on the back foot. The Heat scored four unconverted tries and led 20-0 at halftime, extending this further after the interval.
Wellington captain Brad Shields will shift to openside in a reshuffled Lions loose forward trio for Friday’s NPC match against Counties-Manukau. Lions head coach Earl Va’a has made just one personnel change to his run-on team for the inaugural Jonah Tali Lomu Memorial Trophy match in Pukekohe. Lock Sam Lousi returns to the starting team alongside Isaia Walker-Leawere in the second row, with Hoani Matenga reverting to No 8 where he played in the season opener against Hawke’s Bay, and Shields wearing the No 7 shirt for the first time in 2016. The other feature of the Lions squad is the return from injury of prop Reggie Goodes and lock Mark Reddish via the reserves bench.
Hutt Old Boys Marist, home of the Ed Chaney Cup and the Women's Division 2 championship trophy, are inviting management and coaching appplicants for its following teams: Premier, Premier Reserve, Women's, First Grade, Colts and U85kg. Please send current rugby CV and team you are applying for to Josh Syms at email@example.com or phone 027 2035305. Applications close 16 September.
Wellington's St Mary's College missed out 29-46 to Southland Girls' High School in the Girls Top 4 National final on Sunday in Palmerston North. Southland were fast out of the blocks and raced to a 22-0 lead. St Mary's came back into the match later in the second half but it was too much for them to overcome. Read more here
Next week's Men’s NPC fixture between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Wellington Lions on Friday 9 September in Pukekohe will have a special touch. Both sides will be honouring the life of Jonah Lomu, by playing in the inaugural Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy Match. Lomu was a proud Counties and Wellington man and he was a stand out for both provincial unions. He played 28 games for Counties Manukau between 1994-1999 and 21 games for Wellington between 2000-2003. The “Number 11” Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy will go on the line every time Counties Manukau and Wellington meet in the future.
Wellington's St Mary's College have qualified for Sunday's national Top 4 final, beating two-time defending champions Hamilton Girls' High School 22-17 in today's semi-finals. They will play Southland Girls' High School in the final (kick-off noon Sunday) after their 43-24 win over Kaipara College.
Zeke Sopoaga and older brother Lima are both set to line up for the Southland Stags against Auckland in Invercargill on Friday night. The first five-eighth has been released from the All Blacks to play for Southland against Auckland and will start at fullback in the round three game. Zeke has been named on the bench as the brothers prepare to play in the same team together. While Wellington is home for the two brothers after growing up in the capital, it will be in the maroon jersey of Southland that they get to play their first top-flight provincial game together. Read more here
OBU is seeking a Head Coach of our Premier team for 2017 onwards to build on the club’s recent success.bThe role covers the operational coaching and selection of the Premier team together with engagement in player recruitment & retention, developing team culture and building and maintaining relationships throughout the club and linked organisations such as WRFU, NZRU & NZ Universities. To apply, download the Expression of Interest form from www.oburugby.com Address enquiries to: OBU Club Coaching Coordinator, Dave Loveridge – firstname.lastname@example.org And Director of Rugby, Zak Feaunati - email@example.com. Applications close Friday 9 September at 10.00 am
Sixteen teams from around New Zealand are competing at Massey High School in Auckland this week at the National U15 tournament. Teams play six matches in five days, making one of the toughest weeks in secondary school rugby. St Pat's Town will lead Wellington's challenge, after winning the Father Gus Hill Cup at St Pat's Silverstream, beating the home side 26-24.
Both teams have been named for Thursday night's Men's NPC second round and Mike Gibson Memorial Trophy match between Otago and Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Both sides welcome back players from the Highlanders and Hurricanes. See the teams here
Wallabies defence coach Nathan Grey says his team's problems in his area can be easily fixed and the weekend flogging by the All Blacks will fuel their fire for Saturday's return clash in Wellington. Australia conceded six tries and missed a whopping 38 tackles in the 42-8 in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney. Read more here
Some new photo galleries have been added today from the weekend's club, First XV and represetnatve rugby. More coming on Monday. View Photos across the top of this page for more.
Nine new caps are the feature of a new-look Wellington Lions squad named to play Hawke’s Bay in round one of the NPC in Napier on Saturday. New players are Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke), Chris Baumann, Sam Lousi, Galu Taufale (Poneke), Asafo Aumua (Avalon), Alex Fidow (Ories), Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata), Kane Leaupepe (Ories) and Pakai Turia (Poneke).
St Mary's College beat Aotea College 27-10 in an exciting seven-try final at Jerry Collins Stadium in front of several hundred spectators to take out the 2016 Wellington WelTec Girls Rugby Premiership. Next Saturday they play Feilding High School in the Hurricanes Girls final. Watch video highlights of the final here
Listen to the full commentary of Sunday's WelTec Premiership First XV final between Wellington College (12) and St Pat's Town (9) by the team at Te Upoko (1161AM) here
The 2016 Wellington Secondary School Girls Final is this Wednesday at Jerry Collins Stadium at 6.30pm betweeen Aotea College and St Mary's College. The curtain-raiser at 5pm is the Premier 2 (10s) finals between Wanuiomata High School and St Catherine's College. The winner of the Aotea - St Mary's match meets Feilding High School in Palmerston North in the Hurricanes region final on 27 August.
Congratulations to the Tawa Titans for going back to back in the U85kg Division 1 Paul Potiki Shield, beating Johnsonville 16-5 in the final.
A Wellington XV defeated defending champions Canterbury in Christchurch in a National Provincal Championship pre-season outing in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. Scores: Wellington XV 43 [Isaia Walker-Leaware, Losi Filipo, Asafo Aumua, Wes Goosen, Chris Baumann, Valentine Meachen, Shaun Treeby tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop 2 con, Sheridan Rangihuna 2 con]
Cantabrians 14 [Reed Prinsep, Marshall Suckling tries; Ben Volavola con, Jordie Barrett con] HT: 17-7 at Rugby Park, Christchurch.
Twenty-one members of the Canterbury NPC named on Tuesday will take part in the Cantabrians match against A Wellington XV tomorrow. This will be the final game for the Cantabrians squad before the competition kicks off next week. The game will be played at Christchurch’s Rugby Park at 2pm, and it is free for the public to attend.
On this day two years ago Reece Plumtree and his family moved back to New Zealand after periods in South Africa and Ireland. Life could hardly be better. Dad John Plumtree has just helped the Hurricanes win their maiden Super Rugby title while Reece and his younger brother Taine Plumtree (Wellington U16’s) will line-up for Wellington College in Sunday’s WelTec Premiership final against St. Pats Town at Jerry Collins Stadium. Read more here
Re-live this year's Hardham Cup final commentary from Friday night, as Hutt Old Boys Marist defeated Petone 17-5. Listen here This coming Sunday's WelTec Premiership final between Wellington College and St Pat's Town will also be broadcast live on Te Upoko on 1161AM.
Re-live the 2016 Jubilee Cup final through the Radio Sport commentary team. Listen here
The Hurricanes were celebrating their maiden Super Rugby title win at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday night. The Hurricanes won the final, and the finals series, wth a massive defensive effort. Scores: Hurricanes 20 (Cory Jane, eauden Barrett tries; Barrett 2 pens, 2 cons)
Lions 3 (Elton Jantjies pen) Halftime: 10-3.
The Festival series starts this coming weekend. Training for the Barbarians team commences on Tuesday 9th August, 6pm @ Petone Rugby Club. Any questions please contact Team Manager - Grant Wall, 021 034 3028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Wellington XV defeated the Manawatu Turbos squad 33-26 in a National Provincial warm-up match in Feilding on Sunday afternoon.
The Wellington Pride have pushed defending champions the Auckland Storm close in today's Farah Palmer Cup Women's NPC decider. Missing several players and up against a Black Ferns-laced Storm side, the Pride missed out 27-34 after leading 20-15 at halftime. Scores: Auckland 34 (Onjeurlina Leiataua, Charmaine McMenamin, Lydia Crossman 2, Fiao'o Fa'amausili 2 tries; Emma Jensen 2 con) Wellington Pride 27 (Joanah Ngan-Woo, Fa'asua Makisi, Acacia Te Iwimate tries; Amanda Rasch 3 con, 2 pen).
The Manawatu Turbos Coaching Staff have named a strong side ahead fo their clash at Feilding's Jonhnston Park against Wellington on Sunday. Hunter Prescott comes into the front row, New signing Kane Thompson comes into the lock. Curtis Reid will start at centre with Hamish Northcott inside and Matt Fuenati, Luther Hirini and Ambrose Curtis completing the backs. Read more here
The financial success of the Hurricanes' season is already assured - all that's left is one last victory on the paddock. Hosting the Lions in Saturday's sold-out Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium will see the franchise post a tidy profit, on the back of home quarter and semifinals over the past two weeks. Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee wouldn't talk figures, but confirmed the playoff run was very much worth its while.Almost 18,000 attended the quarterfinal against the Sharks, with the Chiefs semifinal attracting 25,600. More than 34,000 are expected on Saturday, despite the forecast again making outdoor viewing an unappealing prospect. Read more here
A group of secondary school girls will be involved in the nine provincial squads in this year’s Farah Palmer Cup Women’s NPC rugby competition, starting this weekend. College Sport Media’s first profile is with Brooke Tauaneai, who has been selected in the Wellington Pride squad after a storming season playing for the champion Wainuiomata senior club side. Read more here
The times and days weekend's bucqui Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup finals have been confirmed. The Hardham Cup will be played at the Hutt Recreation Ground on Friday night at 7pm and the Jubilee Cup will kick-off at Jerry Collins Stadium at Porirua Park at 2pm Saturday.
Tawa No. 8 Peniasi Tokakece is this year's Billy Wallace Trophy Best and Fairest competition winner, earning his third Player of the Match accolade in his last four matches on Saturday. With the final to come this coming weekend against Marist St Pat's he can't be headed.
The Wellington players named in the All Blacks squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship series are: Dane Coles (Poneke), Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) and Julian Savea (Oriental-Rongotai). Former Wellington player Lima Sopoaga (Old Boys University) is also in this squad.
A host of new players get their chance to impress as the Tasman Makos High Performance XV prepares to take on its Welllington counterpart in their pre-season representative rugby clash at Evans Bay Park in Wellington on Wednesday. It's the second of three pre-season matches for the Makos, having already beaten the Counties Manukau Cavaliers 29-22 at Papakura in June. Kick off is at 1.30pm on Wednesday. Read more here
Read about Wairarapa-College's 7-3 upset of last year's beaten Top Four finalists Scots College in the quarter-finals of the Wellington competition on Saturday here
The Hurricanes will meet the Lions in next Saturday's Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium, after beatin the Chiefs 25-9 on Saturday night. An official word on how this affects the scheduling of this weekend's Wellington Premier and Premier 2 club rugby finals is expected by the WRFU later today.
Afa Fa'atau (Oriental-Rongotai) and Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams) set the scene by scoring the first two tries in North Harbour's NPC pre-season 64-10 home win over Northland on Friday night. Read more here
With a twinkle in his eye, a grin as wide as his sidestep, and pace and skill to kill, Damian McKenzie has taken Super Rugby by storm this year, and is now gearing up for the biggest game of his career in Saturday night's Super Rugby semifinal against the Hurricanes in Wellington. The 21-year-old dynamo has been the architect of so many Chiefs attacks this year, featuring so brilliantly in their up-tempo game, among the competition's best in several stats categories, and is coming off a man-of-the-match 25-point haul in the quarterfinal win over the Stormers in Cape Town. Read more here
Congratulations to OBU Bunnies player Matt Hall-Smith who is set to play his 100th match for this team tomorrow at Nairnville Park against Eastbourne in the Paul Potiki Shield U85kg Division 1 competition. Hall-Smith started playing for the team in 2011 and has rarely missed a match since.
Congratulations to Northern United midfielder Siaosi Anamani for reaching the milestone of 150 Premier club rugby appearances when he took the field late in the match against Petone. Anamani, a former NZ U19 and Manawatu NPC player, will come off the bench in tomorrow's Hardham Cup semi-final against Petone at Porirua Park
Francis Douglas Memorial College beat traditional foes St Bernard's College of Wellington 77-12 in New Plymouth yesterday.
The homeside got out to a 43-0 lead at the break with three tries coming within the first 10 minutes of play.
St Bernard's defence lacked throughout the game, however they managed to score two tries in the second half as their structure improved.
Francis Douglas wing Chris Balsom scored two tries in the win.
The three Women's representative teams for 2016; the Wellington Pride, Wellington Pride Development, and Wellington Under 18 Girl's, have been named today. New to the Women's representative programme this year is the Wellington Pride Development team. This team has been established to help support the Wellington Pride, and will allow players on the cusp of selection play regular representative rugby. Read more and view the teams here
Visit Photos above to view several new photo galleries from the weekend of rugby just played. Hardham Cup, Jubilee Cup and Super Rugby photos this week.
The top-qualifying Hurricanes will next weekend host the Chiefs in Wellington, while the defending champion Highlanders will travel to Johannesburg for an encounter with the Lions in next weekend's Investec Super Rugby semi-finals. Read more here
UPDATE: Six recent Wellington club rugby players have been named in this year's Bay of Plenty Steamers National Provincial Championship (NPC) squad, including Luke Campbell (Old Boys University) as one of three contracted halfbacks and Ruki Tipuna (Poneke) as another. The other four Steamers NPC players in 2016 are prop Solomona Sakalia (Marist St Pat's), lock Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata), loose forward Henry Stowers (Wainuiomata) and outside back Chase Tiatia (Hutt Old Boys Marist). Wellington plays BoP at home on 16 September.
From the stats desk. The Hurricanes are poised to become just the second New Zealand team to notch the milestone of 150 Super Rugby wins if they can prevail over the Sharks tomorrow night. The number of wins of each NZ franchise thus far is: Crusaders 200 wins (in 299 matches), Hurricanes 149 (278), Blues 148 (278), Chiefs 146 (279) and Highlanders 134 (279). Community rugby is. of course, where its at, but good luck to our four Super Rugby teams in the quarter-finals!
Doctors have told a Wellington rugby player his playing days are over. Johnsonville Hawks' player, Irisa Ta'ala, 33, clutched his chest in agony as he suffered a heart attack early in the second half of Saturday's 22-15 defeat to Paremata-Plimmerton. Ta'ala, who had previously represented Samoa at age group level - has been forced to contemplate life without rugby in it: "I'm not really happy [about it], but I have to listen to the specialist," he said. "He came to see me [yesterday] and said no more rugby."The club said Ta'ala was the family's main breadwinner, and asked anyone wishing to help to deposit a koha to the bank account number 01 0519 0070195 00, and reference "Reza". Read more here
kick-off times will be brought forward this coming Saturday (23 July) due to the Hurricanes v Sharks Super Rugby Quarter Final. All grades will continue to play next Saturday, however, kick-off times will be 12:30pm and 2:15pm.
The OBU Green Colts side beat Marist St Pat's Blue 33-7 (provisional score, TBC) at Te Whaea on Friday night to maintain their steely grip on the top of the John E Kelly Colts competition and also all but qualify for the semi-finals with two rounds to spare. OBU are guaranteed to end the weekend as leaders, but Poneke can take second if they beat Wellington this afternoon with a bonus point. Other contenders Tawa have the weekend off after being defaulted to by HOBM Green.
The Hurricanes U18s beat the Crusaders U18s 64-20 in their one-off representative match in Christchurch today.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes beat the Crusaders 35-10 in the senior clash this evening. Hurricanes 35 (Jason Woodward, TJ Perenara, Willis Halaholo, Cullum Gibbins, Beauden Barrett; Barrett 4 con)Crusaders 10 (Ryan Crotty try; Richie Mo'unga con, pen) . HT: 14-10.
UPDATE: Former Warriors league player Sam Lousi has quit the Waratahs Super Rugby franchise and signed with the Hurricanes. Lousi, who was brought to Sydney by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, but his rugby development has been hampered by injuries. Lousi is also playing for the Wellington Lions in the NPC before linking up with the Canes. He will be the second ex-Warriors in the Hurricanes ranks after centre Ngami Laumape joined Chris Boyd's team this season. Read more here
The Hurricanes Youth Council Representative Referee Squad has been chosen 2016 representative rugby season: Referee are: Stu Catley (Hawkes Bay), Jamie Fairmaid (Wellington), Alistair Payne (Wairarapa-Bush), Daniel Mangin (Wellington), Sam Couper (Manawatu), Matthew McEwen (Manawatu) For more read here
The Hurricanes Youth Council's U18 side has been named. 23 of the Hurricanes region’s top under 18 years of age rugby players, have been selected to form the squad to play a Crusaders Region Under 18 Team at Christchurch’s Rugby Park this Saturday. Read more here
Avalon Wolves club coach Jason Aitken was stood down for "several weeks" after an incident at a schools match on July 2. Aitken was coaching the St Bernard's College under-55 kg side, but his ban curtails any involvement with Avalon as well. Read more here
Ross Kennedy may have retired from his professional rugby career, but his passion for the game remains.Kennedy's journey back to Christchurch Metro has been a special homecoming, allowing him to play under his father Adrian Kennedy for Marist-Albion. Being coached by his father is something Kennedy is accustomed to. Kennedy, 33, was a Junior All Black in 2005 and played 28 Super Rugby games for the Hurricanes and one for the Crusaders. Read more here
A Junior Wellington Lions 35-player training squad has been released ahead of the third annual national tournament in Taupo. They have two warm-up games, before central qualifying tournament games against the Hurricanes, Hawke's Bay and Manawatu U19s to determine seedings for Taupo. Last year they won this before being crushed by Taranaki in their opener. Dates for their matches are:
Oriental-Rongotai coach Mason Lawrence has been banned for six weeks for referee abuse. Read more about the incident here
New photos galleries are being added to the website. Visit Photos above to view these and existiing ones.
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has praised his side's character and composure after they qualified for the Investec Super Rugby playoffs with a come from behind 28-17 win over the Waratahs in Sydney. The win means the Hurricanes have secured one of the Australasian Conference's three wildcard spots in the playoffs with a week of the regular season to spare. Boyd's side will now reset their focus on beating the Crusaders in Christchurch next Saturday and the possibility of winning the NZ Conference and gaining a home quarterfinal at Westpac Stadium. Scorers: Hurricanes 28 (Beauden Barrett, Cory Jane, Julian Savea tries, Barrett 3 pen, 2 con) Waratahs 17 (Taqele Naiyaravoro, Israel Folau tries, Bernard Foley 2 con, pen). HT: 11-10. Read more here
UPDATE: There's a couple of matches being played tonight under lights. U85kg Division 1 teams Johnsonville and Horowhenua Kapiti meet at Alex Moore Park at 7.35pm and in the Hutt First Grade sides Avalon and HOBM clash at Fraser Park Artificial at 7.35pm.
Congratulations to Wainuiomata prop Norm Fa'aliga for reaching the milestone of 150 Premier matches tomorrow. Fa'aliga starts at loosehead prop for the green and blacks in their home match against Oriental-Rongotai at Wlliam Jones Park. He will mark anther 150 game player, Whetu Henry. He has been part of the Wainuiomata club over the past decade as they have risen from Senior 1 [Premier Reserve] status, to the Hardham Cup and on to be Jubilee Cup contenders in recent seasons.
The Positive Sidelines Initiative involving Wellington Rugby will see a series of campaigns launched under the slogan Support Our Teams But Keep It Clean. This weekend all Wellington junior club teams will be issued with a supporter’s scorecard whereby an appointed sideline ambassador will rank the conduct of the opposing team’s spectators out of 10.Categories include attitude toward the referee, loud and positive cheering and overall atmosphere with prizes at the end of the season for teams with the highest overall score.
Several new photo galleries have been added from the weekend of rugby just played. View Photos above.
Wellington College and Christ's College will meet in the final of the annual Quadrangular tournament on Wednesday after wins in the opening matches of the tournament today. Wellingtn College held out Wanganui Collegiate 18-8, while Christ's College defeated Nelson College 41-13.
Vaea Fifita (Wellington Axemen) scored two tries for the Hurricanes last night as they beat the Blues. Scores: Hurricanes 37 (Vaea Fifita 2, Reggie Goodes, Dane Coles tries; Beauden Barrett 4 con, 3 pen) Blues 27 (Jerome Kaino 2, Kara Pryor tries; Piers Francis 3 con, 2 pen). HT: 17-24.
The final round of regular season women's matches was played last night in fine, cold conditions. Wainuiomata beat Northern United 19-10 to qualify top and they will host Norths again next week in one semi-finals. Ories beat Avalon 94-3 and will host OBU in the other. Hutt Old Boys Marist will play Johnsonville-Tawa in one Division 2 semi-final while Marist St Pat's will play Poneke in the other. Visit Draws & Results above for more [Victoria Tavern/Senior Women's, third tab down in competition menu].
The Otago Daily Times reports today: "Former New Zealand secondary school's midfielder Thomas Umaga-Jensen has been sidelined with a hip injury this season. He received medical clearance and got some game time for a University Colts side last weekend."
The Wellington Lions foundations just got stronger with Stonewood Homes signing on as the NPC team’s front of jersey sponsor for the next three years. Wellington Rugby’s partnership with Stonewood Homes brings together two organisations with the common goal of becoming the best in their respective fields.
Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) has signed a two-year contract with Toshiba, but will be back in Hurricanes colours in 2017. Jane will head to Japan at the conclusion of the 2016 Investec Super Rugby season where he will join former All Blacks Richard Kahui and Liam Messam as well as Chiefs No 8 Michael Leitch at the Brave Lupus. The move means the 33-year-old will miss the Wellington Lions 2016 and 2017 NPC campaigns. He has played 65 first-class matches for Wellington.
Hutt Valley High School have won the Wellington region Coed Cup final, beating Wainuiomata High School 24-13 in the final at the Hutt Rec this evening. Elsewhere at Jerry Collins Stadium, Bishop Viard College defeated Tawa College 21-20 to retain the Beard Trophy for the summer.
The Wainuiomata and Hutt Valley High School 1st XV’s meet at the Hutt Rec at 6.00pm in the Coed Cup final with the winner also progressing to the Hurricanes regional qualifiers for the National Coed Top 4. Elsewhere Tawa College mounts the last challenge for the Beard Trophy when they take on holders Bishop Viard at the JCS at 5.30pm.
Wainuiomata sent a warning to their rugby rivals with a 51-20 demolition of the Upper Hutt Rams on Saturday. The win was built around their enormous forward pack, which was just too big and strong for the under-strength Rams. It quickly became clear that the Wainuiomata scrum would be the telling factor. Read more here
Making an appearance at Evans Bay Park yesterday, OBU's new masct Billy Goat. Unfortunately Billy couldn't help his side to victory like Smeagle the Eagle did in the 2014 Jubilee Cup for HOBM.
Visit photos above for some new photos being added throughout the day and evening from the weekend's action. Still to come, photos from Maidstone and Lyndhurst Parks, the Hut Rec, Scots College and more.
Today marks 50 years that Wellington famously defeated the British and Irish Lions 20-6. The previously year they had defeated the Springboks 23-6.
Westpac Stadium to host Heartland curtain raiser Horowhenua-Kapiti and Wairarapa Bush are set to play a unique curtain raiser before the Wellington Lions Mitre 10 Cup match against North Harbour on Wellington’s two closest provincial neighbours will meet during the first official Mitre 10 Heartland Championship match at Westpac Stadium. Follow the upcoming NZ provincial season on Club Rugby, covering the game from the ground up.
News and profile article with St Kentigern College halfback Carlos Price, currently playing in the Auckland 1A competition and heading to Wellington in 2017 to join the WRFU Academy. Read more here
The Hurricanes meet in the Rebels on Thursday in Melbourne. The squad is: James Marshall, Cory Jane, Matt Proctor, Vince Aso, Jason Woodward, Otere Black, Te Toirora Tahuriorangi, Victor Vito, Hugh Renton, Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa, Mark Abbott, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Ricky Riccitelli, Reggie Goodes.Reserves: James O’Reilly, Loni Uhila, Chris Eves, Hisa Sasagi, Ben May, Geoff Cridge, James Blackwell, Jamison Gibson-Park, Shaun Treeby, Willis Halaholo, Wes Goosen. Kick off: 8pm (NZT). Unavailable to travel: Vaea Fifita, Blade Thomson, Callum Gibbins, Ngani Laumape, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Nehe Milner-Skudder.
Wainuiomata rugby coach Justin Wilson is confident he has the team to win the Jubilee Cup. That is a big call for a side that on Saturday lost 42-37 to Old Boys University but Wilson believes he has the players to win the silverware. OBU have played well all season and Wilson felt it was a game that could have gone either way."She was a great game of football with 80 odd points in the game. We just came out on the wrong side of the ledger." With a playing roster that includes two New Zealand Under 20s –TJ Va'a and Peter Umaga-Jensen - and a number who have played for the Lions, Wainuiomata has plenty of depth. Fore more read here
Dave Lintott shot the action at the Test in Wellington last night, won 36-22 by the All Blacks. Here Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) outgasses the Welsh defence to score a hugely popular try.
New Zealand Rugby has partnered with Statistics NZ to try to determine whether the lasting impacts of concussions while playing rugby increase the risk of dementia. The project is in its early stages but NZ Rugby hopes the findings will provide "robust answers to that critical question". NZ Rugby will use official data to compare the rates of dementia among players who played high-level rugby in New Zealand between 1950 and 1970 and those who did not. Read more here
Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) has won the Wellington Sportsman of the Year award for this year. The 34-year-old was instrumental in New Zealand's run to the Rugby World Cup title in 2015, scoring a try in the 34-17 win over Australia in the tournament final. Nonu was also key for the Hurricanes as they made last year's Super Rugby final. Read more here
The Hardham Cup and Jubilee Cup finals will both be at Jerry Collins Stadium at Porirua Park this year. The finals will be played on Saturday 6 August. The Hardham Cup will be a 12.15pm and the Jubilee Cup final at 3.15pm.
Today's mid-week First XV rugby comes from St Pat's Silverstream, where the home side hosts Christchurch's St Bede's College. St Bede's have won five from eight to lie in 5th place on the UC Championship ladder, while Silverstream are coming off narrow losses to Scots College and Wellington College in their last two games. Kick-off is at 11.15am. Match report and digital highlights all to come from this game.
Congratulations to Northern United forward Aidan Cains for playing his 100th Premier game foe the club on Saturday against Paremata-Plimmerton. Cains celebrated with a 41-0 win. Cains was a Jubilee Cup winner in his first season with Norths in 2010 and he also played for Petone in 2012.
Today's rugby comes from Wellington College, where the home First XV hosts Christchurch Boys' High School at 12 noon. Both sides will be fresh, Leading UC Championship contender CBHS having their bye in the weekend and Wellington College playing their last fixture last Wednesday against St Pat's Silverstream.
Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) is now officially a former All Black. The Hurricanes wing is contracted for the rest of this Super Rugby season and 2017, but has been considering a deal to play in Japan. Given the 33-year-old former All Black's continued good form, clubs all over the world would be interested in his services. But Jane told Radio Sport on Sunday that Japan suited his particular family circumstances, now that his international rugby career is over. Read more here
75 years ago, the Premier Teams of Poneke and Oriental merged to play for the Jubilee Cup for the duration of World War 2. In 1943 and 1944, the Poneke-Oriental side won the Jubilee Cup in back-to-back seasons. The win in 1943 gave Poneke the Senior Championship in their Diamond Jubilee (60th) year, Following the War, the Clubs resumed their separate identities at a Premier level. The two clubs meet today at Kilbirnie Park in the opening round of the 2016 Jubilee Cup.
The Oriental-Rongotai Colts beat first round winners Old Boys University Green 21-20 under lights on Friday. Ories were down 14-20 but scored a converted try in the corner to win. OBU led 15-14 at halftime. Ories scored tries through Lauina Fa'atau (2) and Malachai Unasa, while Halcyon Price slotted three conversions. MSP's Colts beat defending champions HOBM 31-19 in the other Friday night Dvision 1 fixture.
Elsewhere, the Poneke Cavs beat the Upper Hutt Rams 26-5 in their week two U85kg Division 1 Paul Potiki Shield encounter.
A group of Hurricanes will be playing club rugby for their teams tomorrow, in round one of the championship season. See Draws & Results above for the Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup teamsheets.
Wellington Lions assistant coach Richard Watt (Poneke) is looking forward to his debut international caching stint with Samoa in the upcoming June window, orking with new Head Coach Alama Ieremia (Wests Roosters). Samoa begin their 2016 season against Georgia in Apia on Saturday before travelling to Fiji next weekend for their first Pacific Nations Cup test against Fiji. Read more here
The draws for the second round Jubilee and Hardham Cups are out. View Draws & Results across the top of this page to view the Jubilee Cup draw. The Hardham Cup and Ed Chaney/HD Morgan Memorial Cup draws and the remainder of the second round draws will be inputted over the coming few days. Or visit Wellington Rugby to view them here
New photo galleries are being uploaded frequently to the Photos section above.
Leni Apisai will lead the New Zealand U20s out to battle in their World Rugby U20 Championship opener against Georgia on Wednesday morning NZT (6.40am). View the team and some commentary around it here
Congratulations to the OBU Goats for winning the 2016 Swindale Shield.
Marist St Pat's centre Ryan Setefano plays his 100th Premier match this Saturday when he takes the field at home at Evans Bay Park against Poneke in the 'Battle of Kilbirnie' and Horan-Millar Trphy and Bill Brien Challenge Cup match.
Oriental-Rongtai lock Mark Reddish will be joining English club Harlequins at the conclusion of this year's Mitre 10 Cup. Reddish is currently invovled with the Hghlanders Super Rugby set-up. Read more here
A Wellington XV won a tri-series of matches on Tuesday night in Levin against Wairarapa Bush and Horowhenua Kapiti (40 minute halves). Wellington defeated Wairarapa Bush 22-0 (possibly for the Jimmy Cotter Memorial Shield) and they beat Horowhenua Kapiti 48-0 (6 points for a try awarded in this game).
First XV fans have three consecutive Wednesdays of rugby to look forward to in June, starting today between Wellington College and St Pat's Town at Wellington College. Kick-off is either 1.00pm or 1.30pm (TBC) so best get there for the early time in case.
The Old Boys University First Grade team claimed the first round Thompson Memorial Trophy title with a 46-5 win over mid-table Tawa. The OBU team are unbeaten this year in eight contests and have scored 262 points and conceded 93. The second round Ed Chaney Cup awaits.
If you've come here to view second round draws Please note that these will be inputted progressively in the Draws & Results section above over the coming few days (use the Change Competition menu on the left hand side to select competition. In the meantime, please vsit the WRFU website for these draws
Wellington players selected in the All Blacks today to play Wales are: Dane Coles (Poneke), Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) and Julian Savea (Oriental-Rongotai). Also, TJ Perenara (Northland United) is a replacement halfback if needed. Additionally, former Wellington club players Lima Sopoaga (Old Boys University) and Charles Ngatai (Poneke) have been selected.
The 2016 Fleurs Trophy was shared between Oriental-Rongotai and Northern United. Ories won their final round match 26-12 but failed to score a bonus point try and both teams finished the first round on 39 points.
OBU Green beat Marist St Pat's 16-3 in the decider of the first round Paris Memorial Trophy Division 1 competition, winning this title for the fourth consecutive year.
Congratulations to Upper Hutt Rams lock Ray Sio for playing his 100th Premier game on Friday night. Sio celebrated the milestone with a 21-15 win over Poneke at Westpac Stadium.
The Fleurs trophy has been synonymous with the Womens game in Wellington since its introduction in 1993. The trophy originated after it was donated by the Fleurs Bar & Nightclub in Porirua to recognise the development of the Women game. To embrace the stature, and signify its importance the WRFU now place on this grade a new, large silver cup,will be revealed and presented tomorrow at the Polo Ground at the Northern Unitedd - Ories Women's first round decider.
The Upper Hutt Rams beat Poneke 21-15 tonight at Westpac Stadium to keep their Jubilee Cup hopes alive for another round. The win also officially knocks out Petone and Hutt Old Boys Marist, while makes the games tomorrow interesting. Scores: Upper Hutt Rams: 21 (Max Pearson, Dan Aunese tries; Joyner Key 3pen, 1 con) Poneke: 15 ( Takuma Takashma, Nick Robinson; Pakai Turia 1 con, 1 pen) HT: 10-7 Poneke.
There are two First XV Co-ed Cup matches this afternoon. At 3.45pm Heretaunga College hosts Hutt Valley High School and at 5.30pm new Premier 1 school Bishop Viard College meets Aotea College in Beard Cup fixture at the Jerry Collins Stadium.
The Women's NPC has been renamed the Farah Palmer Cup in recognition of one of the most iconic figures in women’s rugby. New Zealand Rugby (NZR) today announced that with the support of competition sponsor Mitre 10, the Farah Palmer Cup will kick off under its new name on 6 August. A total of nine provinces – Auckland, North Harbour, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago - will vie for a claim on the inaugural Farah Palmer Cup title. Click here to view the full 2016 draw.
UPDATE: NPBHS NPBHS won this fixture 18-15. St Pat's Silverstream host New Plymouth Boys' High School on Wednesday in a friendly clash. Kick off to be confirmed. Both sides will see this as an important stepping stone to their competitons coming up, with Silverstream playing Bishop Viard College in their Wellington season opener on Saturday and NPBHS host Hamilton BHS at the Gully in their first Super 8 Fixture in a fortnight.
Visit Photos above to peruse several new photo galleries from the recent weekend's club rugby in Wellington.
The enduring memory most people have of Athletic Park is the Millard Stand, an uncovered, steepling, gravity-defying edifice that loomed over the suburbs of Berhampore and Newtown Those with longer memories, like commentator and author Keith Quinn, who grew up in the shadow of Athletic Park, say the truly iconic part of the stadium was the bleacher section the Millard Stand replaced when it was erected in 1961. Read more here
The Upper Hutt Rams Colts made it three in a row on Wednesday night, beating previously unbeaten OBU Green 20-10. Ories beat Petone 21-20 in the other fixture. OBU's loss to the Rams, without a bonus point, sees the Marist St Pat's Colts take a one-point lead after seven completed rounds of the Division 1 Paris Memorial Trophy. Leading points: MSP (29), OBU (28), Ories (27), Tawa (26), Poneke (21) and the Upper Hutt Rams (15).
There are two Colts Division 1 Paris Memorial Shield fixtures tonight under lights. These games are completing the played in advance ninth round set of matches that saw three encounters last Wednesday night. Fixtures tonight are OBU Green v Upper Hutt Rams at Fraser Park and Petone v Ories at Te Whaea.
The Rugby News magazine has a current feature on the Marist St Pat's club in Wellington. Read more here
Oriental-Rongotai hooker Hunter Prescott is heading to Manawatu this week to play club rugby up there for the rest of the season and try and crack the Turbos squad for the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup. Prescott joins Ambrose Curtis in Palmerston North.
Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) is Wellington's representative in the New Zealand Women's Sevens team heading t France at the end of this month to compete in the final tournament of the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series. After finishing runners up in the last two tournaments in Atlanta and Langford, New Zealand is lying second on the points table on 64 points behind leaders Australia (76). England is third on 60 points. The team has been drawn in Pool B and faces Russia in the tournament’s opening match, followed by Japan and Canada
Upper Hutt Rams right wing Salesi Rayasi scored a hat-trick on Premier debut in his side's 36-29 win over Wainuiomata. Has this been done before, and if so by whom?
A Wellington XV will step out for the first time in 2016 with a Tri-Series of matches with Horowhenua Kapiti and Wairarapa Bush on Tuesday 31 May in Levin. Each team will play two 40 minute games over the night. In the first 40 minute game, Wellington and Wairarapa Bush (unknown if the Jimmy Cotter Shield will be on the line) square off before Horowhenua Kapiti take on Wairarapa Bush in the second game. To cap off the night, Horowhenua Kapiti take on Wellington.
Round two Results at a glance: Rongotai WBD over HVHS; Paraparaumu 26-10 Aotea; Wairarapa 26- 0 Porirua; Kapiti 38-7 Onslow; HIBS 48-10 Upper Hutt; St Bernard's 15 - 12 Taita; Wainuiomata 26 -20 Tawa (Coed Cup Game); Bishop Viard WBD over Newlands; Scots 2XV 25-17 Heretaunga; Naenae 26-12 Mana.
UPDATE: Ories bounce back. Ories have bounced back from their loss last week to Wainuiomata by slaying the Upper Hutt Rams 155-0 tonight in round seven of the Fleurs Trophy. Leaders and defending champions Northern United beat Wainuiomata 10-5 in a tight tussle. Visit Draws & Results above for more. A bumper weekend of club rugby starts tonight with the seventh round of the Women's Fleurs Trophy. There are five matches tonight - visit Draws & Results across the top of this page for more.
Update: Bishop Viard won 41-12 in the school game, MSP beat Wellington 41-3 in of the Colts games. The results of the other two Colts games are TBC. There’s four games on tonight to help get your rugby fix. Bishop Viard will defend the Beard Trophy against Porirua at the Jerry Collins Stadium at 5.30pm, which also doubles as a Co-ed Cup match. There are also three Division 1 Colts matches, all at 7.45pm; Norths vs Tawa at Te Whaea, HOBM vs Poneke at Fraser Park, and MSP against Wellington at Evans Bay Park.
Update: Burne tells his story here ,not good he had to find out through news media and not NZRU. Former Johnsonville and Wellington Maori lock Andrew Burne has been banned from all rugby for six years for using and trafficking anabolic steroids while he was involved in rugby.The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) Judicial Committee imposed the lengthy ban on Andrew Leicester Burne, now residing in the Hawke’s Bay, after he admitted three violations of the Sports Anti-Doping Rules (SADR) for using, possessing and trafficking anabolic steroids. Burne started in six Hardham Cup fixtures in 2013 and 2014.
Several Wellington players are in the NZ U20 squad for the upcoming Junior World Cup, these players being: Leni Apisai (captain, Northern United), Asafo Aumua (Avalon Wolves), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke), Alex Fidow and Malo Tuitama (Oriental-Rongotai) and TJ Va'a (Wainuiomata). Plus Marino Mikaele Tu'u (Hawke's Bay, Old Boys University).
Several current or former Wellington club rugby players have been named in Alama Ieremia’s Samoan Test squad for upcoming June internationals against Georgia, Fiji and Tonga. New caps include Isaia Petelo (Marist St Pat’s) and Greg Foe (Poneke), as well as Danny Tusitala (formerly OBU, now back at Ponsonby). Other players named are Motu Matu’u ,Jack Lam and Manu Leiataua (all Oriental-Rongotai), TJ Ioane (OBU), Faifili Levave (Northern United) and Rey Lee-Lo (MSP).
Please visit Photos above to peruse new photo galleries, which we are adding to all the time. Over 30 galleries from ths year's Swindale Shield to view so far.
The Hurricanes missed out 15-32 to the Sharks in Durban overnight in the second of two South African matches. Scores: Sharks 32 (JP Pietersen 2, Michael Claassens, Daniel du Preez tries; Garth April pen, 2 con, Patrick Lambie pen, con) Hurricanes 15 (Reggie Goodes, James Marshall tries; Beauden Barrett pen, Jason Woodward con). HT: 8-8. The Hurricanes host the Reds in Wellington this coming Saturday.
The 23-player squad for Saturday's second Oceania Series match between the New Zealand U20s and Australia includes six players who have been invovled in Wellington club this year. These are: Leni Apisai (Northern United), Malo Tuitama and Alex Fidow (Oriental-Rongotai), Asafo Aumua (Avalon), Marino Mikaele Tu’u (Old Boys University) and Lui Luamanu (Hutt Old Boys Marist).
The Marist St Pat's second XV sits alone at the top of the Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield standings with an unbeaten record after eight matches, following their 27-13 victory over Oriental-Rongotai under lights on Wednesday night and previously unbeaten Poneke's 15-29 loss to Tawa. Should their first XVs make the 'top 8' at the end of the Swindale Shield, the top two finishing sides from this competition join the bottom six in the Premier one to form the teams in the Hardham Cup in the second round. View the results updated standings at the Draws & Results link above.
Can't wait for Saturday? Round 8 of the Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield is tonight. Matches are (all 7.30pm kick-offs):
Several Wellington players were invovled in the New Zealand U20s 30-10 win over Australia on the Gold Coast tonight. Leni Apisai (Northern United) captained the side, with Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata) at fullback and Asafo Aumua (Avalon), Alex Fidow (Ories) and Lui Luamanu (HOBM) adding spark off the bench. Read more here
The New Zealand side to play the opening match of the Oceania Rugby Under 20 Championship against Australia on Tuesday, has been named. View the team here
The Hurricanes accounted for the Lions in Johannessburg 50-17 on Sunday Morning (NZT).The Canes scored seven tries to three and were up 21-0 after only 16 minutes as the Lions paid for not being able to protect their ball against a side that dominated them at the breakdown and simply were better in all facets of the game. Julian Savea and Cory Jane each scored two tries. Read more here
With both the Black Ferns and the New Zealand Women’s Sevens teams being selected this year following the Women’s Provincial Cup competition in October, this year’s Women’s Sevens Series is being played on the weekends of 6 to 8 May and 27 to 29 May.The series includes two teams from the National Women’s Development Programme, and the Samoan and Cook Island National Women’s Sevens teams as they prepare for their final Rio qualifier in June. View the players selected here
Vaea Fifita (Wellington Axemen) will earn his first start at lock for the Hurricanes when they take on the Lions of South Africa in Johanessburg this Sunday morning, kick-off Sunday 3.05am (NZT). For more read here
St. Kentigern College has won the 2016 Presbyterian Schools' Quadrangular tournament with a commanding 57-3 victory over Scots College. Read more here
Visit Photos above to view one of several new photo galleries added from this past weekend's rugby around the Wellington region.
Oriental-Rongotai loose forward Ardie Savea will take no further part in the New Zealand Sevens team's campaign and won't be in the team for the Rio Olympics.Savea played for the sevens team in Wellington and Sydney and had been down to play for them in Paris and London, with an eye to making the team for the 2016 Olympic Games, but has pulled out to focus on 15s.Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens said Savea was very disappointed would not be returning to the team."There's little doubt Ardie could've been a key player for us in Rio, but we respect his decision. Read more here
Great to see Shaun Treeby back playing for Tawa yesterday. Treeby broke his ankle whilst playing for the Wellington Lions last September and has lately been working hard at Les Mills Lambton Quay getting himself back to full fitness.
Danny Tusitala's year in Wellington club rugby in 2015 is paying dividends for him. He's back in Auckland and yesterday he scored a hat-trick for his old club Ponsonby in their 33-0 win over Te Papapa Onehunga. Former Poneke player Presley Tufaga is also playing for the Ponies, at No. 8.
The Hutt News profiles Alexis Time, after he played his 150th game last weekend for Hutt Old Boys against Petone. Read more here
In a First XV fixture this afternoon, Wellington champions St Pat’s Town defeated Christchurch rivals St Bede’s 28-15 to win the Holley Shield for the first time in 75 years. SPC led this contest 8-6 at halftime before sailing home in the second spell. Tries were scored by Keelan Whitman, Zac Aldridge, Nuri Kaya and Adam McLean.
Congratulations to Northern United women's player Dawn Patelesio who will play her 300th club game tomorrow when Norths host the Upper Hutt Rams at Porirua Park at 11.30am.
The All Blacks have won the Laureus Sports Awards for the first time, while star five-eighth Dan Carter won the Comeback of the Year award. Read more here
Former Wellington Rugby Referees Association referee, referee coach and founder of Advantage4Me Rob Neru has passed away. Neru was an active referee in Wellington for several years up to 2014. Read more here
In two pre-season First XV fixtures of note tomorrow, Rongotai College hosts 2015 Quadrangular champions Nelson College at 10.30am and Wellington College meets Tu Toa from Manawatu at 2.30pm at home. Update: In one of these matches, Nelson College crossed very late to pip Rongotai 24-17.
Marist St Pat's and Poneke are the two unbeaten teams after four rounds of the Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield (HLS), after the first round under lights last night. MSP beat Wellington 34-17 and Poneke defeated Johnsonville 43-11. Another key result was defending HLS champions Tawa drawing 17-17 with the Upper Hutt Rams. Draws and Results above.
Can't get enough? Head out tonight to watch a full round of Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield matches. For more details visit Draws & Results above. Matches at a glance tonight are (all kick-off times 7.30pm):
Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) last night became the eighth player to reach 100 games for the Hurricanes, celebrating in a 40-22 win over the Jaguares.
Hutt Old Boys Marist midfielder Alexis Time is set to play his 150th match for the Eagles in this Sunday's McBain Shield fixture against Petone. Time went to Hutt Valley High School and he made his debut in 2004 against OBU, and spent 2006-08 playing overseas. He also suffered a serious neck injury in 2014, only to come back last year. Off the field Alexis loves to sing and drink from the red wine goblet, whilst he's married to Rachelle and they have with three children, Oakley, Adelia and Emmerson.
The Dominion Post covered the third round of Swindale Shield matches in Wellington on Wednesday night. Read their reports here
Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) will take his place among an exclusive group of Hurricanes when he runs out for his 100th Investec Super Rugby match against the Jaguares at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.
The 33-year old will start on the right wing making him just the eighth player to earn a century of caps for the Hurricanes after Tana Umaga, Rodney So’oialo, Neemia Tialata, Ma’a Nonu, Andrew Hore, Conrad Smith and Jeremy Thrush.
Can't make it to a game tonight? Tune into Te Upoko (1161 AM) and listen to the spirited tones of Adam Julian commentating the Northern United versus Oriental-Rongotai clash live from Alex Moore Park from 7.30pm.
It's debatable if any of these trial laws are needed or particulalry wanted in New Zealand rugby. At least the insidious changes to the value of points scoring is only being implemented in the Heartland Championship this year and not the full NPC competition. Click here for more
Visit Photos above to view some new photo galleries from Saturday's Swindale Shield (four galleries) and Harper Lock Shield (one).
The Dominion Post carries its match reports from the second round of the Swindale Shield. Click here to read more
Wellington Premier referee Ben O'Keefe is set to make his Test debut on the pea on 11 June in Apia between Samoa and Georgia. Read more here
Katarina Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) is Wellington's representative in the New Women's Sevens squad named for their next two tournaments. The squad of 14 will travel to the next two tournaments of the Women’s Sevens Series – Atlanta (8-9 April) in USA and Langford in Canada (16-17 April) has been named. The playing 12 for Atlanta will be confirmed early next week.
Petone RFC is looking for a new Club Coaching Coordinator (CCO). The outlook for this exciting opportunity at Petone Rugby Football Club as a CCO is to nurture the Club’s strong values and processes, while having the ability to create a fresh and innovative perspective on the day-to-day and future running of Petone Rugby. With their former CCO progressing with the WRFU, this has created an expectation from the Club that a high standard of candidate will apply. As CCO, your purpose will be to facilitate the recruitment, retention and development of coaching capabilities, and the upskilling of players within the game. With a view to maximise the level of participation within the community, including the essential links between the Club and local schools. Email your CV and Cover Letter to email@example.com If you would like to know any further details for this position, please do not hesitate to email Petone on the above address.
The famous McBain Shield clash between Petone and Hutt Old Boys Marist has offocially been moved from Saturday 9 April to Sunday 10 April at 2.45pm. There is now eight days of Premier rugby in 'Awesome April' to look forward to.
Reading this article here , it appears that a couple of the law changes mooted to kick in in this year's Mitre 10 sponsorsed Men's and Women's NPC and Heartland Championship competitions will not be implemented. "New Zealand Rugby announced in December they would introduce some trial laws to the country's premier provincial competition to help with World Rugby's attempt to make the sport a better spectacle. "Included in the trial laws was a change to the points scoring system where tries would be increased to six points and penalties reduced to two points. A new off-side line was also set to be introduced where players would have to be one metre back from the hindmost foot. It is understood the 14 top flight provincial coaches met recently and it has been decided to scrap the points scoring change and the rule where defensive players have to be back one metre from the ruck."
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The Dominion Post is once more covering every Premier match this season. Read all seven match reports from the opening round of the season on Good Friday here
Petone prop Mike Kainga is joining Taranaki this year, where he will play for Coastal. Kainga has been in the Chiefs region playing for Bay of Plenty and most recently rehabbing from a shoulder injury. Read more here
A 'Gains and Losses' Wellington club rugby guide for 2016 can be viewed here
For Friday's season opener and throughout the season, fans will have the opportunity to listen to two radio commentaries, plus around the grounds updates. As always, the Saturday Rugby Club, through Radio Sport (1503AM and 93.7FM) will carry a live commentary of the feature game plus updates and interviews. Te Upoko E Ika (1161AM) and online at www.tunein.com - (search Te Upoko) will also carry a featured commentary match.
Round One commentaries:
Leni Apisai (Northern United) is set to captain the New Zealand U20s this year, social meet chit-chat has suggested. To be confirmed.
A a stuttering opening 50 minutes, the floodgates finally opened and the Hurricanes raced to a 41-6 win over the Force on Friday night in Palmerston North. Read more here
Porirua Park will officially be renamed Jerry Collins Stadium and a plaque in Jerry Collins' name will be unveiled onsite at Porirua Park on Friday 25 March at 10.00am. Former All Black Collins, who captained Northern United aged 18, died in a car crash in France last year.
Motu Matu'u (Oriental-Rongotai) has put pen to paper on a deal at Kingsholm ahead of the 2016-17 season, adding plenty of international and Super Rugby experience to Gloucester's front row resources. A former team-mate of current Gloucester favourite Jeremy Thrush (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Motu'u appeared in all four pool stage RWC games last year, starting the fixture against South Africa and scoring a try against Scotland
Former Wellington College First XV man among boys Nelson Asofa-Solomona could be returning to rugby union via the Hurricanes. Asofa-Solomona joined the Melbourne Storm after leaving school in 2013. The report was on Brisbane's Courier Mail, but that is paywalled, so read the second hand report of this potentially great piece of news for local rugby fans here
Season captain Dane Coles (Poneke FC) will make his first appearance for the Hurricanes when they host the Western Force in the battle of the weather systems in Palmerston North this coming Friday. Coles has been sidelined thus far with hamstring and calf complaints. Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has made four changes to the side that started last week’s 23-19 win over the Blues at Eden Park with wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, blindside Brad Shields, prop Reggie Goodes, and hooker Leni Apisai all ruled out due to injury. Nehe Milner-Skudder (Varsity) has unfortunately been ruled out for the Super Rugby season after scans revealed he will need surgery on the shoulder he dislocated at Eden Park. He is replaced on the right wing by Cory Jane.
The Hurricanes held on to beat the Blues 23-19 last night in a thriller on Friday night at Eden Park, repelling wave after wave of Blues attack on their line. Halfback TJ Perenara (2) and Victor Vito scored tries. Thiswas the their first win of the season and they host the Force in Palmerston North next Friday. Read more here
A group of Wellington players are in camp this weekend in Palmerston as part of a 49-strong group trialling for the NZ U20s. The players are: Joe Apikotoa (HOBM), Alex Fidow (Ories), Asafo Aumua (Avalon), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke), Lui Luamanu (HOBM), TJ Va’a (Wainuiomata), Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata), Pepe Patafilo (Tawa), Lester Maulolo (Petone). Missing: Leni Apisai (Norths) – Hurricanes duties and Malo Tuitama (Ories) - injured
You can't afford to take a game off, in the Hurricanes' tight five. Without being too disrespectful, there must be times when some of Super Rugby's strongest packs have a pretty easy time of it against a weaker one. That's not a luxury afforded the Hurricanes, though.They have tended to be one of those forward packs opponents target, making every match a challenge that has to be risen to. Despite being conscious of that, Reggie Goodes and company weren't quite up to it in their season-opener against the Brumbies in Canberra, before a far more competitive showing in Saturday's 17-16 loss to the Highlanders. Read more here
The Wellington Lions will play the Hawke's Bay Magpies in Napier in the opening round of the 2016 NPC compeition on Saturday 18 August. This is followed in week two by a trip to Dunedin to play Otago and then a mouth-watering season opener at home on 31 August against North Harbour. All the Lions' home matches are scheduled for Westpac Stadium this year. View the draw here
The Hurricanes Development team plays their Chief counterparts on Wednesday in Wanganui. Current Wellington players in the team are: James O’Reilly (HOBM), Frae Wilson (Wainuiomata), Paddy Hughes (Wellington), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United) and Nemani Waaka (Johnsonville)
The 2016 season is underway. View the draws at Draws & Results, across the top of this page. Women's First round Fleurs Trophy teams named on Friday, alongside the men's Swindale Shield teams.
Six Wellington club players have been named in the Samoa A squad to play in the Pacific Challenge Tournament in Fiji. These players are: Greg Foe (Poneke, captain), Greg Lealofi (Wainuiomata), Valentine Meachen (Marist St Pat's), Isaih Petelo (Marist St Pat's), Danny Tusitala (Old Boys University) and Nu'u Lene (Oriental-Rongotai).
Unforced mistakes cost the Hurricanes the chance for their first victory of the season in Duendin on Saturday night, missing out 16-17 to the Highlanders in a re-match of last year's final. It won't get any easier for the Hurricanes fans in week three when they meet a resurgent Blues in Auckland. Read more here
Wellington’s Marist St Pat’s won the 85th Spillane Cup tournament, beating Lower Hutt’s Hutt Old Boys Marist 42-27 in Sunday’s final in Hamilton. NOBM finished third, beating Auckland Marist 18-17 in their playoff for third and fourth. NOBM held on to beat the 2015 champions, after missing out late in the game in Saturday’s match against MSP 34-41.
The 85th NZ Marist Spillane Cup final on Sunday will be between Wellington clubs Hutt Old Boys Marist and Marist St Pat's. 2010-14 champions HOBM defeated last year's winners Auckland Marist 36-26 in one match on day one, whilst MSP defeated Napier Old Boys Marist 41-34 in the other fixture.
Get on board with the Flying Squadron Hurricanes supporters at six of their home games at Westpac Stadium. Plus several more benefits and prizes. All for less than $10 a game. R18 only. Student ID required to join. For more click here
Congratulations to Tawa flanker Telea Seumanutafa for making his international debut for the Samoa 7s team this coming weekend in Las Vegas. Seumanutafa joins Wellington club players Belgium Tuatagaloa (Petone) and Tomasi Alosio (HOBM) in the squad
Piri Weepu (Wainuiomata) has joined a side in the sixth tier of French rugby. One of the heroes of the All Blacks' 2011 Rugby World Cup win could play his first game for Saint Sulpice against against Moissac on Monday (NZ time), if he gets clearance as he looks regain some match fitness and sign with a bigger club. The 32-year-old was let go by Oyonnax last month, with the club giving no reason why his contract was terminated. It left the 71-test All Black without a club for the rest of the season and needing something to do. So he decided to play grassroots French rugby. Click here for more
St Mary's College, Wellington (girls) and Tauranga Boys' College (boys) won Saturday's Sir Gordon Tietjens 7s tournament at the Rugby Institute in Palmertson North on Saturday. Manukura won the boys U15 section. Thirty teams took part. For more read here
The man who scored 58 tries in 85 Super Rugby tries and at times single handedly carried the Hurricanes brand, Christian Cullen, has spoken: "There is so much I'm looking forward to with this rugby season but I still can't work out why Super Rugby has expanded - again. I admit I'm old school and liked it when you played every team once and you knew where you stood at the end of a season. But this year's competition is a confusing, watered-down version of what we had before. For more read here
The Hurricanes were whipped by the Brumbies 10-52 in Canberra on Friday night in their 2016 Super Rugby season opener. A try to debutant second five-eighth Ngani Laumape after a counterattack by fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder was one of the few bright spots of the match. Hurricanes captain TJ Perenara said: “We need to be better going forward. We need to come up with ways of playing against that sort of defence. The boys will take a lot of learnings from today and we will put our best foot forward next week [against the Highlanders]. Brumbies 52 (David Pocock, Tevita Kuridrani, Tomas Cubelli, Adam Fardy, Stephen Moore, Sam Carter, Josh Mann-Rea tries, Christian Leali’ifano 7 con, 1 pen) Hurricanes 10 (Ngani Laumape try, Beauden Barrett con, pen) HT: 24-3 Watch more here
The man who scored the first points in professional rugby is about to embark on a personal crusade to prepare Samoa to enter Super Rugby. Former Wests Roosters midfielder Alama Ieremia is about to begin his first full year working as director of coaching for Samoa and coach of the country's national rugby side. "Would I like to see Samoa in Super Rugby? Absolutely. Would I like to see a Pacific Island team in there? Absolutely. Read more here
Listen to the commentary of Friday's Super Rugby pre-season fixture between the Hurricanes and the Crudaders by visting www.soundcloud.com and typing in hurricanescrusaders to the search bar.
Regular Club Rugby contributor Scott MacLean has put the spotlight on who to watch in the NZ teams in this year's Super Rugby competition. read his Forwards analyis. Backs article to come.
The Hurricanes sacked the Crusaders 74-7 in Blenheim on Friday afternoon in their third and final Super Rugby trial fixture before the competition proper starts next Friday against the Brumbies in Canberra. Scores: Hurricanes 74 (Cory Jane 2, Victor Vito 2, TJ Perenara, Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett, Ngani Laumape, Bus Savea, Willis Halaholo, Blade Thompson, Jason Woodward tries; Barrett 4 con, Woodward 3 con) Crusaders 7 (Jonny McNicholl, Richie Mo'unga con). HT 27-7.
Mick Robbers, former Club President and first captain of Marist St Pats, has generously donated a limited edition Rugby World Cup jersey to be auctioned with all proceeds going to the Marist St Pats Shamrock Foundation. The jersey is no. 73 of only 750 released to commemorate the All Blacks participation in the now famous 1995 Rugby World Cup; a tournament remembered for many colourful reasons. Bid now here
The Hurricanes and the Blues U20 teams have both been selected ahead of their clash next Wednesday 17 February in Taupo at 2.00pm. The Blues and the Chiefs U20 sides meed in Pukekohe this Friday. See the two teams here
Tawa have announced that this weekend's scheduled second annual Tawa Sevens tournament has been postponed. More details to come.
Wellington club rugby regulars Greg Foe (Poneke) Valentine Meachen (Marist St Pat’s) and Isaia Petelo (Marist St Pat’s) have been selected in the Samoa A side to play the Melbourne Rebels in the latter’s Super Rugby pre-season match and the former’s warm-up towards the Pacific Rugby Challenge which also features A teams from Tonga, Fiji and Japan. Former Hurricanes lock Potu Levasa is the Head Coach and Alama Ieremia (Wests Roosters) is the Technical Advisor.
Visit Photos across the top of this page to view images of Saturday's Super Rugby pre-season fixture between the Hurricanes and the Blues at Eketahuna.
Longtime Marist St Pat's player and Wellington club rugby supporter Pete Dunn has passed away, the MSP club has reported. "Pete played for MSP for a number of years from Premiers through to Presidents grade, the club reported. "His teammates he gathered along the way will undoubtedly have some legendary stories to tell about the man. There will be many within our club who will be feeling a great loss and we extend our support to them at this time. Pete was a family man of the best sort and will be missed tremendously."
The Hurricanes meet the Crusaders this coming Friday in Blenheim in their third and final pre-season fixrure ahead of the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season. Tune into 1161AM from 4.30pm.
The Blues pulled clear for a comfortable 40-12 win over the Hurricanes at Eketahuna today in their community pre-season fixture. Scores were 7-7 at halftime, but with new combinations tried and several injuries sustained, the Hurricanes couldn't keep pace with the Blues. Hooker Leni Apisai (Northern United) and wing Julian Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) were the Hurricanes try-scorers. This follows a 0-28 defeat to the Western Force. The Hurricanes have one further pre-season fixture, this coming Friday in Blenhei against the Crusaders.
You might look at the Hurricanes' pre-season clash with the Blues in Eketahuna on Saturday and think bore, joke, chore, public-relations charade or hiding to nothing. Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara sees something rather different. Read more here
View days one and two photos of the National Sevens tournament that was held at Wainuiomata over the weekend by visiting Photos above.
The Hurricanes full squad will travel to play the Blues at the Eketahuna Rugby Club thisSaturday, in their second pre-season Super Rugby hit-out. The match kicks off at 3.00pm. Tickets for the Super Rugby pre-season game are available through PGG Wrightson Stores and at Tui HQ, SH2, Mangatainoka. Prices are $40 for GA and $130pp for Corporate Tickets. Tickets also available online at www.tui.co.nz. Kick-off is at 3pm. If the game is not sold out prior, gate sales will be available. More details of the match published here later this week.
The day Nene Va'alepu took on prop Reg Goodes sticks out in Henry Smith's mind. Va'alepu, Northern United's centre, came up against the hulking Poneke prop during a club match a few years back and Smith, his captain, said there was no chance the much slighter man was going to give way. "Nene was one of the smallest guys out there, but he had the biggest heart," Smith recalled. "To him, it didn't matter how big they [opponents] were and Reg Goodes was pretty big. Nene muscled up and put him backwards. It gave everyone a huge lift." Read more here
Wellington's Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) is off toFlorida and Sao Paulo with the New Zealand Women's Sevens side. The team departs for a training camp in Florida on Sunday 7 February. The players will also travel to Rio de Janiero to familiarise themselves with the Olympic host city before heading to Sao Paulo,the venue of the second tournament of the year on 20-21 February.
Super Rugby's governing body Sanzaar announced a number of changes - including one to its own name. Sanzar is now Sanzaar - the extra 'a' signifying Argentina's entrance into the Southern Hemisphere alliance and they also confirmed the controversial bonus point system will change when the competition gets going. Teams will now need to score three more tries than the opposition to get a bonus point, A losing bonus point will, however, still be up for grabs if teams finish within seven of their opposition. For more read here
Former assistant coach Sam Rasch has been appointed Director of Rugby at high profile Wellington school Scots College. Former leading Wellington Premier club rugby first five-eighth and current Wellington Sevens assistant coach Rasch takes over from Japanese bound Filo Tiatia. Read more here
Hurricanes loose forward and two-time World Cup winning All Black Victor Vito (Marist St Pat's) has announced he will play his rugby in France next season. Vito has signed a three-year contract with French Top 14 club La Rochelle and will farewell New Zealand rugby at the completion of the 2016 Super Rugby season.
The Hurricanes have much to ponder after losing 0-28 to the Western Force in Gosford tonight. The Hurricanes trailed 0-7 at halftime and let in three more tries over the back half of the contest.
The new home - if there is one - of the sevens tournament hosted by New Zealand will be known as early as next month and Dunedin will put its hand up if it is commercially viable. But it may be a bridge too far for the tournament to be lured south given the sheer logistics involved and the tight turnaround for teams. Read more here
Nine players will pull on the Hurricanes jersey for the first time during the team’s first Super Rugby preseason match of 2016 against the Western Force in Gosford on Wednesday. The six Hurricanes six RWC are All Blacks unavailable. The team is: 1. Reggie Goodes, 2. Motu Matu'u, 3. Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 4. Vaea Fifita, 5. Mark Abbott, 6. Brad Shields (c), 7. Callum Gibbins, 8. Blade Thomson, 9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 10. Otere Black, 11. Wes Goosen, 12. Willis Halaholo, 13. Pita Ahki, 14. Matt Proctor, 15. Jason Woodward. Reserves: Leni Apisai, Loni Uhila, Ben May, Hisa Sasagi, Chris Eves, Michael Fatialofa, James Blackwell, Tony Lamborn, Frae Wilson, Malo Tuitama, Peter Umaga-Jensen.
Local clubs, Marist St Pat's and Hutt Old Boys Marist, were to the fore on day one of the New Zealand Marist Sevens tournament held in Wellington on Saturday morning. Both MSP men's teams and HOBM's side topped the three men's pools, while MSP defeated Hastings Rugby and Sports to win the women's section. Day two resumes at 8.30am Sunday morning, with the men's Cup final scheduled for 12.50pm. View day one photos here
Northern United outside back Nene Va'alepu has lost his long battle with cancer. 2010 Jubilee Cup winner and 2011 Jubilee Cup runner-up Nene passed awat this week. He was a Premier player for Norths beteen 2007-13 and his brothers Ajay (Premiers) and Tia (Colts) have also played for Norths. Rest in peace Nene.
Defending champions Wainuiomata will be hosting the National Club Sevens championship next weeekend, 6 and 7 February, with 20 clubs from around the country competing. More details to come soon, but some Wellington clubs are confirmed to be taking part, these being: Wainuiomata, the Upper Hutt Rams, Marist St Pat's, Old Boys University and Poneke. Plus a new women's section including local clubs (TBC).
Darren Larsen has been appointed as the WRFU’s new Academy Manager. Larsen has coached various Wellington age grade representative teams for more than a decade.A level four World Rugby accredited coach, his impressive resume also includes coaching the Hurricanes development side and the New Zealand secondary schools Barbarians selection for the past two seasons. He has been the RDO for the Petone Rugby Club since 2013, but began his playing career as a front rower for the Wainuiomata Rugby Club before going on to coach the premier side. Larsen takes over the Academy job from Evan Crawford.
Several New Zealand players have been named in the Samoan team for this coming weekend’s Wellington Sevens tournament, including local players Danny Tusitala (Old Boys University), Belgium Tuatagaloa (Petone), and Tomasi Alosio (Hutt Old Boys Marist). Edit: Plus Greg Leafofi (Wainuiomata) as a back-up player.
Read about tournament news and view the draw and matches at the World Sevens Wellington tournament website here
The Hurricanes are launching a new three-part pre-season TV series to be aired on Sky Sport on 12 February, 19 February and 25 February. In the meantime, watch past episodes of Hurricane PD here
Petone and now Glasgow Warriors midfielder Nick Grigg has been selected in Scotland's Sevens side for next week's Wellington leg of the World Rugby Sevens tournament.
Former Wests Roosters, Wellington and Hurricanes No. 8 Filo Tiatia is joining former Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett at the coaching staff of the Japanese Sunwolves this year. Tiatia, who spent several years playing in Japan, leaves his current posiiton as Director of Rugby at Wellington's Scots College. Read more here
New Zealand Sevens representative Murphy Taramai is leaving Wellington rugby. The 23-year-old Upper Hutt Rams' player has signed a two-year contract with North Harbour, where he will conentrate on the 15s game. Read more here
2016 National Sevens Women's Player of the Tournament Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) has been named as one of 22 contracted players in this year's 2016 Women's Sevens squad. From this squad, 12 players will be selected for the NZ Rio Olympic Games team in August. Read more here
Wellington's women finished runners-up to Manawatu at the National Sevens tournament this weekend. Wellington lost 19-26 to Manawatu in the final, following earlier day two wins over Auckland 21-10 in their Cup playoff and Canterbury 33-7 in their Cup semi-final. The Wellington men reached the Cup semi-finals, after toppling Auckland 24-19 in their Cup quarterfinal and then losing to North Harbour 28-14 in their Cup semi-final.
Piri Weepu (Wainuiomata) has been released by his French club Oyonnax. The 32-year-old was recruited by former coach Olivier Azam and initially signed a two-year deal with the club. "Oyonnax have ended Piri Weepu's contract. The player is no longer part of the club's professional squad," the club said. Read more here
Chase Tiatia (Hutt Old Boys Marist) is looking to make the leap to the next level after two years in the national provincial championship with Wellington and Bay of Plenty. He said making the step up to a Super Rugby environment had been massive, and although he has had a few struggles adapting to the life of a full-time professional, he was beginning to find his feet. Read more here
New Head Coach Tana Umaga (Petone) has told the New Zealand Herald there's an air of optimisim at Blues HQ ahead of the new season. The signs are positive, he says. "There are no excuses now. We've got the facility, we've got the resources, so hopefully it should lead to better performances on the field. Read more here
Wellington Men: Beat Otago 17-7Beat Hawkes Bay 10-7 Lost to Taranaki 12-20 The Men finished second in their pool, and qualified for the Cup Semi-Final tomorrow at 11:25am v Auckland (live on Sky Sport 3)
Wellington Women:Beat Otago 24-0Lost to Waikato 5-20Beat Counties-Manukau 22-12Beat North Harbour 31-7 The Women finished second in their pool, and qualified for the Cup Playoff tomorrow at 10:05am v Auckland
Hurricanes players Victor Vito, Beauden Barrett, and brothers Ardie and Julian Savea will be judging separate fashion categories for Fashion in the Field while the rest of the Hurricanes team mingle and mix with the public on Wellington Cup Day next Saturday, 23 January. The judging categories have been divided into men (judged by Julian Savea), women (Ardie), mature (Barrett), and under-25s (Vito). Read more here
The Wellington women were beaten finalists at today's BoP Provincial Sevens tournament at Mout Maunganui. In a repeat of last month's Central region final, Wellington lost 19-12 to Manawatu in the final match of the day. Wellington led 12-7 at halftime. Previously they beat Waikato 26-5 in the semi-final, following a 14-12 win over Counties Manukau and a 14-5 win over Auckland. The Wellington men lost 14-10 to Northland, drew with Manawatu 19-19 and beat Counties Manukau 14-12 and then lost 14-10 to Manawatu in their Plate final.
Men’s: Sheridan Rangihuna - Hutt Old Boys Marist (Captain), Murphy Taramai - Upper Hutt Rams. Hayden Schrijvers - Upper Hutt Rams, Greg Foe - Poneke, Daniel Schrijvers - Upper Hutt Rams. Isaia Petelo - Marist St Pats, Te Wehi Wright - Old Boys University, Lise Soloa - Hutt Old Boys Marist, Nua Fono-Hunt - Upper Hutt Rams, Jordan Simpson-Hefft - Upper Hutt Rams, Max Pearson - Upper Hutt Rams, Roy Kinikinilau - Johnsonville, Jackson Garden-Bachop - Northern United, Joseph Scheres - Poneke Women's: Women’s Sevens Aimee Sutorius - Northern United (Captain), Ayesha Leti'Iiga - Oriental-Rongotai, Ruby Finau - Avalon Wolves, Georgia Daals - Old Boys University, Monica Tagao'i - Marist St Pats, Kat Whata-Simpkins - Avalon Wolves, Amanda Rasch - Oriental-Rongotai, Fa'asua Makisi - Oriental-Rongotai, Carol Sio - Avalon Wolves, Vaine Marsters - Northern United, Timena Tuma'ai - Oriental-Rongotai, Elizabeth Goulden - Oriental-Rongotai, Soraya Umaga-Jensen - Wainuiomata, Stacee Sturm - Hutt Old Boys Marist
Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) and Conrad Smith (Old Boys University), along with All Blacks forward coach Mike Cron, were appointed Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2015 New Year honours list. For more read here
Club Rugby, Wellington, wishes everyone a merry Christmas. View a photo gallery recapping the 2015 season here
Former Wellington Lions, Hurricanes and All Black Alama Ieremia (Wests Roosters) is set to be Head Coach of Samoa. Read more here
Petone's James Blackwell was crowned this year's Hurricanes pre-season Surf to Peak winner. Frae Wilson (Wainuiomata) finished second and two-time former champion Callum Gibbins third. The event started at Lyall Bay with a 1km run, then a 21km cycle around the bays to Oriental Bay, followed by a 2km uphill run to the Mt Victoria lookout. Blackwell's time of 57.28 was a new record, beating Gibbins' best of 57.55.
Porirua Park's main seating area has officially been named the Jerry Collins Grandstand, the Kapi Mana News has reported this week. A community event next year will recognise this, probably on Northern United's Old Timers' Day.
The Pools and the fixtures list for the Wellington leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on 30 and 31 January can be viewed here New Zealand plays Pool matches against Russia, Scotland and South Africa. The tournament will provide a backdrop to the National Club Middlesex Cup sevens hosted by the Wainuiomata Rugby Football Club on the same weekend (details pending).
BLK Christmas clearance sale. NOTHING OVER $70. Prices starting from as a low as $5. The sale will be held at the Upper Hutt Rams Rugby Club which is at Maidstone Park in Upper Hutt. Thursday December 17th 2pm - 8pm, Friday December 18th 10am - 7pm and Saturday December 19th 9am - 2pm
The Wellington men's Sevens team for theCentral Zone tournament in Levin is:
Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams), Hayden Schrijvers (Upper Hutt Rams), Greg Foe (Poneke), Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Daniel Schrijvers (Upper Hutt Rams), Isaia Petelo (Marist St Pat's), Te Wehi Wright (Old Boys University), Lise Soloa (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Piri Paraone (Petone), Jordan Simpson-Hefft (Upper Hutt Rams), Roy Kininkinilau (Johnsonville), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United).
The Wellington Women's squad for Levin on Saturday is: Amanda Rasch, Ruby Finau, Georgia Daals, Monica Tagoa’i,Sieni Mose, Ayesha Leti’Iiga, Fa’asua Makisi, Caroline Sio, Aimee Sutorius, Vaine Marsters, Timena Tuma’ai, Elizabeth Goulden
Max Pearson (Upper Hutt Rams) has today been selected in the All Black Sevens team for this coming weekend's tournament in Cape Town. Pearson, who was a standout at the recent American Ambassador's club tournament and who played for the NZ Development team in Noosa recently joins Ambrose Curtis and Antonio Kiri Kiri in the squad as replacements for this weekend.
Ambrose Curtis (Oriental-Rongotai) has been called into the All Blacks Sevens squad ahead of this weekend's World Series tournament in Cape Town, after the squad sustained an injury crisis in the season opener in Dubai. Read more here
Stokes Valley RFC pair Tania Karaitiana and Vio Ugone are nominated for the Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year award at this Friday’s NZ Rugby Awards in Auckland. Read more here
Visit Photos across the top of this page for a mixed gallery from the Piri Weepu 7s tournament at William Jones Park on Saturday.
Jubilee Cup champions Old Boys University kick off their 2016 campaign with an information evening. This is an open invite to all players wishing to play for the club next season. The coaches and fitness trainer will outline the plan for the pre-season and give players the opportunity to ask any questions. The meeting will be at The Cambridge Hotel, Thursday 3 December, 6pm. If you have any questions beforehand, please make contact via the club’s Facebook page
Kat Whata-Simpkins (Avalon) has been selected in the New Zealand Women's Sevens team for the opening tournament of the new season in Dubai on 3 and 4 December. The team also features Niall Williams, sister of Sonny Bill Williams.
Rugby continues to be the game of choice for significant numbers of New Zealanders. Rugby by the numbers:
The Wellington Men’s Sevens team beat North Harbour RFC 33-5 and Auckland 24-0 and drew 7-7 with Auckland RFC on the opening day of the Auckland 7s tournament. Wellington plays Northcote on Sunday at 11.20am in their quarterfinal match. The Women’s section is being played all day on Sunday.
Conrad Smith (Old Boys University) has won the Wellingtonian of the Year Award. Smith played his 100th match for the Hurricanes in 2015 and then helped the All Blacks retain the Rugby World Cup.
Several former and current Wellington players were in action this morning as the famous Barbarians rugby club defeated English club Gloucester 62-14. Barbarians players included Ardie Savea (Ories) and Lima Sopoaga (OBU), as well as Hurricanes fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder, while Tim Molenaar (OBU) and Joe Latta (Poneke) both played for Gloucester.
Former Counties Manukau, Blues, Chiefs, Wellington and Hurricanes All Blacks wing Jonah Lomu (Wainuiomata) passed away this morning. Read more here
The Blues have selected blockbusting wing Afa Fa'atau (Oriental-Rongotai) to their Wider Training Group for the 2016 Super Rugby season. Blues Head Coach Tana Umaga (Petone) has also signed former 100-game Chiefs flanker Tanerau Latimer to their roster.
A group of Wellington players has been selected to attend the first New Zealand U20 development camp for 2016 as coaches work to identify and develop the players who will defend their World Rugby Under 20 Championship title in England next year:
Joe Apikotoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist)
Asafo Aumua (St Pat's Silversstream, club TBA)
Anthony Pettet (Johnsonville)
Lui Okeamoa-Luamanu (Hutt Old Boys Marist)
Lester Maulolo (Petone)
Pepe Patafilo (Tawa)
Malo Tuitama (Ories)
Also: Leni Apisai (Northern United, not considered due to Hurricanes committments), TJ Va'a (Wainuiomata, not considered due to injury). Alex Fidow (Scots College/Ories), Thomas Umaga Jensen (Scots College/Wellington) and Peter Umaga-Jensen (Scots College, club TBA) all not considered due to school exams
Three members of Wellington's St Pat's Town First XV have signed wiith Hawke's Bay for the 2015 season. Captain Jack Nelson-Murray, halfback/first-five Zac Donaldson and No 8 Hannon Brighouse will make the move north in January. Read more here
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Visit Photos across the top of this page to view several new photo galleries from recent Sevens tournaments, including the Condor 7s on Labour Day and the WRFU Open tournament on Saturday.
Four Wellington players have been selected in the All Blacks starting XV to face Australia in Sunday morning's Rugby World Cup final, kick-off 6.00am (NZT). These players are: Dane Coles (Poneke), Julian Savea (Oriental-Rongotai), Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) and Conrad Smith (Old Boys University). Victor Vito (Marist St Pat's) is on the bench.
Bay of Plenty has signed Wellington and Wainuiomata loose forward Henry Stowers for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Stowers joins Auckland duo and 2015 U20 RWC winners Mitchell Karpik and Liam Polwart as new Steamers players, also joining Chase Tiatia (HOBM) and Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata) at the union.
The Wellington Lions were left to lament missing plenty of chances in their last-gasp 25-26 ITM Cup Championship final loss to the Hawke's Bay Magpies on Friday night. The Magpies flew in to score a 78th minute try out wide to fullback Mason Emerson and first five-eighth Ihaia West converted to give them victory and promotion to the Premiership next season. Wellington had led 20-9 late in the first half and 25-19 deep into the second with right wing had scored his second try.
The annual Village Kings 10-a-side tournament hosted by the Wellington Samoa Rugby Union, is being played at Wise Park, Wainuiomata, tomorrow all day from 8.30am-5.00pm. Free entry, so head there and catch all the action.
WRRA referee Ben O'Keeffe is the referee for the ITM Cup Premiership final on Saturday night between Canterbury and Auckland. O'Keeffe has refereed seven matches in the competition so far, including last weekend's semi-final between Auckland and Tasman.
The annual Wellington Rugby awards are being held at Te Papa next Tuesday. The community awards nominees are:
Club Coach of the Year
Club Team of the Year
Most Promising Player of the Year
WRFU Volunteer of the Year
Referee of the Year
Upper Hutt Rams flanker Blair Cowan was left shattered by his side's last-gasp RWC defeat to Australia, ending his World Cup Dream. For more read here
The ITM Cup Championship Final between the Wellington Lions and the Hawke's Bay Magpies is this Friday night in Napier, kick-off 7.35pm and live on Sky Sport.
In final results of two Sevens tyournaments today, Hastings Boys' High School beat St Pat's Town 41-21 to win the Hurricanes Secondary Schools title in Palmerston North and St Pat's Silverstream (pictured) beat Scots College 27-12 in the Hutt Valley Regional Secnondary Schools 7s, after Scots had defeated them in pool play. Scots College were playing in this tournament as the scheduled Wellingto City one today was cancelled. The Condor 7s is on Labour Day.
Poneke 200-game prop and Wellington club rugby legend Misiluni Moananu has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. A group of his Poneke friends have organised a small event next week to raise some funds for Luni and his family to be used how they best see fit. Next Thursday at 4.00pm at Mishmosh they are holding Karma Keg and a raffle. Tickets are $20 and the prizes include signed 2015 All Blacks and Wellington jerseys.
Alternatively if you like to make a donation you can do this direct online to Poneke account 01-0505-0621582-01 Please use Particulars: For Luni Reference: Your name. Any further questions please email Evan Belford at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call me on 021 836 440.
Ma'a Nonu will play his 100th Test this coming weekend when he plays Tonga. Nonu, who made his All Blacks Test debut in 2003, has had 83 Test starts in his stellar career, scored 29 tries and is the most capped All Blacks second five-eighth. He will become the All Blacks sixth Test centurion on Saturday morning (NZT). As well as Nonu's 100th Test match, several other All Blacks will reach milestones this Friday: Owen Franks will play his 75th Test and Samuel Whitelock will play his 70th. Conrad Smith played his 90th Test last week, while Kieran Read played his 80th Test. Read will become the 10th equal most capped All Black of all time this this week (alongside Justin Marshall).
Former All Blacks and overseas-based New Zealand players will honour the late Jerry Collins in a match against European champions Toulon.
They will don the jersey of the Classic All Blacks and take on the French giants in Toulon on Thursday (NZ time).
For more read here
Top qualifier Auckland will host fourth placed Waikato and second placed Wellington will play third placed Counties Manukau in the Women's NPC semi-finals on Saturday 10 October. Venues and times to be confirmed.
The Wellington Development team beatTasman Development 36-33 in a one-off match in Blenheim on Sunday. Wellington led 22-14 at halftime and scored tries through Wellington Axemen backs Paddy Hughes (2) and Matt Goosen (2) and OBU halfback Luke Campbell and HOBM wing Fereti Soloa. Campbell kicked three conversions.
Alex Fidow (Scots College/Ories) won the Brnoze Boot for being the Player of the Match for New Zealand in their Schools Test Match win over Australia on Friday night. Fidow was dynanmic throughout and scored a well-deserved try in the 32-8 win in Brisbane.
The Wellington Lions drew with the Hawke's Bay Magpies 22-22 at Westpac Stadium on Wednesday night. Jason Woodward (Upper Hutt Rams, pictured), Vaea Fifita (Wellington) and Reggie Goodes (Poneke) were try-scorers. The Lions next play BoP this coming Sunday in Tauranga.
The youngest member of the Pride, 'Baby' Ayesha Leti-I'iga has been making waves in the Women's NPC this year. The Porirua College wing had another good game recently against Canterbury, scoring a try and making several probing bursts. Read more about her here
Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) is set to play his 100th Test this weekend against Georgia in the Rugby World Cup. Whilst sitting in a cafe in Miramar prior to his trip overseas, Toby Robson penned this fantastic tribute to him. It concludes with: "When all is said and done, Nonu will bow out as the best and most colourful second five-eighth the All Blacks have seen. And that will apply whether he starts in the knockout stages of the Rugby World Cup or not." Read more here
SANZAR today unveiled the draw for the 2016 competition which features new teams from Japan, Argentina and South Africa who will compete for a brand new Super Rugby trophy. The new Japanese team will play its historic first game against the Lions on the afternoon of Saturday 27 February in Tokyo which will be the first Super Rugby match played in Japan. The new Argentinian team gets its maiden Super Rugby campaign underway in Bloemfontein that same weekend against the Cheetahs
Several New Zealand teams are playing in Australia's Central Coast Sevens tournament next month. In the Men’s draw, the New Zealand 7s Development, Wellington 7s and the Rangataua (Bay of Plenty club) are competing. The Women’s draw sees the New Zealand 7s Development and New Zealand Wasps teams participating. For more about the tournament read here
The opening match for Wellington and Taranaki in the National U19s Jock Hobbs tournament this coming Sunday from Owen Delany Park is at 6.00pm on Sunday. It will be shown live on Sky Sport 2 and on Hurricanes Radio on 1161AM or online at online at Tunein.com.
Undecided about which club to play for in Wellington next year? View an introductory video from Marist St Pat's here
Visit Photos above to check out some new photo galleries from representative games in Wellington in the weekend. Photos from the Wellington U19 and Wellington Development teams against Manawatu and of the Wellington Samoans U18s against Wanganui U18s.
The Wellington Maori Men's team completed their 2015 representative season on a high, beating Tasman Maori 94-17 in Blenheim on Sunday. Old Boys University wing Te Wehi Wright scored 5 tries.
The National U19 Jock Hobbs Memorial Tournament in Taupo runs on 27 and 30 September and 3 October.
The teams contesting this year’s Graham Mourie Cup Premiership (top 8) division are:
Blues: North Harbour (Ranked 1), Auckland A (2)
Chiefs: Waikato (1), Taranaki (2)
Hurricanes: Wellington (1), Manawatu (2)
South Island: Canterbury (1), Otago (2)
The teams contesting this year’s Michael Jones Trophy Championship (bottom 8) division are:
Blues: Northland (3), Auckland B (4)
Chiefs: Counties Manukau (3), Bay of Plenty (4)
Hurricanes: Hawke’s Bay (3), Heartland team (4)
South Island: Tasman (3), Southland (4)
Draws and preview later this week.
The Wellington Lions will soldier on without their captain for the remainder of the ITM Cup after he sustained a season-ending injury against Otago last night.Brad Shields fractured his jaw in the narrow loss and will undergo surgery this evening, ruling him out for an estimated six weeks. Ardie Savea is the new captain. The Lions' next match is next Sunday against Waikato.
Former All Blacks and University (Old Boys University) five-eighth and midfielder Ian Uttley has died in a car crash. Uttley played two Testsat centre against England in 1963. Diminutive in size, Uttley had top skills and a keen eye for a gap. Orginially from the South Island, Uttley spent his final year of school at Wellington College and played for Wellington between 1961-65 and again in 1968. He also played for Auckland in 1966 and Bay of Plenty in 1967. Read more
Former Old Boys University and Hurricanes utility back Shannon Paku has today been announced as a new member on the Wellington Rugby Board of Directors. Paku has been appointed as a director through to the next annual general meeting in March 2016, and becomes the first super rugby player to take a seat around the board’s table. Paku is well known to the rugby community in Wellington, having been a member of the Wellington Lions from 2000-2008, and the Hurricanes from 2001-2002, and again from 2004-2008. He then played two seasons with Montauban in France. Since his return, Paku has been involved with OBU.
The Junior Wellington Lions and the Junior Hawke's Bay Magpies met in the Hurricanes U19 Seeding Tournament on Saturday. The Wellington side won the match 46-5. Listen to the commentary by going here
Several players from Wellington schools have been named in the NZ Secondary Schools and NZ Barbarians Schools teams for upcoming matches. The two teams meet each other in Palmerston North this Saturday and the NZ Schools team plays a three-match international series in Brisbane against Samoa Schools, Australia Schools and Australia Schools Barbarians.
New Zealand Schools: Asafo Aumua (St Patrick’s Silverstream) Alex Fidow (Scots College) Losi Filipo (St Patrick’s, Silverstream), Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Wellington College) Xavier Numia (St Patrick’s College, Town) Ben Power (Hutt International Boys’ School) Peter Umaga-Jensen (Scots College) Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Scots College) New Zealand Barbarians Schools: Joshua Brown (St Patrick’s, Silverstream)
As the Avalon Wolves Rugby Football Club looks ahead to another Premier season in 2016, they are seeking applications from current and prospective coaches for all grades:
Premier, Premier Reserve, Colts, Women's, Reserve (Social), Under 85kg, Sevens.
Applications should be directed to Rugby Development Officer Scott Waldrom 0277402001 Email email@example.com and Club Captain Glen Kennedy 021973522 Email firstname.lastname@example.org All coaching applications need to be received by 25 September.
Friday 11 September 2015
Wellington U16A v Wellington U16 Development; Alex Moore Artificial 5:30pm
Wellington Lions v Tasman; Westpac Stadium 7:35pm
Saturday 12 September 2015
Wellington Development v Wellington Samoans; Petone Rec #1 2:30pm
Wellington Under 19 v Hawkes Bay Under 19; Petone Rec #1 1pm
Wellington U18 Girls v Wellington Maori Women; Maoribank Park 2pm
Wellington Maori Development v Wanganui B; Maoribank Park 12:30pm
Centurions U21 v Hutt Old Boys Marist; Petone Rec #4 1pm
Wellington Pride v Hawkes Bay; Napier 1pm
Wellington Under 18 v Wanganui; Cooks Gardens 12:30pm
Wellington Samoan Under 18 v East Coast; Ruatoria 1pm
Nine players from Wellington schools have be selected in an intial 53-player NZ Schools squad to head into camp to play Samoa Schools, Australian Barbarians Schools and Australia Schools in Brisbane at the end of this month. The players are: Asafo Aumua (St Pat's Silverstream), Joshua Brown (St Pat's Silverstream), Alex Fidow (Scots College), Losi Filipo ( St Pat's Siverstream), Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Wellington College), Ben Power (HIBS), Xavier Numia (St Pat's Town), Peter Umaga-Jensen (Scots College), Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Scots College)
Disappointing, but not disastrous, was how Wellington Pride coach James Porter summed up Saturday's loss to Waikato. The Pride led last year's beaten women's provincial finalists 13-0 at halftime in Hamilton, only to eventually be run down 27-16. "We just lacked that little bit of conditioning against a very fit and very organised Waikato team," Porter said. They play the Hawke's Bay Tuis this coming weekend at home (venue and time TBC). Read the Dominion Post article here
UPDATE: To listen to a recording of the commentary, visit soundcloud.com - search HURRICANES 050915
Tune into 1161AM (coverage from Taranaki, through Manawatu, Horowhenua, Wellington, Nelson and Marlborough) to listen to live commentary of today's clash between the Wellington U19s and the Hurricanes Barbarians U19s from Arena Manawatu. For other regions, the commentary will be on-line (mobile or PC) via www.tunein.com, (search on Te Upoko to find the station).
The Wellington U19s have been selected for their first compeitition match of the season on Saturday against the Hurricanes Barbarians. The team includes Malo Tuitama on the bench, whose name was absent from the squad we published on Monday. The team is: Delano Morkel, Josh Hosuton-Tupou, Tao-Roi Lupo, Bradd Forster, Lui Luamanu, Vern Sosefo, Te Whenua Poihipi, Patrick Fenika, Kaide McCashin, Piri Paraone, Jarrod Adams, Lester Maulolo, Pepesana Patafilo, Samoa Mamoemausu, Josh Robertson-Weepu. Reserves: Joe Walding-Karaitiana, Paasi Fine, George Taeloa, Ale Peni, Daniel Schrijvers, Logan Henry, Alex Ropeti, Malo Tuitama.
The WRFU has released the draw for the summer of Sevens draw, this being:
Club Sevens Programme:
31 October WRFU Open Invitational Sevens Tournament, Venue TBC
07 November WRFU American Ambassador Sevens Tournament, Venue TBC
Late November Piri Weepu Sevens, Wainuiomata
Early February 2016 Tawa Sevens, Tawa
College Sevens Programme:
26 September College Sevens, Naenae College
17 October Wellington Zone College 7’s Tournament, Wakefield Artificial (City Schools Only)
Derek Wootton Memorial 7’s, Porirua Park (Western Suburbs Schools Only)
Hutt Sevens, Fraser Park (Hutt Schools Only)
26 October Secondary Schools Condor Qualifying Tournament, Naenae College
07 November WRFU American Ambassadors Sevens Tournament, Venue TBC
Entries restricted to the two schools who qualify for the Condor National Sevens
21 November Under 15 Sevens, Naenae College
02 December Condor National Sevens, Kelston Boys College, Auckland
Representative Sevens Programme:
24/25 October Central Coast Sevens, Queensland (Men only)
24 October Village Kings Sevens Tournament, Porirua Park
21/22 November Auckland Sevens Tournament, Auckland (Men and Women)
12 December Representative Regional Qualifiers, Levin (Men and Women)
9 January 2016 Mt Maunganui Sevens (Men and Women)
16-17 January National Sevens, Rotorua International Stadium (Men and Women)
Marist St Pat's is seeking applications for coaches in 2016. For more read here
Wellington players selected in the All Blacks World Cup squad are Dane Coles (Poneke), Victor Vito (Marist St Pat's), TJ Perenara (Northern United), Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai), Conrad Smith (Old Boys University) and Julian Savea (Orienatal-Rongotai)
The Wellington Football Club is seeking a Rugby Development Officer. The RDO’s main responsibilities will consist of: Ensuring the Club is an attractive place to play, coach and enjoy rugby; Recruiting, up skilling and resourcing players and coaches; Building strong relationships between school and club rugby. To apply for the position of Rugby Development Officer at The Axemen please forward your CV to Jason Judd, Chairman Wellington Football Club, at email@example.com or PO Box 2624, Wellington. For further information or to discuss the position please call Jason on 021-280 2514. Applications close 5pm Monday 31 August 2015.
Vaea Fifita (Wellington Axemen) has been signed by the Hurricanes and by Wellington Rugby for three years - it has been reported. His Super contract runs through to the end of 2018 while he has also signed a two season deal with Wellington and an option for a third, the report suggests. Read more here
UPDATED: The last of the Wellington club rugby finals are being played tomorrow, bringing the curtain down on a thrilling 2015 season. Finals tomorrow are:
*In the First Grade semi-final between OBU and Stokes Valley last Saturday, OBU were found to have played an ineligible player. The player had started three times for the OBU Premier Reserves, and was therefore ineligible to play at a lower level without a regrade. As a result, the OBU team has been disqualified from the competition, and the final is confirmed as Stokes Valley v Petone Saxons
Representative draw for this coming weekend:
Festival of Rugby
Other Home Fixtures
Other Away Fixtures
Listen to the commenatary of Saturday's Hurricanes region knock-out win by St Pat's Town over Hastings Boys' High School here
Thanks to Mike Lewis for his bumper mixed gallery of the College Rugby Finals Day action from St Pat's Silverstream on Saturday. Photos are here on Facebook but will also be put up on Photos above on the website as a permament record.
Hurricanes Regional College Finals this coming weekend as as follows:
Read about Ambrose Curtis's stint in the Manawatu here
Porirua Park tonight plays host to the College Sport Wellington Girls finals. Mana and St Mary’s College’s will contest the Premier 2 (10-a-side) final at 4.30pm, followed by the Premier 1 (12-a-side) final at 6pm between Aotea College and Wainuiomata HS.
The 2015 Wellington Pride Women’s NPC squad is: Forwards; Moana Aiutu, Sunema Tupuola, Noleen Nonu, Janet Taumoli, Alice Soper, Alicia Print, Jackie Patea, Petra Kriklanova, Sanita Levave, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Caroline Sio, Kirstin Stewart, Aimee Sutorius, Miriam Ready. Backs; Agnes Dean, Raukawa Tuahuru, Lizzie Goulden, Hinerangi Temara, Amanda Rasch, Georgia Daals, Atalina Milovale, Sauimoana Solia, Tina Paulo, Vaine Marsters, Ayesha Leti-l’iga, Mena Tumaai, Ruby Finau, Fa’asua Makisi. They have the bye first up, their season opener is against Manawatu on 29 August. Follow the WNPC here
The Wellington U19 squad had a convincing 41-0 win over the Wairarapa Bush development side yesterday at memorial park masterton. The younger fitter and more skilled Wellington side were lethal on attack and exposed the more experienced Bush side – with wing Jarrod Adams (Petone) scoring a hat-trick. Hooker Josh Houston-Tupou (UH Rams) scored two tries and was bruising on both attack and defence. The other try scorers were halfback Logan Henry (Petone) and flyhalf Tynan Barrett (UH Rams). There was stand outs from openside Michael Findlay (MSP), lock Anthony Pettett (Johnsonville) and props George Taeiloa (Petone) and Delano Morkel (MSP). A well lead team on the day with Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa) leading the squad in the first half then by Daniel Schrijvers (UH Rams) in the second. Next will be a step up against the Manawatu Maori Senior team.
Listen to a full commentary of last Sunday's WelTec Premiership Wellington First XV final at Porirua Park. St Pat's Town beat defending champons Scots College 19-8. Listen here
Victor Vito (Marist St Pat's) and Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) are both in the starting All Blacks side to play Australia in Auckland on Saturday night. Julian Savea (Oriental-Rongotai), Conrad Smith (Old Boys-University) and Dane Coles (Poneke) are also in the run-on team. TJ Perenara (Northern United) starts off the bench.
The Bishop Viard College and Mana College First XVs meet this evening at 5.30pm at Porirua Park in a Beard Trophy fixture
A large contingent of the Manu Samoan squad named this week for the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be well known to New Zealand rugby audiences, with several having played Super Rugby and several more at ITM Cup and club rugby level. The squad is: Forwards: Viliamu Afatia, Jake Grey, Logovii Mulipola, Anthony Perenise, Sakaria Taulafo, Wayne Ole Avei, Ma'atulimanu Leiataua, Motu Matu'u, Faatiga Lemalu, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Thompson, Iosefa (Joe) Tekori, Maurie Faasavalu, Alafoti Faosiliva, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam, Vavae Tuilagi, Ofisa Treviranus (captain). Backs: Vavao Afemai, Kahn Fotualii, Patrick Fa'apale, Tusiata Pisi, Mike Stanley, Rey Lee-Lo, Johnny Leota, George Pisi, Paul Perez, Fa'atoina Autagavaia, Ken Pisi, Tim Nanai-Williams, Alesana Tuilagi (vice-captain) Read more here
The National champion Wellington U19s are in action for the first time in 2015 this coming Saturday when they head to Masterton to play their Wairarapa Bush counterparts at Memorial Park, kick-off 2.30pm.
Northern United RFC are seeking applications for coaches for 2016. Head and Assistant roles available. Premier, Premier Reserve, First Grade and Women's teams. Applications to be received no later than 14 August, to: The Secreatary, Northern United Rugby Football Club, PO BOX 40476, Porirua 5240, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: Wellington won this game 31-17. A Wellington XV meets the Tasman Makos today at Landsdowne Park in Blenheim, kick-off 5.30pm, in their second and final pre-season fixture ahead of the start of next week's ITM Cup.The Makos have named a strong side to meet Wellington. Read more here
St Patrick's College, Wellington, captain Jack Nelson-Murray chats rugby ahead of this Sunday's WelTec Premiership First XV final at Porirua Park, kick-off 2.15pm. Read more here
Visit Photos across the top of this page for several new photos galleries from Friday's and Saturday's rugby. More galleries being added.
The Dominion Post covered all three finals yesterday. Read their coverage here
Results from today's lower grade Wellington club rugby matches will be posted on Sunday. On this website, these include the U21 Paris Memorial Trohy, the U85kg Division 1 Paul Potiki Shield, the Premier Reserve Ed Chaney Cup/HD Morgan Memorial and the First Grade Johnsonville Centennium Cup.
For fans that can’t wait until tomorrow, there’s plenty of rugby tonight. Games at 7.45pm include:
Canterbury defeated Wellington 50-33 in an ITM Cup pre-season match at Rugby League Park in Wellingotn today. Canterbury were far too clinical for Wellington, racing to a 28-7 halftime lead. The home side played better in the second half, but Canterbury pulled clear.
A Wellington XV meets the Canterbury ITM Cup squad at Rugby League Park this Friday, kick-off 2pm. The Wellington team is:
Forwards: Leni Apisai (Northern United), Hunter Prescott (Oriental-Rongotai), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Marist St Pat's), Joe Apikatoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist), John Schwalger (Northern United), Reggie Goodes (Poneke), Hoani Matenga (Wellington), James Blackwell (Petone), Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Greg Foe (Poneke), Henry Stowers (Wainuiomata), Pau Halafihi (Oriental-Rongotai), Brad Shields (Petone).Backs: Frae Wilson (Wanuiomata), Adam Deck (Wellington), Jonathan Bentley (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United), Marvin Karawana (Wainuiomata), Shaun Treeby (Tawa), Tomasi Alosio (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Tu Umaga-Marshall (Tawa), Ambrose Curtis (Oriental-Rongotai), Sam McNicol (Petone).
The 2015 Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition will be shared by Tawa's TJ Fermanis and Wellington's Adam Deck. Neither these two, nor anyone that catch them, is playing in this weekend's Jubilee Cup final. See the updated list below on this page. Only Issac O'Connor (MSP), Fa'atonu Fili (MSP) and Wes Goosen (OBU) can move up to the minor placings after the final.
Some new photo galleries have been added. See Photos above for these.
Upper Hutt Rams first five-eighth Nua Fono-Hunt played his 100th Premier game for the club in his team's 44-16 Hardham Cup semi-finals win over Avalon on Saturday. A long serving player who has filled most positions in the backline in his time, also played a season for Petone in 2012.
Lekah Leti starts and plays her 50th game for the Northern United Women's team, while Sanita Levave will be coming off the bench for her 100th appearance in their Victoria Tavern semi-final against the Old Boys University Impalas today.
Wellington College's latest All Black, Southland first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga, will travel to Ellis Park Sopoaga, 24, will travel to Ellis Park in the knowledge he is surrounded by familiar faces; halfback Aaron Smith plays with him at the Highlanders and Sopoaga was a team-mate of Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith when he lived in Wellington. Sopoaga and James Broadhurst are te only two newcomers in the All Blacks. Read more here
Taranaki lock James Broadhurst will make his debut for the All Blacks after being named in the starting XV against South African on Sunday morning (NZT).
Broadhurst, who will become All Black number 1144, will start in the second row alongside Brodie Retallick in the side's second Rugby Championship match.
Lima Sopoaga will also make his debut as he comes in for Daniel Carter at first five-eighth.
The Kapiti Observer had a chat with Wellington Axemen loose forward Sam Gard'ner after his great game for Horowhenua-Kapiti in last week's Ranfurly Shield loss to the Hawke's Bay Magpies. Gard'ner scored the game's opening try, converted by former Northern United player Perry Hayman. It was only at the end of the match that the Magpies pulled clear to win. Read more here
Update: In a thriller, Bishop Viard won a thrilling Beard Trophy encounter defeating holders Tawa 21-17 with a last minute try.Wednesday sees two big College rugby clashes in Wellington. The St Patrick's Traditional takes centre stage in the afternoon when Silverstream hosts Town at 1.40pm with bragging rights and a bye in this weekends first playoff round at stake, while at Porirua Park at 6.30pm Tawa College defend the Beard Trophy against challengers Bishop Viard.
The second match between the St Pat’s Town and St Pat’s Silverstream Old Boys is being played this afternoon at 2.30pm at St Pat’s Silverstream. The match, played under Golden Oldies rules, is 80 years after the abandoned Golden Jubilee match between the colleges, which was abandoned in 1935. The First XVs of the two colleges meet in their annual midweek Traditional match on Wednesday.
We've added a handful of new photo galleries to the Photos section above. With the poor weather on Saturday, we're down on these this week. Here's hoping for a fine finals day coming up. Please email your photo galleries to email@example.com
New Plymouth Old Boys' and new Taranaki halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi has signed a two year contract with the Hurricanes.
The 20 year old, born in Rotorua, has played in Taranaki for the last two seasons and has had a successful year with both the New Zealand U20 championship team and his club, who recently won the Taranaki club rugby premier final.
“I’m looking forward to learning from TJ and the other halfbacks. To mix and mingle with all of the players and coaching staff as well is going to be great for my growth as a player and person, so I can’t wait" he said.
Hurricanes assistant coach Jason Holland worked with Tahuriorangi during the U20 campaign and said he is a huge prospect for the future.
Congratulations to Northern United's Francis Seumanutafa who played his 100th match for Northern United in today's Hardcham Cup fixture between Norths and Avalon. Wearing his customary number 24 jersey, he came off the bench to add much needed spark to Norths in the second half but Avalon held on to win. A versitile player, Seumanutafa has played variously at lock, flanker and wing. His brother, Telea, plays for Tawa.
The Wellington U19s 35-man squad was announced today. Read more here
Wellington players selected in the 23-man All Blacks team to meet Argentina this Friday night in Christchurch in the first match of the Rugby Championship are: TJ Perenara (Northern United), Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) and Jeremy Thrush (Hutt Old Boys Marist).
Steve Rogers will have his first day on the job at Wellington Rugby’s Newtown office today, as the organisation’s new chief executive. Rogers to Wellington earlier this year, having spent the past six years living in Samoa, and more recently Vanuatu, as a chief executive officer with ANZ Bank. Rogers has a rich history in rugby, particularly with Tawa where he played right through the age grades before taking up a coaching role with the senior team in 1990. This year he has been co-coach of Jubilee Cup semi-finalists Tawa. Wellington. Rogers also spent time in Hawke’s Bay where he coached the Taradale premiers to two championships, and the Hawke’s Bay development team.
In a battle between the two franchise’s U18 teams, the Hurricanes U18s have blown the Crusaders Squires away, winning 61-17 in their match in Blenheim today. It was 17-17 at halftime.
Hutt Old Boys Marist loosehead prop Simon “Mongy" Malaeulu played his 150th Premier match for the Eagles against Wainuiomata yesterday. Malaeulu has won two Jubilee Cups (2007 and 2014) and two Swindale Shields (2012 and 2015). Out of St. Pat's Silverstream, Malaeulu was HOBM Club Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. On Saturday night, his teammates celebrated with a Simon Malaeulu wig night (pictured above).
Chase Tiatia (HOBM), Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata) and Solomona Sakalia (MSP) have been named in Bay of Plenty’s ITM Cup squad this afternoon.
The Wests Roosters are holding their Old Timers' Day tomorrow. All past and present supporters and players are invited to their clubrooms at Ian Galloway Park on Saturday.
Its winter, so it rains a bit and its cold. Consequently, there's a been a raft of transfers affecting all grades below Jubilee and Hardham Cup level tomorow. Additonally, the Paris Memorial Colts grade has been cancelled outright. For the competitions we run, these changes will be made this afternoon in the Draws & Results section above.
Reggie Goodes (Poneke), Brad Shields (Petone) and Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) have been selected today in the NZ Barbarians side to play the Maori All Blacks next Saturday at Eden Park. Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai) was unavailable through injury.
Current Wellington players, Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai) and Ben May (Old Boys University) have been named in the Maori All Blacks side to play Fiji in Suva on Saturday. The team is captained by Charlie Ngatai (formerly Poneke). The Fijian team named for this match includes Taniela Korori (Tawa) and Api Naikatini (Northern United)
MSP have announced that former Wellington College First XV first five-eighth, Wellington Lion and 61-match Premier rugby player Andrew Wells is heading to France to play rugby. Wells is linking up with Rugby Pro D2 club FC Auch Gers. Read more here
Please visit Photos above of the weekend's rugby in Wellington, with new galleries from selected matched in the Ed Chaney Cup, Women's, College, Hardham Cup and Jubilee Cup sections. More Colts and Super Rugby Final photos being uploaded soon. This is a user generated content, and we are creating a record for the future, so please feel free to send photo galleries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Oriental-Rongotai and Old Boys University midfielder Paula Kinikinilau has been named in the Romanian Oaks Rugby World Cup squad. Read more here Meanwhile, his brother Roy scored another two tries for Johnsonville on Saturday to take his 2015 season tally to 15 in 10 Swindale Shield/Hardham Cup starts.
The Highlanders defeated the Hurricanes 21-14 in Saturday night's Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Read the report and match reaction at the Super Rugby website
David Va'a will play his blazer game of 100 appearances today for Wainuiomata against Oriental-Rongotai in their fifth round Jubilee Cup match. Va'a. who played in last year's Jubilee Cup final at looshead prop, has been named to start on the tighthead side of the scrum today
Tawa College retained the Beard Trophy with a 10-6 win over Aotea College at Jerry Collins Stadium on Wednesday night.
For those that can't wait until Saturday, there's plenty of rugby on Wednesday:
Quadrangular Tournament at Wellington College
Midday – Wanganui Collegiate v Christs College and 1.30pm – Wellington College v Nelson College
Traditional and WelTec Premiership at Rongotai College
1.30pm – Rongotai v St Pats Silverstream (@Rongotai)
Beard Trophy at Jerry Collins Stadium
6.30pm – Tawa defending against Aotea’s challenge
Paris Memorial Trophy Colts at Ngatitoa Domain
7.15pm – Tawa v Paremata-Plimmerton (catch-up match)
Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai) and Ben May (Old Boys-University) are the two current Wellington players named in he Maori All Blacks squad. They play Fiji in Suva on Saturay 11 July and the New Barbarians in Auckland on Saturday 18 July.
UPDATE: Nelson College beat Wanganui Collegiate 30-7 and Wellington College defeated Christ's College 36-8 in day one matches. Wellington College is hosting the 2015 Quadrangular Tournament this Monday and Wednesday, featuring Christ’s College, Nelson College, Wanganui Collegiate and Wellington College. Wellington College has had 33 wins, followed by Nelson with 18, Wanganui and Christ’s both with 14. Wellington College has won it 12 successive times since 2003, but this so far have their season has been modest. On Monday, Wanganui Collegiate and Nelson College meet at 12pm and Wellington College and Christ’s play at 1.30pm.
The 2015 Super Rugby final will be an all New Zealand affair at Westpac Stadium in Wellington next week between the home side the Hurricanes and visitors the Highlanders after both combined brawn with brains in beating Australian teams in their semi-finals. The Hurricanes beat the best defensive team in the competition, the Brumbies, four tries to nil, 29-9 at home, while the Highlanders engineered a second half rugby clinic to beat the Waratahs 35-17 in Sydney. Ticket details to follow.
Three Wellington clubs are holding their Old Timers' Days tomorrow. All past players and supporters are welcome at their clubrooms all afternoon and throughout the evening. These clubs being: Old Boys University, Northern United and Avalon Wolves.
Aaron Gage will play his blazer game of 100 appearances tomorrow for Wainuiomata against Wellington in their fourth round Jubilee Cup match. Gage made his starting debut for the Wainuiomata Premiers in 2009 and has played variously at flanker, No. 8 and at lock where he plays tomorrow.
The Hurricanes team to host the Brumbies on Saturday night in their Super Rugby semi-final has been named. See the side hoping to hold off the Horsemen here
Scots College takes on Lindisfarne College at 12.15pm and St Pat's Silverstream hosts Palmerston North Boys' High School at 1.30pm, in two mid-week First XV matches today. UPDATE: Scots College beat Lindisfarne 34-11 and PNBHS defeated St Pat's Silverstream 33-30.
Tana Umaga (Petone) has been named as the new Blues Head Coach. Former All Blackcs captain Umaga said it was an honour to take up the role with the Blues.“I am excited at the opportunity and of course understand there’s a big challenge ahead for us all,” said Umaga. “I know there are a lot of very good players signed on and I look forward to working with them. There’s no quick fix to turn things around. It is going to take a lot of very hard work which will be my focus. I want to let our performances on the field do the talking.”
Visit Photos across the top of this page for several more photo galleries from Wellington club and college rugby from the weekend. Email photo galleries to email@example.com
The Hurricanes will host the Brumbies in Wellington and the Waratahs will welcome the Highlanders to Sydney in the two Super Rugby semi-finalst next Saturday night. The two winners of the Semi-finals will progress to the final and the highest ranked team will host the 2015 Super Rugby final. In the knock-out matches this weekend, the Highlanders ousted the Chiefs 24-14 and the Brumbies defeated the Stormers 39-19.
Current Wellington players named today in the initial 41-man All Blacks squad of the year are: Dane Coles (Poneke), Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams), Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai), TJ Perenara (Northern United), Julian Savea (Oriental-Rongotai), Conrad Smith (Old Boys University), Jeremy Thrush (Hutt Old Boys Marist) and Victor Vito (Marist St Pat's). Plus: Lima Sopoaga (Old Boys-University/Southland). Notable absence: Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai)
Henry Stowers (Wainuiomata) will come off the bench in the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship against England in Cremona, Italy, on Sunday Morning. James Blackwell (Petone) has been ruled out with a head knock. Vince Tavae-Aso (Marist St Pat's) is also on the bench. The final kicks off on Sky Sport at 6.23am on Sunday morning NZT.
The New Zealand team for the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship against England in Cremona, Italy, on Sunday Morning has been selected. The final kicks off on Sky Sport at 6.23am on Sunday morning NZT. Read the team announcement by our good friends at New Zealand Rugby here
There are some changes to times and venues in the Women's grade and lower grades for club rugby tomorow. For the competitons that we run through this website please visit Draws & Results above. Or read here
Top points scorer in the Fleurs Trophy 142 (12 tries and 41 conversions) Georgia Daals brings up her 50 Cap for OBU vs Avalon at the Basin Reserve on Saturday. Georgia has been a valuable and influential player since joining OBU in 2012 as a utility back, also representing Wellington in the Pride in both 15s and 7s. She was recently named in the regional sevens academy.
Oriental-Rongotai’s Joanah Ngan-Woo plays her 50th game for her club on Saturday against HOBM at home at the Polo Ground. A hard-working, versatile forward, 19-year old Joanah Ngan-Woo has played variously at lock, flanker and No. 8 and has represented the Wellington Pride for the past two seasons.
Jerry Collins was farewelled in his hometown of Porirua today. Read More Here
Wellington College went down 25-34 to unbeaten Crusaders region side Christchurch Boys' High School this afternoon, in Christchurch.
Please visit the Photos section across the top of this page to view galleries of some club and college matches played over the weeekend. More photos by #MikeLewis coming today from games at the Petone Rec. Please send in your photo galleries for this section to firstname.lastname@example.org Not for now, but for the records in 5-10 years time.
A nice story with Richard Watt (Poneke) on his time working as a rubbish collector with a young up and coming Jerry Collins. Following in the footsteps of 1960s All Black Tom Lister (Athletic), Collins would work the trucks to get fit and strong. Read more here
Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua will host this year's Wellington club rugby finals day on Saturday 1 August. The day will feature the Jubilee Cup, Hardham Cup and Women’s finals. Wellington Rugby chief executive James Te Puni said: “Porirua City and Northern United Rugby Club have great facilities for Rugby , and given we have just lost one of Porirua’s favourite Rugby sons it is appropriate that this year’s finals will be held at Jerry Collins’ home ground at Norths.” WRFU Community Rugby Manager Will Caccia-Birch also noted that Saturday had been voted on by clubs as the preferred day this year, and kick-off times for the finals would be consistent with those scheduled for these grades throughout the regular season. Schedule for Saturday August 1, Porirua Park: 1.00am / Victoria Tavern Trophy (Women’s Division 1 final), 1.15pm / Hardham Cup (Premier 2 final), 3.30pm / Jubilee Cup (Premier 1 final)
Wellington and Tawa midfielder Shaun Treeby plays his 50th match for the Highlanders tonight when he lines up against the Blues in Auckland in their final round-robin match of the year. Treeby will get to the chance to extend his appearances sheet in the playoffs, and could yet line up against the Hurricanes in the semi-final in Wellington.
Former Northern United captain and All Black Jerry Collins is to be farewelled at a public funeral service in Porirua next week.Jerry's manager and Collins family spokesperson Tim Castle said Jerry's funeral service would be held at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua at 10.00AM next Wednesday 17 June and members of the public were welcome to attend. Mr Castle said Jerry's body will be accompanied home to New Zealand over the next few days by a small group, including his cousin and fellow former All Black Tana Umaga and dear friends former All Black Chris Masoe and his wife Gemma and Stevenson Malotu'upule. Following the funeral service at Te Rauparaha Arena, Jerry will be buried in a ceremony for extended family and friends.
Petone's Sam McNichol is enoying his time at the Hurricanes and could make his Super Rugby debut off the bench in tomorrow night's match against the Chiefs. The NZ Herald plots his course back after off-season hip surgery here
Wainuiomata's Glen Angus runs out to play his 100th Premier match for Wainuiomata tomorrow against Marist St Pat's in the Jubilee Cup. Angus made his Premier debut at the start of 2008 and has played much of his career thus far as a lock. Latterly he has moved to blindside flanker and now No. 8, where he will play tomorrow. He has scored 19 Premier tries in his 99 matches.
Congratulations to Northern United and Wellington Pride utility back Vaine Marsters for reaching the milestone of 50 games for her club team. Marsters has been in the team since 2012 and has been a valuable asset to the backline and team.
Tawa's Pati Gaualofa plays his 100th match for his club tomorrow when his side hosts Wellington at Lyndhurst Park. Gaualofa first played for Tawa in 2006 and went on to play for the Wellington Lions soon after. He was a key forward for much of the season in Tawa's all-conquering 2013 side that won the Swindale Shield and Jubilee Cup.
The Hurricanes have been busy dropping full page advertisments in newspapers this morning. But here is some free advertising:
Hurricanes v TBC Investec Super Rugby semi-final, Westpac Stadium. Saturday 27 June at 7.35 pm. Tickets on sale at 9.00 am this morning. For more go here
It is assumed that club rugby that day, and the day of the final, should they make it, will be brought forward a couple of hours. And/or played on Sunday.
Bishop Viard College are the 2015 CCO Coed Cup winners, beating Tawa College 25-20 in an absorbing and hard-fought final tonight at Lyndhurst Park. Bishop Viard College will progress to the regional knockout stages at the end of the season.
Visit the Photos link above to view some more galleries from the weekend's rugby in Wellington. Games include: HOBM v Petone (Jubilee Cup), Avalon v Petone B (Hardham Cup), Petone v Upper Hutt Rams (Colts), Norths v Wainuiomata (Women's) and Rogotai College v St Pat's Silverstream (First XV). Still to come: Ories v Avalon (Women's) and Scots College v St Pat's Silverstream (First XV). Please email photos, for the records and archives, to: email@example.com
The Hurricanes have finished top of the pile, qualifying for a home Super Rugby final, after beating the Highlanders 56-20 in Napier on Friday night. Read the official match report here
Clipping from the Dominion Post and great photo by Maarten Holl of Jerry playing for Norths.
All Blacks and Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles has become the third player to commit long-term to New Zealand Rugby (NZR), with the front rower re-signing with the national union and his Investec Super Rugby team through to 2019.
The deal is further good news for New Zealand Rugby and follows last week's announcement that his Hurricanes' teammate Julian Savea and Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick had signed four-year deals with NZR.
Francis Douglas Memorial College have falled short to St Bernard's College in Lower Hutt today (Wednesday).
The 20-19 score line was simply down to a late penalty kick by the home side in a disappointing last minute loss their second after Palmerston North Boys' High School scored on the stroke of full time in their traditional last month.
Francis Douglas play Rathkeale College in the Central North Island competition on Saturday in Masterton.
The Wellington XV defeated Wairarapa-Bush 53-3 in their pre-season Jimmy Cotter Memorial Cup match in Masterton tonight. The Wellington selection out-scored the home team 7 tries to nil, leading 24-3 at halftime. Scoring (unofficial): Max Pearson 2, Wes Goosen, Tu Umaga-Marshall, Vaea Fifita, Johnny Bentley, TBC 2 tries Jackson Garden-Bachop 3con; TBC 2 con.
There are several photo galleries from the weekend's club rugby in Wellington. Owing to internet connectivity issues at one work site and a firewall at another, preventing these being uploaded to the server, please visit our Facebook Page for now to view these. Photos will be uploaded to the website when we can.
Jonathan Bentley went close to helping Hutt Old Boys Marist win silverware in 2006, before winning the jubilee Cup in 2007. He then flew the Nest for Japan and latterly England. It has been reported this morning that he is returning to Wellington to play for the Wellington Lions. It is likely he will also turn out for the Eagles in this year’s Jubilee Cup. Read more here
The second round Premier Jubilee Cup, Premier 2 Hardham Cup and Senior 1 Ed Chaney Cup draws have been released. These will be added to the Draws & Results section of this website this week. In the meantime, view the draws here First round matches include:
Tawa v Wainuiomata, Lyndhurst Park, 2.45pm
Petone v Hutt Old Boys Marist, Petone Rec, 2.45pm
Oriental-Rongotai v Marist St Pats, Polo Ground, 2.45pm
Wellington v Old Boys University, Hataitai Park, 2.45pm
Tawa v Upper Hutt Rams, Lyndhurst Park, 1.00pm
Petone v Avalon Wolves, Petone Rec, 1.00pm
Johnsonville v Northern United, Helston Park, 2.45pm
Paremata-Plimmerton v Poneke, Ngati Toa Domain, 2.45pm
A Wellington XV squad has been named to play Wairarapa Bush on Tuesday 2 June in Masterton for the Jimmy Cotter Memorial Shield. FORWARDS: James O'Reilly (HOBM), Hunter Prescott (Ories), Whetu Henry (Ories), Atilla Va'a (WoA), Vince Sakaria (MSP), Joe Apikatoa (HOBM), Nemani Waaka (MSP), Liam Hallam-Eames (Ories), Vaea Fifita (Wn), Murphy Taramai (UHR), Pau Halafihi (Ories), Issac O'Connor (MSP), Greg Foe (Pk) BACKS: Adam Deck (Wn), Frae Wilson (WoA), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths), Wes Goosen (OBU), Tu Umaga-Marshall (Tawa), Isaiah Petelo (MSP), Marvin Karawana (WoA), Max Pearson (UHR), Andrew Ellis (Ories), Sam McNicol (Ories), Tau Mamea (WoA) COACHES: TBA
Julian "the Bus" Savea has today re-signed with the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby through to the end of 2019, joining a number of Hurricanes’ backline players who have already re-signed.
Following his 2011 debut against the Highlanders in Wellington, Savea has gone on to play 67 matches for the Hurricanes. He has accumulated 145 points in the process, making him one of the club’s most prolific try-scorers of recent times.
The WRFU Appeals Committee comprising Chairman Richard Laurenson, and Board of Directors Iain Potter and John Willis have released their decision in the respect of the appeal lodged by Tawa Rugby Football Club (Tawa) relating to the original decision to remove two (2) competition points from Tawa, and award two (2) competition points to Old Boys University. The Appeals Committee have confirmed the appeal is dismissed. The decision of the Hearings Committee of the Rugby Board stands. This decision confirms Hutt Old Boys Marist as the winner of the Swindale Shield, and Tawa the winner of the Harper Lock Shield. These two Shields will be presented to Hutt Old Boys Marist and Tawa this Saturday.
New galleries can be viewed in the photo menu above of the following games:
Three sixth round women's matches were played on Friday night. Norths beat Johnsonville 92-0 with Jamie McInstosh scoring 28 points, Old Boys University beat HOBM 45-17 with Georgia Daals scoring 25 points and Avalon defeated Poneke 58-0. The fourth match of the round was decided over the telephone yesterday, with Tawa defaulting to Ories. Congrulations to Lisa Karaka for playing her 50th match for Norths last night.
Eastbourne, Marist St Pats, Oriental-Rongotai, Poneke, and the Upper Hutt Rams are all holding their Old Timers' Days tomorrow. All former and current supporters and players are welcome. A feature of MSP's Past and Present Players' Day is a reunion of the 1995 Premier team that took out the Swindale Shield-Jubilee Cup double.
In two friendly First XV matches played on Wednesday, Wellington’s St Pat’s Silverstream lost 20-33 to New Plymouth Boys’ High School and Hutt International Boys’ School missed out 14-52 to Rathkeale College.
Hutt International Boys' School captain Ben Power is busy preparing for this season's First XV season, starting with his team's season opener against Wellington College on Saturday. College Sport Media?caught up with him ahead of the seaosn about his rugby ad his track and field career?
UPDATE: St Pat's Town won this fixture 76-3 (halftime 29-3). St Pat's won the U15 match 53-5. St Patrick's College, Wellington, defends the Hibernian Cup against St John's College, Hastings, at Evans Bay Park at 12.00pm Wednesday. The Hibernian Cup was previously played for as part of a competiton between maris schools, but it is now a Challenge Cup. This is the first Traditional of the year for St Pat's an a warm-up for their Wellington competition and season opening Moasacar Cup challenge game against Scots College on Saturday.?
Old Boys University v Upper Hutt Rams
Avalon v Petone
Tawa v Northern United
Norths v Ories
The 2015?WelTec 1stXV Premiership?commences this Saturday, Visit the competition schedule on the Draws & Results menu across the top of this page.?
Congratulations to OBU Impalas hooker Luana Tafeamaalii, who's 50th game for OBU is marked with this weeks game against Wainuiomata at the Petone Rec. Lu joined OBU in the 2011 season and has been a regular and valuable player since then making an impact on and off the field.
Norths Celebrated Brenda Collins' 100th game for the club with a win and her bagging two tries today in Norths' 36-6 win over Ories in a key Fleurs Trophy match. Norths coach Matt Poutoa said:?"Brenda is an important part of our team, making sure our standards are kept high. A valuable member of the team.?She has represented Wellington in both 7s and 15s over the years as well as Manu Sina 7s and 15s more recently.?"She hasn't played a full season in three years, otherwise she wouldve reached the century a while back".?Brenda played only part of the 2013 season before playing for the kiwi ferns in the league world cup. She also missed the back end of last year (along with Black Fern Sanita Levave and sister Helen Collins) before going to the rugby world cup representing Samoa in France. Her brother is 48-Test All Black Jerry.?
Owing to inclement weather and the threat of more to come, there are a number of changes to this week's Wellington club rugby draw. The WRFU has advised early afternoon that the Colts, U85kg, Reserve Grade and President's Grade matches are all cancelled tomorrow. The amended draw for other grades, can be viewed by visiting Draws & Results accross the top of this page.
Unfortunately a decision has been made to cancel the Wellington round of the 1st XV Festival.?Noting that many teams are leaving to travel to Wellington tomorrow, organisers can’t provide any guarantee that roads will be cleared, let alone fields for us to play on.?Most rugby grounds in Wellington are currently experiencing flooding and would require at least two days with no rain before it would be cleared to play. With more rain predicated over the following two days grounds are expected to get worse!?It is a disappointing way to end the Festival, however the weather is an uncontrollable factor.?
The two College Sport Co-ed Cup semi-finals are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, with Bishop Viard and Upper Hutt Colleges the home sides against Aotea College and Tawa College respectively. Both matches are 3.45pm kickoffs. UPDATE: Bishop Viard College beat Aotea College 17-13 and Tawa College defeated Upper Hutt College 23-7. Bishop Viard v Tawa final - TBC.?
Two Wellington players have been selected for the New Zealand U20s squad to contest the World Rugby Junior Championship in Italy in June. James Blackwell (Petone) and Henry Stowers (Wainuiomata) both return from recent injury to the squad. Leni Apisai (Northern United) was ruled out through injury, along with previously sidelined candidate Morgan Poi (OBU). Other OBU players Teariki Ben Nicholas, Wes Goosen and Luke Campbell have missed selection for this team.
New photo galleries can be viewed by visiting Photos above:
Norths v Upper Hutt Rams
Petone v Paremata-Plimmerton
Hutt Old Boys Marist v Johnsonville (x2)
Norths v Upper Hutt Rams
Scots College was the most flamboyant First XV in New Zealand in 2014. They hardly kicked the ball and adopted a 'run it from anywhere' attitude that yielded 116 tries in 21 games. To successfully play such an audacious style of rugby requires honest forwards and lock Henry Mexted is the epitomy of that. Mexted's lineout prowess and graft was a key part of Scots triumphs last year. It earned him selection for the Wellington Under-18's. They were unbeaten in their representative fixtures.?Read more here
Results from Saturday's WelTec Premier First XV Grading games yesterday (round two of three): Rongotai College 48 - Hutt Valley High School 14; Kapiti College 32 - Taita College 20; St Bernard's College 43 - Paraparaumu College 30; Wairarapa College 34 - Bishop Viard College 25; Hutt International 24 - Wainuiomata College 21; Mana College 31 -St Bernard's 2nds 14; Onslow College 69 -Tawa 2nds 0; Porirua College 27 - Upper Hutt College 5, Tawa College 50 - Newlands College 0
This Saturday, Paremata-Plimmerton RFC and the Petone RFC play for the inaugural??Ken Gray Cup when they meet in the Swindale Shield at Ngatitoa Domain, kick-off 2.30 pm. The Gray family have given their blessing for this Cup to be contested in Ken’s name. Former Wellington second XV player Gray made the Wellington Bs out of the Paremata clubs before moving to Petone for higher honours. Gray went on to captain Wellington for several seasons, notably to wins over South Africa in 1965 and the British Lion in 1966 and played 50 matches and 24 Tests for the ALl Blacks between 1963-69.
Kat Whata-Kimpkins (Avalon) has been selected in the New Zealand Women's Sevens team for the upcoming London (15-16 May and Amsterdam (22-23 May) tournaments. New Zealand has won all four of the six rounds played so far in the competition (Dubai, Brazil, USA and Canada) and lead the points table on 80, followed by Canada on 58, and Australia on 56.
A recent complaint from Old Boys University in their Swindale Shield fifth round match against Tawa (won 35-29 by Tawa) focused on the issue of the match going to uncontested scrums, and OBU’s belief that this shouldn’t have happened under law. The WRFU committee upheld OBU's complaint and found that Tawa had breached WRFU By-Law 4.4 (Number and Qualification of Players and Replacements) and IRB Law 3.5n (The front row - replacements and substitutions). Subsequently, the Committee has removed two (2) competition points from Tawa, and awarded two (2) competition points to OBU. Tawa are now on 30 points (previously 32) and OBU 16 (previously 14). Both clubs have the right to appeal this decision.
Jared Kahu, pictured here shaking hands with HOBM captain James O'Reilly following the recent McBain Shield match, plays his 100th match for the Petone Premiers on Saturday when they play Paremata-Plimmerton for the inaugural Ken Gray Cup. Kahu made his Petone Premier debut in 2007 and has played variously at fullback, centre, first five-eighth and halfback where he has started every match so far this year.?
Visit Photos across the top of this page to view galleries from the weekend of the following matches:
Northern United v Johnsonville
Avalon v Wellington
Harper Lock Shield
Avalon v Wellington
Paris Memorial Trophy Colts
Northern United v Johnsonville
Still to come: Upper Hutt Rams v Wainuiomata
Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai) has re-signed with the Hurricanes through to the end of 2017.?Proctor said he was excited by the opportunity to stay at the club for another two years.“The team’s heading in a really good direction and I’m looking forward to contributing wherever I can to help us achieve the goals we set out to achieve at the start of each season,” he said.“This year has been awesome so far, and I’m enjoying the challenge of taking each chance I’m given and making it count. We’ve got some great talent here at the Hurricanes and I think that is only going to help me continue to grow as a player.”
Old Boys Univeristy trio, halfback Luke Campbell, No. 8 Teariki Ben Nicholas and right wing Wes Goosen have been selected in the starting XV for the New Zealand U20s in tomorrow's Ocenaia Junior Championship match against Samoa. Kick-off on the Gold Coast is 3.00 pm (NZT).?
The Hurricanes are still top dog in this year's Super Rugby competition, after beating the Crusaders 29-23 at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. Read the official match report here?
Three third round Fleurs Trophy Women's competition matches were played on Friday night. Ories beat Poneke 76-0, Norths defeated Tawa 96-0 and Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Johnsonville 104-0. The fourth match between Avalon and Wainuiomata was postponed to an as yet unnamed date.
Please email any details of this match to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any news of this match seems to be a secret online this morning! UPDATE: The Chiefs Development XV ran out 37-15 winners (17-15 at halftime).?
Interclub Trophies for tomorrow include:
Wellingtion trio Leni Apisai (Northern United), Teariki Ben Nicholas (Old Boys University) and Luke Campbell (Old Boys University) have been selected in he first NZ U20s squad of the year, to face Japan today as part of the Oceania U20 Championship. New Zealand also plays Samoa next Tuesday and Australia next Saturday. Meanwhile, Chase Tiatia (HOBM) lines up at fullback for Samoa against Australia.?
Prince Harry is set to attend the upcoming Super Rugby match at Westpac Stadium on 2 May between the Hurricanes and the Sharks, it was announced today.?
The Hurricanes Development Typhoons side plays the Chiefs Development on Thursday night to mark the opening of Trust House Memorial Park’s $2.1million artificial turf in Masterton. It is thought to be the first professional rugby match to be played on artificial turf, in New Zealand. This match will also mark the end of the Hurricanes Development, the Typhoons having lost to the Crusader Knights in their first match, then beating the Chiefs and Blues more recently.
Two First XV Wellington Co-ed Cup matches were played on Wednesday afernoon. Aotea College beat Porirua College 22-14 and Tawa defeated Newlands College 99-0.?
The following players with current or recent connections to Wellington club rugby have made Samoa's 55-man initial training squad for the 2015 international season:
Anthony Perenise (Northern United), Kane Thompson (Wests Roosters), Faifilli Levave (Northern United), Jack Lam (Oriental-Rongotai), Jack Taulapapa (Johnsonville), Alapati Leiua (Northern United), Reynold Lee Lo (Marist St Pat's), Sinoti Sinoti (Northern United)
New galleries can be viewed in the Photos section across the top of this page from the following games:
Premier Swindale Shield:
Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield:
Read the match reports from all seven Swindale Shield sixth round matches, courtesy of the Dominion Post,?here?
Congratulations to Old Boys University halfback and Wellington U19 halfback Luke Campbell for his late call-up to the Wellington U20s side. Campbell joined the Junior All Blacks squad in Auckland as an injury replacement as they head to Australia to play a pre-Junior World Cup tournament.?
Congratulations to Petone loose forward?Mateaki Kafatolu for reaching the milestone of 100 Premier matches for Petone tomorrow. Kafatolu made his Premier debut for Petone in 2008 and won the Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition in 2009, the year he won the Swindale Shield with Petone.?
The New Zealand Universities side have arrived in Japan determined to fly the flag and uphold the best traditions of scarfie rugby.?The NZU flew out late on Wednesday night after a meet and greet assembly in Auckland. Read the New Zealand Herald article?here
The Old Boys University Rugby Club could be playing their last games on the Basin Reserve ths winter, if another sport has its way. For more?read here
All Black no.731 and former captain Andy Leslie was elected a Life Member at the NZRU AGM today. Chairman Brent Impey said Leslie had made a significant contribution to rugby over many years. He had served as a Vice President and President of NZRU, was a founding member and trustee of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation and in 2001 was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby. Leslie is also a Life Member of Wellington RFU, Centurions RFC, and Petone RFC
The first round of the Coed Cup Wellington qualifying series was played tonight. Results were:
2014 Wellington club rugby top try scorer and Hutt Old Boys Marist player?Chase Tiatia's move to the Bay of Plenty Steamers has been confirmed. Meanwhile, Wainuiomata lock/flanker Shahn Eru is also joining Bay of Plenty. Eru has been playing in Italy in the off-season. For more read here?
There have been changes to the structure of the Colts club rugby competition, with the Division 1 and 2 grades merged into one for the?Paris Memorial Trophy. For more visit Draws & Results above and navigate on the side to the Paris Memorial Trophy competition.?
Petone's Sam McNicol has been called up as injury cover for the rest of the season to replace Jason Woodward who broke his ankle on Saturday when he was caught between two defenders while playing at centre for the Upper Hutt Rams against Oriental Rongotai at the Polo Ground.?Read more here
Visit Photos in the menu item above to view photos from the weekend’s following games:
Also: Wellington College v Feilding HS here ; St Pat’s Silverstream v St Kent’s coming soon; Hurricanes v Waratahs coming soon
Jeremy Thrush is living proof that good things come to those who wait. The big lock may have mellowed over the years, but his passion for the Hurricanes hasn't changed ahead of his 100th match for the club. Read more?
Congratulations to Hutt Old Boys Lock Jeremy Thrush for playing his 100th match for the Hurricanes today. Read the?official?match report here?
Next Wednesday’s planned Rongotai College Old Boys’ Association dinner to celebrate the college’s contribution to Wellington Rugby has been postponed until later in the year. For more information please email email@example.com or phone 04 4934 2958.?
Interclub Trophies being contested on Saturday 18 April in Wellington club rugby include:?
McBain Shield: HOBM v Petone (holders)
Bill Brien Challenge Cup: HOBM (holders) v Petone
Bob Lendrum Cup: Ories v Upper Hutt Rams (holders)
Thompson Memorial First Grade
Patterson Memorial Trophy: Stokes Valley v HOBM (holders)
Women’s Fleurs Trophy
Challenge Cup: Ories (holders) v Wainuiomata
JC Bowl U85kg Restricted
Centurions RFU challenge Cup MSP Reds (holders) v Kapiti Colts
Updated: The First XVs of Wellington’s two St Patrick’s colleges, St Pat’s Town and St Pat’s Silverstream, are hosting pre-season First XV matches this Saturday. St Pat’s Silverstream entertain Auckland’s St Kentigern College (kick-off 11.00 am) and St. Pat’s Town will be playing for the Father Kane Challenge Cup against Christchurch’s St Bede’s College (kick-off 2.00 pm). Wellington College also hosts Feilding High School (kick-off 10.30 am).
Congratulations to Jeremy Thrush (Hutt Old Boys Marist) for being selected in the Hurricanes this Saturday against the Warartahs to play his 100th Super Rugby match.?
The Hurricanes Development side has beaten the Blues Development team 35-30 in Taupo this afternoon. The Typoons scored five tries in the win, with local players Vaea Fifita (Wellington, 2 tries) and Jason Woodward Upper Hutt Rams, 1 try, 2 pens and 2 cons) getting on the scoresheet. The Hurricanes play the Chiefs Development in their next match in Masterton on 30 April.
Select the Photos menu across the top of this page to view photos of the following matches on Saturday:
It's taken 20 seasons for professional rugby to impact directly on to club and community rugby. The Hurricanes v Waratahs Super Rugby match at Westpac Stadium this Saturday at 4.30 pm has deliberately and needlessly encroached upon club rugby. As such, kick-off times for Premier Reserve and Premier Swindale Shield matches, including the famous McBain Shield fixture, have been brought forward to 12.15 pm and 2.00 pm respectively. Draws on this website will be amended accordingly.
To view video highlights an exciting match between Marist St Pat's and Petone from yesterday's fourth round set of Swindale Shield fixtures in Wellington?go here?
Paremata-Plimmerton and Tawa are holding their Old Timers’ Days on Saturday 11 April at Ngatitoa Domain and Lyndhurst Park respectively. All past and present players, supporters or people looking for a good time on Saturday are welcome.
There are two interclub trophies plus the challenge Bill Brien Cup on the line in Swindale Shield matches tomorrow: ?
This week's heavy rain has forced some transfers to club rugby on 11 April. The Premier Swindale Shield remains unchanged but most other grades are affected. See Draws & Results above for more.
To view the weather forecast for Saturday afternoon in Wellington?go here?
Club Rugby contributor Adam Julian has been doing an excellent series of profile articles with former All Blacks. He writes: "I have been writing these profiles and wanted to do one on GC Williams, but given he is struggling with memory loss and given he is a dead set legend I was hoping you could spread word among your contacts for stories about GC Williams. I am after the best and most memorable Williams rugby stories. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look at writing a tribute. Poetic licence is of course allowed."
Saturday April 11th kicks off an exciting season for Stokes Valley's rugby and netball team and the club invites everyone to re-launch SVRFC for 2015.
EVENT: Launch Night
DATE & TIME: 7pm to 11:30pm
WHERE: SVRFC Clubrooms
ENTRY: FREE plus supper provided.
ENTERTAINMENT: Sweet Soundz
For more visit and like the Stokes Valley RFC on Facebook?
The WRFU has today released the Women's and lower grade club rugby draws for the first round.
These can be?viewed here
These competiitons and available draws will be set up in the Draws & Results section of this website in the coming days.?
Visit photos Above to view several new photo galleries of Wellington club rugby on Saturday, these being:
Today in History in Wellington club rugby:?
1963: The first round of matches see the previous year’s joint champions Marist Brothers Old Boys and Onslow held to tight winning margins by two “bottom six” sides from 1962 - Wellington and Poneke. Marist beats Wellington 19-16 after trailing 6-11 at halftime and Onslow defeats Poneke 11-6 after being behind 0-6 at the break. This sets the tone for a tight season, in which Marist claims the Jubilee Cup outright on the last afternoon at Athletic Park.
1990: New club Northern United grabs a famous 21-14 win over Petone. Led by captain and hooker Hika Reid, Norths hold on to lead the defending champions 10-6 at halftime with the wind. After halftime first five-eighth Ken Kakahi slams a dropped goal and Billy Parsons grabs an intercept try under the bar to seal victory.
The Hurricanes won the battle of the weather systems, beating the Stormers 25-20 at Westpac Stadium on Friday night. Read the official match report here?The next home game for Wellington's rugby supporters and players to attend is against the Crusaders on 2 May. The Hurricanes have a well-earned bye next weekend, followed by a match on Saturday 18 April that clashes with club rugby and then a Sunday evening fixture against the Reds on 26 April.?
There are three interclub trophies contested in the third round of the Swindale Shield tomorrow, these being:
The latest artificial turf in Wellington on the Hutt Recreation Ground is coming along nicely, as the Hutt Old Boys Marist club?reports
The OBU Bunnies and Avalon are the first two teams to open the 2015 U85kg Restricted grade in Wellington this year, when they meet at Te Whaea on Wednesday night in a grading fixture. There are seven more grading games on Saturday. Details to come.
Three current and two former Old Boys University players have been selected as part of a 25-strong NZ Universities team that tours Japan later in April. The team plays a Japan East XV in Osaka and two games against against Kanto selections in Tokyo. The team contains many familiar players with ITM Cup, NZ U20 and NZ Schools experience. Current OBU players in the squad are Te Wehi Wright, James Waddel, and Ian Kennedy and former OBU players are,James Oliver (now Manawatu), and Kurt Davies (now Canterbury). For more?go here
Otane's?Kelly Graham runs out this coming Saturday for a Town-Country grade game against neighbours Central in Hawke's Bay club rugby for his 400th consecutive game for the team since 1992. This is believed to be a New Zealand record and to add extra significance to the feat his 18-year-old son Jaharlym, a lock-loosie, will be playing alongside him Read more here
There are four new photo galleries to view in the Photos section above this page, these being:
Match reports of all seven Swindale Shield second round fixtures by the Dominion Post can be?read here
Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara (Northern United) flew through to score the Hurricanes' only try of the first half as the Hurricanes trailed the Rebels 10-12 at halftime on Friday night. But four further tries, including one to Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) and 11 points off the kicking overall to Jason Woodward (Upper Hutt Rams) saw them home 36-12. Official Hurricanes match report?here
Today in History returning soon in its own space on this home page. In the meantime, here are three events that occured today, 28 March, in Wellington club rugby:
1992: Defending Jubilee Cup champions Hutt Old Boys are set on their heels in the first match of the new season; going down 48-7 to MSP, halfback Elton Montcrieff scoring 24 points. Last year’s Cup runners-up Wellington lose to Poneke 15-9. Harlequins (now OBU), a merger of WCOB and University, make their Premier debut and beat Tawa 25-7.
1998: Upper Hutt open the new season with a 23-12 win over defending champions MSP. Upper Hutt score two intercept tries, first to wing Toetu Palemo after a break by No. 8 and captain Mike Robinson and the other to Robinson himself after an intercept and 60 metre run.
2009: The opening day of the 2009 season sizzles, as Petone and Poneke both impress with bonus point wins on a hot Gala Day held at Porirua and Trentham Memorial Parks. Petone lay down their title credentials with an 86-9 win over Avalon at Porirua and Poneke oust Northern United 34-19 at Trentham. Petone score 13 tries, including four to wing Fraser Middleton, while new representative players Daniel Ramsay and Charlie Ngatai star for Poneke.?
Congratulations to Wellington Lions outside back Tau Mamea for playing his 100th Premier match today for Wainuiomata. Mamea scored the game's first try in his side's 44-5 win over Paremata-Plimmerton at Mary Crowther Park.?
Interclub Trophies on the line in Round Two tomorrow include:
The 2015 Hurricanes region pre-season First XV has been confirmed. The Transit Coachlines series will run over three weekends in May, with a round each in Napier, Palmerston and Wellington. The draw is:
Several photo galleries from Saturday's Gala Day Wellington club rugby season opener at Trentham Memorial Park are now loaded. To view please visit Photos across the top of this page and select 2015 Swindale Shield.?
Match reports from each of the seven opening round Swindale Shield matches in the Dominion Post are here?
Video highlights of the opening round Swindale Shield match between Marist St Pat's and Johnsonville by Holden Brothers Media can be viewed here?
The first round Swindale Shield teams are now available to be viewed on the Draws & Results page (link above in navigation menu) above.?
Ambrose Curtis (Oriental-Rongotai) has been included in the All Black Sevens squad for the next two legs of the HSBC Sevens World Sevens in Hong Kong (27-29 March) and Tokyo (4-5 April).?
Tomasi Alosio (Hutt Old Boys Marist) has been selected in the Samaon Sevens team for the next two legs of the HSBC World Sevens series in Hong Kong (27-29 March) and Tokyo (4-5 April).
The Hurricanes Development side defeated the Chiefs 29-18 in Te Kuiti this afternoon. Hooker Leni Apisai, flanker Iopu Iopu-Aso, and backs Vince Aso and Nathan Trudeu all broke through to score tries, while Jason Woodward kicked the rest of the points.
The Hurricanes Development Typhoons side meets the Chiefs Development squad in Te Kuiti tomorrow afternoon. The Hurricanes team is: 1 Morgan Poi, 2 Leni Apisai, 3 Jeffrey To’omaga-Allen, 4 Geoffrey Cridge, 5 Tom Parsons , 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 7 Adam Hill, 8 Iopu Iopu, 9 Frae Wilson. 10 Otere Black. 11 Nathan Tudreu. 12 Willis Halaholo . 13 Ope Peleseuma. 14 Vince Aso. 15 Jason Woodward. 16 James O'Reilly. 17 Mike Kainga. 18 Tim Cadwallader. 19 James Blackwell. 20 Tony Lamborn. 21 Jamie Booth. 22 Wes Goosen. 23 Kris Palmer
Updated: Auckland Marist have won the 2015 NZ Marist pre-season Spillane tournament, beating Hutt Old Boys Marist teams in both the Premier and Colts finals in the tournament played at Napier. Defending champions Auckland Marist retained their Colts title, beating the HOBM Junior Eagles 67-7 to win the Brennan Cup, while Auckland tipped over recent five-time champions HOBM 17-11 in the Premier Spillane Cup final. Marist St Pat's finished third with a 34-26 win over Hastings Rugby and Sports.
Defending champions Hutt Old Boys Marist will meet Auckland Marist in the final of the Spillane Cup in Napier on Sunday. Day one results in the division 1 draw saw HOBM defeat Hastings Rugby and Sports 55-27 and Auckland Marist down Wellington's Marist St Pat's 37-18. In one Brennan Cup Colts result to hand, HOBM defeated Hamilton Marist 25-12.
The following pre-season rugby is being played around Wellington this weekend: Petone v Wainuiomata Premier Reserves at North Park, Friday 7.00 pmOBU Premier and OBU Premier Reserves v Mystery team A and B, Ian Galloway Park, 1.10 pm and 2.45 pm; Saturday; Tawa Premier and Premier Reserve v Wellington Axemen Premier and Premier Reserve, Lyndhurst Park, 1,30 pm and 2.45 pm Saturday; HOBM v Johnsonville v Norths Premier Reserves, Porirua 3 Saturday afternoon; Avalon U85kg v Wainuiomata U85kg, Fraser Park, 1.00 pm Saturday; Ories Colts v Norths Colts, Porirua 4, 11.45 am Saturday; Poneke Colts v RC First XV, Rongotai College at 10.00 am Saturday; Tawa Colts v Wellington FC Colts, Lyndhurst Park at 12.00 pm Saturday; WoA Colts v OBU Green Colts at Mary Crowther at 1.00 pm Saturday; St Bernard's First XV v Tawa College First XV at North Park 2.00 pm Saturday; OBU Women v HOBM Women at Ian Galloway Park 11.30 am Saturday
Club Rugby's Extra Time Videos in association with Holden Brothers Media are on hold for 2015, due to current circumstances. HBM media are still doing Marist St Pat's highlights videos so these will be covered this year. In the meantime, Club Rugby has a You Tube box on this page so if anyone is interested in contributing with club rugby and college rugby video content please email email@example.com?
Tawa Jubilee Cup winner and Wellington Lions prop Tolu Fahamokioa has signed a two-year deal with Hawke's Bay.?Read more here
Regular Club Rugby?photographic contributor Mike Lewis was at the annual McEvedy Shield athletics event on Tuesday. Wellington College won it, ending St Pat's Town's three-year grip, with St Pat's Silverstream and Rongtai College also competing. A number of local rugby players were competing.?Mike's photos are here
At the Wellington Rugby Referees' Association AGM last week Ross Ewart was conferred Life Membership of the Association. Ross started refereeing in 1980 and retired in 2005; and since 1998 he has been heavily involved in coaching referees, most recently those in their first and second seasons. Clubrugby congratulates Ross on this honour.
The Hurricanes Typhoons and the Crusaders Knights Development teams square off at Porirua Park north of Wellington this coming Thurdsay afternoon. The Knights are expected to travel north with several big name players, including Kieran Read and Sam Whiteclock who are returning from injury. Both the Hurricanes and the Crusaders have byes this coming weekend in Super Rugby.
The annual Chiang Mai Tigers Rugby Club in Thailand is expanding to 16 men’s and eight women’s teams. . In past years teams from New Zealand, Australia, Siberia and Moscow have played in the tournament. This year tournament organisers are hoping to attract eight non Thai teams and eight (or more) Thai teams to the tournament on 21 and 22 November 2015. For more information please visit their website: http://www.chiangmaitigers.com/rugby-tens/
Congratulations to Ben O'Keeffe, who controlled last year's Jubilee Cup final between Wainuiomata and Hutt Old Boys Marist, has been promoted to the SANZAR referee squad for the upcoming Super Rugby season.
Former Old Boys University players Jimmy Gopperth and TJ Ioane are making moves overseas. First five-eighth Gopperth, who also played club rugby for Petone and was twice the English Premiership’s top scorer whilst playing for Newcastle, is moving from his current home at Leinster to London Wasps to join Northern United’s Alapati Leiua and Ioane is moving from his Otago base to Sale on a short-term contract. Ioane hopes to cement his place in Sale’s set-up and earn a longer term contract.?
Forty six U17 players and their parents from their eight member Provincial Unions?descended on Wellington on Sunday for their annual educational Development Camp.? The regional representation of players in attendance on the day, was as follows: ?East Coast, 1; Poverty Bay, 9; Wairarapa-Bush, 3; Horowhenua-Kapiti, 1; Manawatu, 4; Wellington 13; Wanganui, 4; and Hawkes Bay, 9. The programme?which focused on mental, physical and skills development,?was professionally prepared and managed by Darren Larsen and Chris Stirling.
A possible Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders in Fiji on 29 May is on the cards next season. The game, a Crusaders home match, has to be moved out of Christchurch owing to a football tournament. Timaru and Nelson are two options as the venue, but media reports have it going to Suva’s 20,000 seat National Stadium. Watch this space
Tauasosi Tuimavave (Poneke) has today been named in Southland’s Sevens squad, to prepare for the South Island Regional qualifiers on 13 December and then the National 7s in the New Year.
Bay of Plenty Rugby has announced Clayton McMillan as the Union's new Head Coach and Director of Rugby. Bay of Plenty Rugby CEO Mike Rogers said: Following a long representative playing career where he captained BoP and played over 100 games as well as playing professionally in Japan, McMillan has built an extensive coaching CV at club and representative level in the Bay of Plenty and Wellington. He coached Marist St Pat's to their most recent Jubilee Cup title in 2012, while his most recent success was leading the Wellington Under 19s to win the title at the National Under 19 tournament.
Wainuiomata halfback Piri Weepu's London Welsh side faces a key cross-town derby against Harlequins this weekend in English Premiership rugby, while Northern United's Alapati Leiua's London Wasps side takes on Sale on Sunday. Leiua typically downplayed his eye-catching performance in Wasps' bonus point over Newscastle last start: "We have a lot of ability out wide so most of what I do is about getting the ball to those guys." More here
The first leg of the International Schools Series is at Porirua Park tomorrow, featuring the best school First XV players in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, including several local players. Games are: New Zealand Barbarians Schools v Australia Schools (Kick-off 1.10 pm) and New Zealand Schools v Fiji Schools (Kick-off 2.50 pm).
Bishop Viard College defended their Derek Wootton Memorial Trust Sevens title yesterday. The tournament, involving college teams from Western Bays schools, is in memory of Derek Wootton who was a Porirua Police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2008. There was also a pre-season college Sevens tournament at Wakefield Park yesterday, in the lead-up to the Condor Sevens qualifying leg on Labour Day Monday.
Kat Simpkins (Avalon) has been selected in the New Zealand Women's Sevens team to play in next weekend's Oceania tournament in Noosa, Australia. New Zealand plays three Pool games on Friday, against the Cook Islands, Fiji and Australia, and three more on Sunday, against Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Tonga, ahead of the final at the end of Saturday.
The Upper Rams are seeking expressions of interests for coaching positions. The club is looking for coaching and managers for their Premier Reserve, Senior 2s and Colts sides for 2015. Applications close 3 October. For more email Claudette.firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Club Secretary at PO Box 40889, Upper Hutt 5140.
Former Tonga and Wellington Lions halfback Tomasi Palu (Old Boys University) made a winning debut this weekend for the Doncaster Knights against Jersey in the English Championship [second tier] Division. Doncaster came back from an 8-17 deficit to win 23-17 and record the team's second victory to start the season after beating Plymouth Albion in their opener without Palu.
Former Wellington College, Northern United and Wellington Lions excitement machine Buxton Popoalii was forced to retire from all rugby earlier this season owing to his ongoing heart condition, aged 24. Now he's turning his hand at coaching, and will be co-coach of his Dunedin club Green Island in 2015. He'll be hoping to turn their fortunes around, Green Island having finished last this year.
Former Northern United and now Wellington Axemen loose forward Dean Brunsdon will start for the Wellington Lions at blindside flanker when they take on the Canterbury Lambs in Christchurch on Friday night. The Lions also welcome a new halfback-first five-eighth combination with Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM) and Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths), while Matt Proctor (Ories) returns from injury to centre as does Ross Filipo (Petone) at lock. View the team here
As part of their preview to today's crunch Wellington Lions v Auckland ITM Cup match, the Dominion Posts talks to Tawa loosehead prop Tolu Fahamokioa here
Former New Zealand Sevens player Belgium Tuatagaloa (Petone) is a fresh addition to the Ricoh Wellington Lions line-up named to take on Auckland this weekend. A member of the Lions’ wider squad, Tuatagoloa returned to Wellington this season, following a stint in Canterbury last year and starts on the left wing. View the team to play Auckland here
Tickets go on sale to the public on 16 for September for the Wellington Sevens tournament, starting on Waitangi Day. The 2015 tournament will offer Premier and Family Zone prices at a decreased rate, including a significant drop in kids’ tickets to just $40. Ticket prices have decreased overall and there are no one-day tickets anymore.
Pau Halafihi (Ories) starts at blindside flanker for the Wellington Lions in their ITM Cup second round match against Northland on Saturday, kick-off 2.35 pm. The team for Northland also includes the return of Motu Matu’u (Ories), Pati Gaualofa (Tawa) and Reggie Goodes (Poneke), the debut off the bench of Chase Tiataia (HOBM) and James So’oialo (Tawa) at first five-eighth. Read more
There three sets of lower grade club rugby semi-finals on Saturday, these being:
Vic Calcanai Memorial Cup (Colts Division 2): Poneke 41 - Upper Hutt Rams 33 and Wainuiomata 24 - Kapiti Colts 22
Eric Connolly Memorial Cup (Colts Division 3): Upper Hutt Rams 33 - Tawa 22 and Johnsonville 43- Rahui 3
Johnsonville Centennium Cup (Reserve Grade Division 1): Poneke Ruffnuts 27 - OBU Therapists 20 and Upper Hutt Rams J8s 18 - Petone Brotherhood 6
Also U85 kg semi-finals coming up this Saturday. The MSP Blues have qualified top for the Division 1 Paul Potiki Shield and the HOBM Eaglets have qualified first for the Division 2 Moody Cup. More details to come.
In heavy conditions at Memorial Park in Masterton on Saturday, the new Wellington U19s had their first warm-up match for October's National U19 Tournament against Wairarapa-Bush Development, winning 51-0. Scoring nine tries to nil, Wellington played a strong first 40 minutes, but fell off the pace in the second spell, having taken a 34-0 lead at the turn.
The scoring in the game began two minutes from the start, with a total of six tries scored at regular intervals before Wellington turned to play into the wind. The home team were noted for their determined defence overall and a territorial advantage in the second half. However, the combination of pace and structure from the visitors determined the final outcome.
Wellington will be disappointed at a large number of tackle penalties conceded in the second-half, which disrupted the overall flow of an otherwise entertaining game.
HOBM Jubilee Cup winner Parataiso Silafai-Leaanai has departed for Melbourne, Australia. He is exploring opportunities abroad.From Silverstream where he played alongside Tomasi Alosio & Ope Peleseuma he debut for the Eagles in May 2010, in all he has played 65 games for the Eagles. We wish him all the best.
St Catherine’s College are the Wellington Premier girls champions, edging Porirua College 24-22 in a thrilling final last night at Te Whaea. In the Division 2 match before it the margin was even narrower with Bishop Viard winning 27-26 over Kapiti College.
A snapshot at Wellington club rugby finals coming up on Saturday 16 August (times and venues to be confirmed later in the week): Senior 1 final at the Petone Rec at 2. 30 pm between Petone and PonekeSenior 2 final at the Hutt Rec at 2.30 pm between HOBM and OBUWomen's final at Porirua Park at 11.30 am between Norths and OriesReserve Grade Division 2 final OBU Pink Ginners v Johnsonville Cripples at Te Whaea at 3.00 pm
Plus: Wellington Suburbs v Wellington Samoan at Porirua Park # 1 at 2.30 pm and Wellington City v Wellington Maori at Porirua Park # 2 at 1.00 pm and NZ Marist Colts v HOBM/MSP Colts at the Petone Rec # 2 at 1.15 pm.
Jackie Patea (Wainuiomata) will start at lock in NZ's second Women's World Cup match on Wednesday morning NZT (kick-off 4.00 am). After a convincing 79-5 win over Kazakhstan to open the 2014 tournament, the Black Ferns, chasing their fifth straight World Cup, are playing 2013 Women's Six Nations champions Ireland in their second match.
It's Finals Day at the Hutt Rec today. Gates open at 10.00 am. Entry by a gold coin donation. Proceeds to Wellington junior rugby. Matches are:
The Wellington Pride team was named last week, ahead of the upcoming Women's NPC. The team is (two to be added): Muteremoana Aiatu (Norths), Tina Kelemete (Norths), Annie Mativa (Ories), Alice Soper (WoA), Fuamai Taumoli (Ories), Rebecca Burns (Tawa), Lauren Harris (OBU), Jackie Patea (WoA), Sanita Levave (Norths), Joanah Ngan-Woo, (Ories), Carol Sio, (Avalon), Kirstin Stewart (Ories), Aimee Sutorius (Norths), Samantha McIntosh (Norths), Gina Williamson (OBU), Acacia Claridge (WoA), Jamie McIntosh, (Norths) Elizabeth Goulden, (Ories), Kauna Lopa (Ories), Georgia Daals, (OBU), Vaine Marsters(Norths), Fa'asua Makisi (Ories), Amanda Rasch, (Ories), Lilian Mapu (OBU), Mary-Ann Collins (WoA), Katarina Simpkins, (Avalon), Courtney Clarke (OBU), Timena Tuma'ai (Ories)
Andrew Wells lines up today at fullback at Evans Bay Park to play his 50th game for MSP. Wells joined MSP at the end of 2011 from Wellington College. At the same time, first five-eighth Fa'atonu Fili plays his 150th match for MSP (see story).?
www.superrugby.co.nz has the breakdown of what needs to happen this weekend for all the teams to make the Super Rugby playoffs, including the Hurricanes:
Best: 6th Worst: 8th. The Hurricanes' slim hopes are dependent on two key outcomes.They must hope the Blues beat the Chiefs (without the Chiefs taking two bonus points) by less than 38 points and also hope that neither the Brumbies or Force take a bonus point. However a win for the Chiefs will knock out the Hurricanes, with the Brumbies and Force (directly below the Wellington based team). With this Aussie duo set to square off on Friday night, one (and possibly both) can edge ahead of the Wellingtonians.
OBU prop Con Williams should play his 100th Premier game for the Goats on Saturday against Tawa at Lyndhurst Park. Con will also be the 7th OBU player to reach the mark, after Chris Te’o, Mike Te Moana, Darryl Gore, Claire Rowat (Women’s) Seminar Manu and Ian Kennedy. Previously, he played 96 matches for Varsity in Manawatu Premier rugby.
Julian Savea (Ories) scored a hat-trick of tries and Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) had a dynamic match for the All Blacks in their 36-13 win over England last night.
The second round of U85kg Division 1 and 2 matches got underway last night under lights at Te Whaea. First round Division 1 champions MSP Blues defeated neighbours the Poneke Cavs 10-0 and MSP Green and the Wests Roosters met (result TBC). Follow the Division 1 Paul Potiki Shield through the Draws & Results section above. Update: Changes are afoot in this grade, so this may not be happening anymore, details TBC.
Wellington club rugby players, including Fa’atonu Fili (MSP), Paulo Aukuso (Ories), Tu Umaga-Marshall (Tawa), and also Piri Weepu (Wainuiomata) who is captaining the Blues team, are playing in the World Club 10s tournament in Singapore this weekend. We hope to bring news of their exploits.
A Wellington club rugby selection was beaten 12-21 by their Hawke's Bay counterparts in a 40 minute match in Palmerston North last night. Wellington scored tries to wing Afa Fa'atau (Ories) and Ope Peleseuema (HOBM), but were ?undone by a couple of dropped balls and two runaway tries. The Hurricanes beat Hawke's Bay 38-0 and then Manawatu 14-7 in two practice games.
Tawa College and Porirua College will meet in the upcoming Co-ed Cup First XV final after contrasting semi-final wins. Tawa College beat last year’s champions Naenae College 47-10 and Porirua and Aotea drew 22-22. Porirua go through by scoring 4 tries to 3.
Another bumper week of rugby sees two high quality First XV matches on Tuesday. In town, Wellington College hosts Christchurch Boys' HS (kick-off 12.30 pm), and at St Pat's Silverstream the host school plays St Bede's, Christchurch (1.30 pm). On Wednesday there are the Wellington region Co-ed Cup semi-finals at Porirua Park. Porirua College plays Aotea College at 5.00 pm and Tawa College plays Naenae College at 6.30 pm.
In representative rugby on Wednesday evening, a Wellington XV plays a tri-province pre-season fixture (non first-class) against Hawke's Bay and Manawatu. This match is being played in Palmerston North.
To view the second round Victoria Tavern Trophy draw, rounds 1-7, visit Draws & Results across the top of this page and select the competition menu toolbar.
The third and final set of interprovincial women's club matches between Wellington and Manawatu teams is tomorrow. Games scheduled are: Stokes Valley v Stratford in Levin; Avalon v Eketahuna in Otaki; Wainuiomata v FOBO at Otaki; Poneke v Foxton in Foxton; Norths v Kia Toa in Levin; Tawa v OBU at Lyndhurst Park at 11.30 am.
Tawa’s Shaun Treeby has resigned with the Wellington Lions until the end of 2015.