A decade of results online (Jubilee Cup and Swindale Shield). Visit Draws & Results across the top of this page to view the 2005 season. Results, points tables, points and try scorers. Please note that in order to do this, we had to temporarily ‘archive’ the 2014 season but this will return shortly! Teamlists for these 2005 games are incomplete and names are listed as ‘TBC/TBA’ if unconfirmed. Did you play or referee in these games but your name is missing? Email email@example.com and you can be added to the records.?
Orienatal Rongotai midfielder Ma'a Nonu will ply his trade in Toulon in France post the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it has been officially announced. Nonu has signed on for two seasons, and follows in the footsteps of former Wellington and Hurricanes teammate Tana Umaga who played for them in 2005.?
The Dominion Post has reported that Earl Va’a is the new Wellington Lions Head Coach. Va’a coached Scots College to their Maiden Wellington Premier 1 title this year before leading them to the final of the National Top Four where they were joint champions with Hamilton Boys’ HS. The former Samoan pivot, Petone Jubilee Cup winner and Wainuiomata player-coach also helped coached the Wellington Lions this year in the ITM Cup. Va'a said in a statement to the Dominion Post that it was an honour to receive the role and he looked forward to continuing his work for the Lions in a head coach capacity."Our biggest challenge is obviously to win the championship and go back up to the premiership. That goal is not only to satisfy us as players and coaches, but to honour the pride the whole Wellington community has in that emblem we pull on week in, week out. It will be a big challenge, but I'm looking forward to it and I know the staff and players will do all they can to get Wellington rugby back in the top tier." Wellington Rugby Union chief executive James Te Puni said the appointment had been a tough decision."He has come through the Wellington system and has been involved with the academy and Lions for a number of years. He's had a great season with Scots College this year, and we're really looking forward to working with him and his team as they set the target of winning the ITM Cup Championship." The remainder of the Lions coaching staff will be announced early in 2015.
UPDATE: The Dominion Post reported that Earl Va’a is the new Wellington Lions Head Coach. Va’a coached Scots College to their Maiden Wellington Premier 1 title this year before leading them to the final of the National Top Four where they were joint champions with Hamilton Boys’ HS. The former Samoan pivot, Petone Jubilee Cup winner and Wainuiomata player-coach also helped coached the Wellington Lions this year in the ITM Cup. The remainder of the Lions coaching staff will be announced early in 2015. The story carried quotes from Va'a and Wellington Rugby administrators Ken Laban and James Te Puni - nevertheless Club Rugby awaits official correspondence about this and other decisions that have recently been made from the WRFU itself.?
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.
The All Black Sevens team missed out to home side South Africa 17-26 in the final of the World Rugby Sevens tournament. In winning the tournament, South Africa (59 points) overtook Fiji (51) at the top of the table. New Zealand are now third (47), followed by Australia (46). Meanwhile, the draws for the next leg of the series in Wellington on 6 and 7 February has been made. New Zealand is Pool B with England, Canada and Papua New Guinea, whilst Australia and Fiji are grouped together in Pool C.?
Visit Photos across the top of this page and then the '2014 Sevens Rugby' menu to view photos of the Central Region qualifying tournament that took place in Palmerston North on Saturday.?
Jarrod Adams - Wing/Centre (Petone); Patrick Fenika - Loose Forward (Northern United); Michael Findlay - Loose Forward (Marist St Pats); Kemara Hauiti Parapara - Halfback (Northern United); Lester Maulolo - Centre (Petone); Lui Okeamoa-Luamanu - Lock (Hutt Old Boys Marist); Pepe Patafilo - Centre (Tawa); Piri Paraone - First five-eighth (Petone); Anthony Pettett - Lock (Johnsonville); Joe Walding-Karaitiana - Hooker (Marist St Pats); Faraimo Nofoiaga - Wing (Tawa); Troy Mohr - Centre (Upper Hutt Rams); Morgan Poi - Prop (Old Boys University); Tj Va'a - First Five Eighth (Wainuiomata); Malo Tuitama - Centre/Wing (Oriental Rongotai).
Sevens organisers have introduced the following for the Sevens in 2015, to deliver a more fan-friendly event:
- A new ‘Food Alley’, offering an increased range of enticing food options
- A ‘refresh’ zone within the Stadium, providing fans with a change of scene away from the core festivities.
- Security teams and volunteers will be roving through the Stadium providing free water and assistance.
- A checkpoint to assess the patron intoxication, no pass-outs after 4.30 pm.
- Additional duty managers and security staff located at each food & beverage unit selling alcohol.
- A full range on non-alcoholic drinks will be available from all bar areas and water stations are located around the Stadium.?
Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketek.co.nz/sevens
Three galleries of Saturday's fourth annual Piri Weepu 7s tournament are now up. To view these please click on 'Photos' above and then select '2014 Sevens Rugby'.?
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.
Thomas Waldrom (Avalon) has been brought into England's squad to play Australia this coming weekend. Waldom has been on fire so far this English season, helping his side the Exeter Chiefs to six wins from their first eight matches.?
Worn out by a long season cheering on the Hurricanes and the Lions, Captain Hurricane and Leo the Lion both finished in the chasing pack in Sunday's inaugural Twenty20 competition Georgie Pie Super Smash Dash for Cash Mascot Race. The Saints basketball mascot, the Gorilla, won the event and earned $500 to donate to chosen charity Ronald McDonald House.
UPDATED: The Wellington Men's team won the Auckland 7s tournament this weekend.?On day two, Wellington beat the Northcote club 33-12 in their quarterfinal, Counties Manukau 7-5 in their semi-final and Waikato 24-7 in the final. Greg Foe was the tournament MVP and Hayden Schrijvers was the Tournament’s top try-scorer. The Wellington women finished fourth, missing out to Counties-Manukau 10-15 in their playoff for third and fourth. Auckland won the women’s section.?
The Wellington Men’s 7s team had a mixed bag on the opening day of the Auckland 7s today. In their three pool games they beat Kelston Boys’ High School 45-0, beat North Harbour 21-19 and lost to Waikato 14-19. The Men’s crossover matches and women’s competition takes place tomorrow.
Wellington’s Poneke has won the Poverty Bay Weka Invitation 7s at Gisborne, beating the Poverty Bay ITM Cup 7s Olympians side 24-12 in the final. Earlier in the day, Poneke had beaten Hawke’s Bay club champions Havelock North 27-7, lost to the Olympians 12-17, beat Brothers 29-10, and beat Tamatea 21-5.
St Pat's Silverstream has won the inaugural Wellington Secondary Schools U15s 7s tournament, with a convincing win in the final over Wainuiomata High School. Silverstream won all four of their pool matches to top their pool, while Wainuiomata won the other pool with three wins, a loss and a draw - scoring a last-gasp try to draw with Wellington College and make the final.?
Taniela Koroi (Tawa) and Manu Leiataua (Ories) are both featuring in international rugby at present. Koroi was set to make his international Test debut off the bench for Fiji against the USA on Friday (NZT), while former Ories Premier hooker Leiataua, who currently plays for French club Aurilliac, was called into Samoa’s team against Cananda last weekend and earned his third Test cap.
The future is on show tomorrow at Naenae College with the Wellington Secondary Schools Boys’ U15 7s tournament. The tournament runs from 9.00 am to 1.40 pm, with 10 schools involved in two pools. Pool A teams are: St Pat’s Silverstream, Bishop Viard College, Aotea College, Taita College and Naenae College. Pool B teams are: Wellington College, St Pat’s Town, Rongotai College, Tawa College and Wainuiomata HS.
No fewer than seven of the 23 players in Samoa’s match-day squad involved in Sunday’s (kick-off 8.00 am NZT) Test match at Twickenham against England have plied their trade in Wellington club rugby recently. These players are: ?Alapati Leuia (Norths), Rey Lee-Lo (MSP), Jack Lam (Ories), Kane Thompson (Wests Roosters), Manu Leiataua (Ories), Anthony Perenise (Norths) and TJ Ioane (Old Boys University).?
Rugby’s overlord, the International Rugby Board (IRB) is now “World Rugby”. At the conclusion of the 2014 World Rugby Conference in London last night, the IRB revealed it would be now known as ‘World Rugby’, in an effort to engage audiences worldwide. Rugby is booming internationally with participation increasing from two million to 6.6 million in the last four years.
Lock Jeremy Thrush (Hutt Old Boys Marist) sealed a Man of the Match performance against Scotland by powering over to score the match winning try a few minutes from the end in the All Blacks’ 24-16 win. Leading by a point, Thrush’s try meant the All Blacks have still never lost to Scotland, since 1905. Earlier, Victor Vito (Marist St Pat’s) scored New Zealand’s other try of the match.
Former Petone, Wellington and Hurricanes stalwart Tana Umaga has been named as Assistant Coach of the NZ U20s in 2015. Canterbury's Scott Robertson and Tasman's Leon MacDonald are also part of the coaching team.?
In March this year, Hurricanes and Lions flanker Adam Hill's brother Jeff was waiting to get a taxi home after catching up with some friends in Ashburton when he was brutally assaulted and left lying on the pavement with severe head injuries. The unprovoked assault left Jeff in Christchurch Hospital with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. At the time his wife Katie was seven months pregnant with the couple's second child. On Saturday 22 November, Adam Hill, Adam's partner Rosie and a group of mates including current Old Boys University Premier Manager Dan Keith are running the Queenstown Marathon to raise funds for Jeff Hill. Donate:?
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.
Is Ma’a Nonu headed to the south of France post Rugby World Cup? Toby Robson suggests as much, after reports in French newspaper Midi Olympique say a deal was finalised in the last few days: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/10728433/All-Black-Ma-a-Nonu-signs-for-Toulon-report?
The inaugural Hurricanes Secondary Schools Sevens Tournament takes place at Massey University Recreation Centre in Palmerston North, this coming Saturday. The Tournament features sixteen teams from Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wanganui and Hawkes Bay. More details to come.
Tickets for the 2015 pre-season Hurricanes community rugby opener at Eketahuna against the Crusaders go on sale on Tuesday. Eketahuna Rugby Club president Dennis ‘Doc’ Dougherty said the match would see the small township of about 450 people swell with pride. “We’ve already had such a positive response from the wider community in getting in behind the game and I’ve no doubt it will be a huge success.The day will include pre and post-game entertainment, an array of guest speakers, while passionate fans are expected to turn out in their regional colours. Tickets will be available through PGG Wrightson Stores and at Tui HQ, SH2, Mangatainoka. Prices are $40 for GA and $130pp for corporate tickets.
Galleries of Saturday's American Ambassador's Sevens WRFU club tournament can be viewed by clicking on Photos above.
Scots College captain TJ Va’a won the Wellington secondary schools Rugby Player of the Year award and the Supreme award at tonight’s College Sport Wellington 2014 awards. Va’a followed in the footsteps of past rugby winners Jerry Collins and Scots College old boy Victor Vito as a Supreme award winner. Scots College won Team of the Year and Earl Va’a won the Coach of the Year. St Pat’s Silversteam players Joe Apikotoa won the All-Rounder award, Joel Hintz was Powerlifter of the Year and Connah Pamatatau ?the Touch accolade. Timena Tuma’ai (St Mary’s) won the girls Player of the Year award.
Preparations for the 2015 Junior World Championships have begun with the selection of 51 players to attend the New Zealand Under 20s camp at the end of November in Palmerston North. Wellington players invited to attend are: Morgan Poi (OBU), Liam Hallam-Eames (Ories), James Blackwell (Petone), Sam Wasley (Upper Hutt Rams), Henry Stowers (Wainuiomata), Teariki Ben-Nicholas (OBU), Luke Campbell (OBU), Wes Goosen (OBU), Faraimo Nofoaigo (Tawa
Upper Hutt Rams pair Hayden Schrijvers and Murphy Taramai will join Oriental-Rongotai's Ambrose Curtis in the New Zealand Sevens training camp early next week. ?Upper Hutt Rams Head Coach Nathan Williams said the clubs is delighted for ?Schrijvers' and Taramai's selection, even though they will be running water and not playing in their defence of their Wellington club rugby Sevens title this Saturday. Christian Lloyd, Jason Woodward and Cory Jane have also been selected in the Hurricanes squad for next year.?
Thomas Waldrom (Avalon) has ?been called into the England squad ahead of next week's clash with the All Blacks. Waldrom, who is currently playing for the Exeter Chiefs, is one of nine additions to England's injury affected set-up. Waldrom previously appeared for England in Tests in 2012 and 2013.
Visit Photos across the top of this page for galleries of yesterday's Condor 7s tournament at Naenae College. The boys tournament was won by St Pat's Silverstream and Wellington East took out the girls tournament.
The Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles, home of the Jubilee Cup, have announced Matt Lee and Josh Syms as Premier Coaches for 2015. Adam Campbell is stepping aside to concentrate on family and work commitments. Dan ‘Hammer’ Pavihi is the clubs’ new WRFU Rugby Development Officer.
The Wellington qualifying leg of the National Condor 7s secondary school finals is this Labour Day Monday. Two boys and one girls team can qualify for the nationals to be held in Auckland at the end of November. Games run all day at Naenae College from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
TODAY at Evans Bay Park, Wellington, the Wellington Samoa Rugby Union is hosting its third annual Village Kings tournament. This year's Village Kings tournament is 10s rugby, with Pool play starting at 9.00 am and the final scheduled for 4.30 pm. ?
The second annual Northern United 10s tournament has been set down for 14 February 2015, to be held at the Bernie Wood Memorial Turf, Ascot Park Porirua. The club is now accepting entries from the following grades: Men’s (12 teams), Women’s (four teams) and Colts (four teams). ?Cost per team $100 to confirm entry into the tournament. Email Ron Wood at President@northsrugby.co.nz?
Wellington’s Garratt Williamson (referee) and Mike Fraser (AR1) have been selected as two of the three match officials for Friday night’s ITM Championship final in Palmerston North between Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay. Glen Jackson will referee the Premiership final on Saturday between Taranaki and Tasman.?
Jimmy Gopperth (Petone and Old Boys University) has helped guide his Leinster team to a comeback 25-20 win over Wasps in their European Champions Cup clash overnight. Trailing 8-20, Gopperth was part of the fightback, placing a well-weighted stab kick through for a key try. For Wasps, Alapati Leiua (Northern United) was at second five-eighth and his contribution for the losing side was to score a 100 metre runaway try.?
Five new photo galleries have been added from the weekend's rugby action around Wellington, one Women's NPC gallery and four from Saturday's WRFU Open 7s tournament at Naenae College. Visit Photos above to view these and the other 204 galleries posted this year.?
The NZ Women's Rugby Invitational XVs Tournament - a one day competition specifically created for provincial union women’s representative rugby teams who currently do not compete in the Women’s Provincial Competition – is tomorrow in Hamilton. A Wellington Barbarians side will join several other teams in nine fast-paced 40 minute games. More information to follow next week
The Wellington Pride are looking to end their 2014 Women's NPC season like their men's counterparts last weekend - with a win. The Pride host the Hawke's Bay Tuis at Porirua Park tomorrow at 12.30 pm in their last round match. Victory would see the Pride leapfrog Hawke's Bay into a seventh placed finish.?
The Wellington Lions’ season is over, but for local referees Mike Fraser, Ben O’Keeffe and Richard Gordon are still involved in the ITM Cup. Fraser will referee Saturday’s major Premiership semi-final between Taranaki and Auckland, while O’Keeffe will officiate Saturday’s Championship playoff between Manawatu and Southland with Gordon running touch.?
Daniel Farani and Riki Flutey will coach the Petone Premiers in 2015. Both are vastly experienced players, with Farani a former Samoan international, Sharks Super Rugby and European club loose forward and Flutey a former British and Irish Lion international, Hurricane and current Wellington Lion. One more Premier coach will be confirmed. Dion Ross and Tui Bradbrook will coach the Petone Senior 1sts.?
The Ricoh Wellington Lions team
has been named to play North Harbour. This is their last match of the season. Kick-off 2.35 pm Saturday at Westpac Stadium.?
Halfback Jack Taulapapa (Johnsonville) has been named in Samoa's squad for their upcoming Northern Europe. Other Wellington players in squad are Anthony Perenise (Northern United), Kane Thompson (Wests Roosters), TJ Ioane (Old Boys University), Jack Lam (Ories), Alapati Leiua (Northern United) and Rey Lee Lo (MSP)
Visit Photos across the top of this page to view visual records of the two schools international matches played at Porirua Park this past weekend and the U19 final on Sunday between Wellington and Canterbury.
Charting Sir John Kirwan's personal experiences as a father, and featuring the real voices of young people today, his new book Stand By Me
investigates issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety.?Join JK for an hour of conversation about his life and his own experiences with anxiety and depression. John will be signing copies of his book at the Wellington Girls' College Auditorium on Tuesday 7 October from 6.15 pm - 7.15 pm (doors open 5.45 pm). Tickets: $19 ?(concessions $15) available from?eventfinder.co.nz
?or on the door
above to view new photo galleries of representative U16 and U19 rugby and the Schools International series. More galleries being added this weekend - check our www.facebook.com/nzclubrugby
page initially and then back here for a permanent record.?
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
Hawke's Bay's beat Wellington A 23-17 today to win the A section of the Hurricanes U16A tournament in Napier, winning the Don Broughton Shield. Poverty Bay won the Saracens Cup for winning the ‘B' Division, after beating Wellington Development 24-19 today. The Player of the Tournament was Braydon Lose from Manawatu, playing out of Palmerston North Boys' High School. The winner of the "Manaaki Tangata Trophy" - the Team Culture Award - was Horowhenua-Kapiti RFU. Wellington players that made the Tournament Team were: Xavier Numia, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Willie Sauea, Nu'u Haueia, Kevin Fauatea, and Esi Komosavai
Marvin Karawana (Wainuiomata)
comes into centre for tomorrow night's Ranfurly Shield challenge match against Hawke's Bay, the team he played for last season. The team can be read soon on the http://www.wellingtonlions.co.nz
The Wellington U16As bounced back from their one-point defeat to Manawatu yesterday with a 20-9 win over Taranaki in the Hurricanes Region U16 tournament in Napier today. The Wellington U16 Development side lost 5-10 to Poverty Bay in a non-competition game. The tournament continues on Thursday.
Thomas Waldrom (Avalon)
has been in hot form throughout the early stages of the new English Premiership season, instrumental in helping his new side Exeter to another win
. Meanwhile, Leinster first five-eighth Jimmy Gopperth (Petone, OBU)
helped guide his team to a 37-23 win over Mark Hammett's Cardiff in the Pro12 chamionship and David Smith (Tawa)
and Chris Masoe (Johnsonville)
guided Toulon to a 40-17 win over Montpellier in France. ?
The Hurricanes region U16 tournament started in Napier today, with both Wellington teams in action. The Wellington U16 Development have beaten Wairarapa-Bush 15-7 and the Wellington U16s have lost to Manawatu 22-23. Despite losing, the A side secured two bonus points so are still right in the mix.?
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.
Victor Vito (Marist St Pat's) returns from a neck injury to play for the Wellington Lions at No. 8 in their next match this coming Saturday against Counties Manukau in Pukekohe, kick-off 5.35 pm. View the team here
Thanks to Chainsaw and Hugh Pretorius for braving Saturday's wet weather and heading to Porirua Park to cover the Wellington Samoans v Hawke's Bay Saracens and Wellington U19s v Hawke's Bay U19s matches. Those galleries, plus one of the Women's NPC fixture between the Wellington Pride and BoP Volanix, can be viewed by selecting Photos across the top of this page and then 2014 Rep Rugby. Mike Lewis was at yesterday's interesting game between the Wellington Lions and Tasman Makos so we hope to have his gallery up later too.?
The Wellington Lions missed out to the Tasman Makos 20-42 in their sixth round ITM Cup match at Westpac Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Lions scored two tries, both to front-rowers -Tolu Fahamokioa (Tawa) and Eric Sione (Northern United). The match was also Wellington Rugby's Club Day, with players wearing their club socks to mark the occasion.?
The Wellington U16A side defeated the Western Bays U18 team 50-17 last night at Te Whaea in a? warm-up fixutre for the upcoming Hurricanes region U18 tournament in Napier.
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.
The Wellington Lions have named their team to face Tasman this Sunday at Westpac Stadium, kick-off 4.35 pm here?
The NZRU instigated a mandatory playing time rule for those playing rugby outside 1st XV's this year. College Sport Wellington are interested to know your thoughts on how successful it was - please fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/68QY6F5
Former Marist St Pat's Jubilee Cup winning No. 8 Alex Tulou and former Tawa and Hurricanes fullback/wing David Smith have been named in a 74-man French squad to prepare for next year's Rugby World Cup. More here
UPDATED Tuesday: Several new photo galleries have been added to the Photos section of this website above, in the "2014 Rep Rugby" folder. Photos from games at Porirua Park and the Petone Recreation Ground. Photographers will have shutter fever over the next few days, with several more matches to look forward to this coming weekend.?
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.
Other unions have done it, notably the Chiefs and the Mooloo; is the Hurricanes and the WRFU on a course to become two different entities? At present the money supply goes into one pot and the the clubs want more transparency. How sound is the Wellington Sevens tournament? The Dominion Post
ponders all this in their article this morning
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.
Jeremy Thrush (HOBM) will start his first Test at lock on his home ground at Westpac Stadium this Saturday night against South Africa. Thrush starts in the pack alongside Dane Coles (Poneke), while Ma'a Nonu (Ories), Julian Savea (Ories) and Conrad Smith (OBU) are all in the starting side and TJ Perenara (Norths) and Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) come off the bench.
Dion Waller and Steve Rodgers have been appointed Premier coaches for Tawa for 2015. Rodgers is a former club member who is returning from overseas and has previously coach Tawa's Premiers as well as Hawke's Bay B and Wellington B and Waller co-coached the team to Swindale Shield - Jubilee Cup success in 2013.
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
Update: Six Wellington First XV players have been named in the NZ Schools and NZ Barbarian Schools squads for their camp in Rotorua on 20 September, with the team named on 23 September ahead of the internationals at Porirua Park the following week. Wellington players in these squads are: Anthony Pettett (Newlands College); Alex Fidow (Scots College); Malo Tuitama (Scots College); TJ Va'a (Scots College); Jarrod Adams (St Pat's Silverstream); Losi Filipo (St Pat's Silverstream); Lui Okeamoa-Luamanu (St Pat's Silverstream). The Umaga-Jensen twins, Peter and Thomas, were also named this morning but have since withdrawn from these squads.
Saturday's Test at Westpac Stadium between the All Blacks and the Springboks for the Freedom Cup is a sell-out, with all 36,031 tickets sold. This is the sixth and final domestic Test of 2014. The capacity crowd follows last year's Bledisloe Cup sell-out match in Wellington, and without a Test match next year, this is Wellington's last chance to back the men in black ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Visit Photos across the top of this page for galleries of games this past weekend, including the Wellington U16 Development side against Wairarapa Bush and the Wellington Maori against Canterbury Maori (two galleries).
Former All Blacks wing and North Harbour coach Jeff Wilson muses over the current state of the National Provincial Championship competition and what needs to be done to reinvigorate the ITM Cup 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
Ma'a Nonu (Ories) slots back into the All Blacks midfield along with Conrad Smith (OBU) for the All blacks against Argentina on Saturday in Napier. Julian Savea (Ories) and Dane Coles (Poneke) are also in the run-on side to meet the Pumas in the Latham St showdown. Jeremy Thrush (HOBM) and TJ Perenara (Norths) will join the action off the bench.
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
Former Wellington College star First XV player Nelson Asofa-Solomona has been selected in the NRL's National Youth Competition's Team of the Year. Asofa-Solomona, who has been with the Melbourne Storm all year, has made this team as a second-rower after playing lock and loose forward for Wellington College.
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.
Marist St Pat's have announced that Premier coaches Brendan Reidy and Ross Bond have been reappointed to their roles for the 2015 season. The pair guided the MSP Premiers to the Swindale Shield win and to a Jubilee Cup semi-final in 2014.
On 25 and 26 October the Wellington representative Men's and Northern United club Women's teams compete in the Central Coast 7s tournament in Australia. A number of strong Australian and international club and representative teams will be competing. The Wellington's Men's side has been drawn in Pool A with Redrock (Fiji),Te Whanau (Australia) and Stars Rugby (USA). The Norths Women's team is in Pool D with Brazil, Melbourne City and Tribe 7s (Australia).
View video highlights of yesterday's U85 kg Division 1 final between the MSP Blues (6) and the Tawa Titans (3) by Holden Bros. Media here
Openside flanker Issac O'Connor (Marist St. Pat's) will spend the rest of the season playing for Wairarapa-Bush in the Heartland Championship after their returning Wellington flanker Andrew McWhirter (OBU) recently suffered a recurrence of a shoulder injury that kept him out of club rugby this season. O'Connor's new side hosts Mid Canterbury in Masterton today.
The Dominion Post
talks to first five-eighth Chase Tiatia ahead of the match at Westpac Stadium tomorrow night between the Ricoh Wellington Lions and the Manawatu Turbos.
Hutt Old Boys Marist, home of the Jubilee Cup, is looking for expressions of interests for Coaching Positions for 2015 What to be Part of a Successful Club consistently performing in all grades for the last two years? Are you someone who could add value to our set up?Then they want to hear from you. Please forward your interests to: Jim McMenamin / HOBM Club Secretary / Email: email@example.com / Mobile: 029 288 8477. Applications close 15 September.
Hurricane Mark Reddish (Ories)
is the latest player to return from the Ricoh Wellington Lions' injury ward, and has been named to start at blindside flanker in this Friday night's ITM Cup match against the Manawatu Turbos. The Lions team for this match also features All Blacks, lock Jeremy Thrush (HOBM)
and halfback TJ Perenara (Northern United
). View the team here
Visit Photos across the top of this page to view galleries from the two Festival matches played this weekend and the Wellington Secondary Schools Finals Day. Lots of rugby coming up, so check back regularly.
The Wellington Lions and Wellington Pride NPC teams both missed out in their matches this weekend. In Whangarei on Saturday, the Lions lost 5-35 to Northland. In Palmerston North on Sunday, the Pride lost 10-22 to Manawatu. Both sides are back at home this coming weekend, the Lions hosting Manawatu at Westpac Stadium on Friday night and the Pride playing Otago at the Petone Rec on Saturday.
Halfback TJ Perenara (Northern United) and lock Jeremy Thrush (HOBM) been released by the All Blacks to play for the Wellington Lions against Manawatu in their next ITM Cup match on Friday night at Westpac Stadium. Perenara and Thrush are two of 10 All Blacks who will play for their provinces this coming weekend.
Follow the Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup, the Wellington Pride in the Women's NPC and the local Heartland teams through our representative website. Visit www.clubrugby.co.nz
Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) will play his 50th Test for the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday night against the Wallabies. The team to play Australia also includes hooker Dane Coles (Poneke), Conrad Smith (OBU), Julian Savea (Ories) and TJ Perenara (Norths). Ma'a Nonu (Ories) is injured and has been replaced by Ryan Crotty.?
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
Scots College travel to play Super 8 school Gisborne Boys' High School this Saturday in one semi-final of the Hurricanes region seconddary school championship. The other semi-final pits Palmerston North Boys' High School against Hastings Boys' High School in the other. The final for the right to contest the National Top Four tournament is in Palmerston North the following weekend.
Several new photo galleries have been added, and at least one more to come soon, of the weekend's club and representative rugby action. Click on Photos above for 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.
The New Zealand Marist Colts side is playing a match tomorrow at the Petone Recreation Ground against a combined Marist St Pat's and Hutt Old Boys Marist Colts team. Kick-off is at 12.30 pm. The Senior 1 Ed Chaney Cup final between Petone and Poneke follows at 2.30 pm.?
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.
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.
The All Blacks team to play the eagerly-awaited opening Bledisoe Cup Test match of the Investec Rugby Championship this weekend has been named, featuring six Wellington players in the 23. Dane Coles (Poneke) is at hooker, TJ Perenara (Norths) is reserve halfback, Ma'a Nonu (Ories) and Conrad Smith (OBU) form the midfield and Julian Savea (Ories) and Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) are the wings.
Upper Hutt Rams lock Christian Lloyd (with ball in hand) and Tawa prop Tolu Fahamokioa are two players named this morning in the Ricoh Wellington Lions' first ITM Cup match-day squad of the year, against Waikato on Saturday. More details here
Wellingtonian Keith Quinn
has been a rugby fan, commentator and writer for 50 years. Visit and bookmark his new website at http://www.keithquinnrugby.com/
for his news, views, trivia, and stories from around the rugby world.
The 2014 Women's NPC draw
has officially been released
by the NZRU. The nine-week round-robin runs from 23 August - 18 October, followed by a straight final on 25 October. The Wellington Pride play home games against Otago on 30 August, BoP on 20 September, Waikato on 11 October and Hawke's Bay on 18 October. We'll be covering the Women's NPC, ITM Cup and Heartland competitions. Details soon.
Te Whaea will be the venue on Thursday afternoon for the finals of the College Sport Wellington Girls rugby competitions, played in a 10-a-side, 25 minute halves format. At 4.00 pm Kapiti play Bishop Viard in the Division 2 final, while at 5.00 pm St Catherine's face Porirua for the Premier title.
Former Wellington Lions and Hutt Old Boys Marist wing Hosea Gear is retunring to New Zealand in 2015 to join the Chiefs in a bid to play in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Gear, 30, has signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs to play in next year's Super Rugby competition. Gear recently scored a brace in the Barbarians' 39-29 win over an England XV at Twickenham was a regular starter for Toulouse in the French Top 14 last European season. He currently plays for Honda in Japan.
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.
Today is the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli, involving the Wellington Battalion and Wellington Mounted Rifles. On this day in 1915, Chunuk Bair, the highest peak on the Gallipoli Peninsula and key objective, was taken. A lack of support and Turkish counter-attacks meant the chance was lost within 48 hours. The Ataturk Memorial on Wellington's South Coast (pictured) commemorates this. Many of Wellington's club rugby players lost their lives in the Great War 1914-18.
The Victoria Tavern Trophy Women's semi-finals are tomorrow. Norths play OBU in one playoff match at Porirua Park and Ories play Wainuiomata in the other at the Polo Ground. Visit Draws & Results across the top of this page to view the team lists.?
A Wellington XV has defeated a Canterbury side 26-24 in an ITM Cup pre-season match in Christchurch today. Trailing 0-12 at halftime, the Wellingtonians scored through James Wall (HOBM) and Adam Hill (OBU) to trail 12-24 in the second half. Halfback Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM) dived over to make it 19-24 and then a last-ditch Ope Peleseuma (HOBM) try, converted by Jason Woodward (Upper Hutt Rams), gave them the win.
Left to right: Ope Peleseuma, Chase Tiatia and Matt Proctor will start together for the Wellington XV in their final pre-season match before the start of the ITM Cup in Christchurch on Friday. The final Wellington Lions squad is named on Monday. The team for Friday is: 1. Reggie Goodes; 2. James O'Reilly; 3. Eric Sione; 4. Kaipati Gaualofa; 5. Christian Lloyd; 6. Adam Hill; 7. Greg Lealofi; 8. Brad Shields; 9. Jared Kahu; 10. Riki Flutey; 11. Chase Tiatia; 12. Shaun Treeby; 13. Ope Peleseuma; 14. Matt Proctor; 15. Jason Woodward; 16. Leni Apisai; 17. Tolu Fohomokioa; 18. Taniela Koroi; 19. Liam Hallam-Eames; 20. Taniela Manu; 21. Jackson Garden-Bachop; 22. Matt O'Connor; 23. Parataiso Silafai-Leaana; 24. Ambrose Curtis; 25. Tau Mamea
Radio Sport's Martin Devlin has chatted with Piri Weepu (Wainuiomata)
about his departure from NZ Rugby. Listen here
NZ rugby’s most coveted prize turns 110 today. On 6 August 1904, Wellington, being the inaugural holders having been awarded it as 1903 champions, traveled to Auckland to defend the Log ‘O Wood for the first time. Duncan McGregor and Donaldson Gray scored tries in their 6-3 victory. Successful defences followed against Canterbury (6-3), Otago (15-13), Wairarapa (3-3) and Hawke’s Bay (11-3), before Auckland won it off Wellington in August 2005 (10-6).
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.
Check out Photos across the top of this page as we progressively add more photo galleries from Finals Day on Sunday as they come in. Club Rugby extends a massive thank you to the group of photographers who help us out week in and week out, without whom we couldn't bring this website to life. Thanks to Chainsaw Photos, Hugh Pretorius, NZLenz, Mike Lewis, Warwick Burke and others. Collectively, these guys did over a week's work plus overtime on Sunday alone taking and processing photos.
Hard tackling Tawa loose forward Sam Blair is soon packing his bags for a six-month stint playing club rugby for Mullingar in Ireland. Blair leaves at the end of the month and says he is heading over to help them out with a view to fulfill his ambition to play professional rugby.
'Fas' Mike Wilson (OBU) retained his crown as the fastest man in Wellington club rugby, winning for himself a brand new Vodafone Samsung Galaxy phone. The Avalon contender came a close second, the Eagle came last.
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:
- 10.30 am: Colts Final: OBU Green v HOBM Green
- 12.45 pm: Hardham Cup Final: Northern United v Poneke
- 3.00 pm: Jubilee Cup Final: Hutt Old Boys Marist v Wainuiomata
Hutt Old Boys Marist are the 2014 Jubilee Cup champions, beating Wainuiomata 14-11 in the final. Poneke won the Hardham Cup with a 19-9 win over Norths. Match reports, videos, photos all to come...
Watch members of the rugby community show their support to Wainuiomata ahead of tomorrow's Jubilee Cup final against Hutt Old Boys Marist:? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKQviV3Bsbg
Lock Sanita Levave (Northern United) will make her Women's World Cup debut tonight in New Zealand's tournament opener against Kazakhstan. Kick-off in France is at 11.00 pm tonight (NZT) and its live on Sky TV. New Zealand's second match will be against Ireland on Tuesday at 6.00 pm.
Visit Draws & Results across the top of this page for teamlists for Sunday's Premier Jubilee Cup final (kick-off 3.00 pm) and Premier 2 Hardham Cup final (kick-off 12.45 pm) at the Hutt Rec. Entry by a gold coin donation. Proceeds to Wellington junior rugby.?
Wing Ambrose Curtis makes a break in the Wellington XV's 28-29 defeat to Manawatu at the Hutt Recreation Ground this afternoon.The Wellington XV was out-scored five tries to four in windy conditions. Read more
Taniela Manu (Upper Hutt Rams - above
) is one of several new players in a Wellington XV who will meet Manawatu in an ITM Cup pre-season match at the Hutt Rec tomorrow, kick-off 3.00 pm, entry by a gold coin donation. Manu joins club teamamte Christian Lloyd (Upper Hutt Rams)
and fresh faces such as hooker Leni Apisai (Northern United)
and midfielder Wes Goosen (OBU).
Also to note is the return of prop Eric Sione (Northern United)
from injury. For more go to https://www.facebook.com/NZClubRugby
After 14 seasons and 173 Premier matches, Upper Hutt Rams first five-eighth Ben Aoina has retired from Wellington club rugby. Aoina, who made his Premier debut in his first season out of Upper Hutt College, won the Swindale Shield in 2005, kicked a then Wellington club rugby season record 243 points in 2006, played two seasons at Petone, one for East Coast in 2005 and spent a season in Romania. Next up is a stint playing for Wairarapa-Bush in the upcoming Heartland Championship.
Josh Galuszka (Hutt Old Boys Marist) & Ati Aaifou-Olive (Wainuiomata) have made a bet on the Jubilee Cup final, one of whom will be parading semi-clad holding a sign supporting the opposition on Margaret Street in Lower Hutt on Monday at noon. Watch the bet here
UPDATE: Tawa College won the final 35-10. The Tawa and Porirua College First XVs play at Porirua Park at 5.30 pm tonight in the re-scheduled final of the Co-ed Cup. The winner of the Tawa and Porirua College match advances to the Hurricanes region Co-ed Cup playoffs.
The Dominion Post
meets Billy Wallace Best & Fairest winner Ben Tupuloa
, and confirms that he and fullback Tau Mamea won't play in the final because of religious reasons.?
OBU's Matt O'Connor
is one of several new players named this morning in a 41-man Wellington Lions squad
. A Wellington XV plays Manawatu this Friday at the Hutt Rec, while the final squad will be named on 11 August.?
Wainuiomata No.8 Ben Tupuola has won the Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition, as jusdged by Dominion Post
contributors throughout the season.? Tupuola finished on 22 points, five clear of second placed Chase Tiatia of HOBM who can still close the gap in this Sunday's final.
28 July: Thanks to contributors, we have photo galleries of each of the four Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup semi-finals, plus the HOBM-Norths Colts semi-final. Visit Photos across the top of this page for moe.?
The following Wellington players have been selected the All Blacks this morning for their upcoming Rugby Championship campaign: Dane Coles (Poneke), TJ Perenara (Northern United), Ma'a Nonu (Ories), Conrad Smith (OBU), Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams), Julian Saves (Ories)
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)
Top qualifier St Pat's Silverstream will host Wellington College and second placed finisher Scots College will host St Pat's Town in next Saturday's Premier 1 semi-finals. Silverstream and Scots had the afternoon off this weekend, while Wellington College defeated Hutt International Boys' School 39-10 and St Pat's Town beat St Bernard's College 43-10.?
The NZRU has announced that TJ Perenara (Northern United) and Jeff Toomaga-Allen (Marist St Pat's) have both re-signed with New Zealand rugby until 2016. The announcement is the latest in a number of key signings for New Zealand Rugby in recent times, with an ever-increasing list of players re-signing to New Zealand Rugby for the next few years, including Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) through to 2017, Dane Coles (Poneke) to 2016 and Jeremy Thrush (HOBM), Ma'a Nonu (Ories) and Julian Savea (Ories) all through to 2015.
Congratulations to Wainuiomata first five-eighth John Monu who is set to play his 100th Premier game for the Green & Blacks in tomorrow's historic home Jubilee Cup semi-final at William Jones Park against Marist St Pat's.?
Oriental-Rongotai centre Paulo Aukuso is set to play his 150th Premier match for Ories against Hutt Old Boys Marist in tomorrow's Jubilee Cup semi-final at the Hutt Rec. Second five-eighth Trevor Marama plays his 50th match and blazer game for Ories as well.?
and Julian Savea
have been given the all clear to play in this Saturday's Jubilee Cup semi-final at the Hutt Rec, kick-off 2.30 pm, for their Oriental-Rongotai team against Hutt Old Boys Marist reports the Dominion Post
The St Pat's Town and St Pat's Silverstream First XVs meet in their Traditional and last round Premier 1 match today, kick-off 12.30 pm at Evans Bay Park, and the Tawa and Porirua College First XVs play at Porirua Park at 5.30 pm in the final of the Co-ed Cup. The winner of the Tawa and Porirua College match advances to the Hurricanes region Co-ed Cup playoffs. Update: The Co-ed Cup final has been postponed until next Wednesday.
Update: St Pat's Town Old Boys won this match 46-12. Old Boys of the St Pat's Town and St Pat's Silverstream colleges play each other at Kilbirnie Park this afternoon.The Silverstream team comprises players from around New Zealand, (including one player travelling to the match from the Philippines). BLK Sport have designed commemorative jerseys for each team.
Several new photo galleries have been added to the Photos section above from the weekend's club rugby in Wellington. Over 100 galleries for the season now to peruse.
The Wellington U19s will play a series of inter-provincial matches, culminating in the new national U19 competition in Taupo from September 27 to October 4.
FORWARDS: Leni Apisai (Norths), Connor Maddix Wipaeri (PK), Morgan Poi (OBU),Andrew Mamea (WoA),Anthony Mamea (WoA), Sam Dawson (Wellington), Jack Ross (Petone), James Blackwell (Petone), Liam Hallam-Eames (Ories), Sam Wasley (UH Rams), Henry Stowers (WoA), Te Ariki Ben-Nicholas (OBU). BACKS: Luke Campbell (OBU), Chase Tiatia (HOBM), Pakai Turia (Poneke), Wes Goosen (Petone), Willie Tufui (Petone), Troy Mohr (UH Rams), Frances Tanuvasa (HOBM), Faraimo Nofoaiga (Tawa), Fereti Soloa (HOBM), Alex Noble Campbell (Petone), Sam McNicol (Petone), Ryan Saunders (Wellington), Josh Robertson-Weepu (WoA). Plus Nine WTG players.
Blockbusting Wainuiomata lock/flanker and former NZ U20S player Shahn Eru
has signed a one-year contract to play in the Italian League with the Petrarca Padova club, the Dominion Post reports
. Italy's gain, Wellington's loss.
Former NZ U20 prop Donald Brighouse (Marist St. Pat's) has signed a two year deal with Otago rugby and will play for Otago in this year's ITM Cup. Brighouse joins Otago from Auckland where he has been playing club rugby this season for Marist alongside former MSP teammate and lock Charlie Graham. Brighouse and TJ Ioane (OBU) are the two Wellington players in Otago's squad this year, following the recent retitement of Buxton Popoalii (Northern United).
HOBM won the Andy Leslie Trophy for finishing as top qualifier for the Jubilee Cup semi-finals, which are played on Saturday 26 July.
Poneke centre Cole Stewart plays his blazer game for Poneke tomorrow (30 starting caps) in Poneke's final round-robin match against Avalon at Kilbirnie Park tomorrow. Poneke just need one point from this fixture to secure a home semi-final.
Navigate the Draws & Results section above for some ground transfers and alterations to kick-off times to all competitions we cover. Changes tomorrow to games in the Hardham, Ed Chaney, HD Morgan Memorial, John E Kelly Cups, the Paul Potiki Shield and the Victoria Tavern Trophy.?
OBU Black won last night's John E Kelly Cup catch-up match, beating the MSP Colts 15-14 at Te Whaea. Follow this competition via Draws & Results section above. After six completed rounds, the Colts Division 1 points tables reads: OBU Green 30, HOBM Green 24, Norths Blue 23, Petone Blue 16, Wellington 12, OBU Black 12, Ories 6, MSP 1.?
Rongotai and Wairarapa College (Premier 2 side) have resurrected their annual traditional sports exchange after 20 years. After checking back through the records it was found that Rongotai were the last holders of the 'Half Century Cup' which was found after a look through the trophy cabinet, polished? and will travel with the team to the neutral venue of Featherston Rugby Club on Saturday. Featherston Rugby are looking forward to hosting this match on an annual basis as the timing suits both teams as their respective competitions resume next week. Rongotai eye the playoffs for 5th position while Wairarapa are on target to go back-to-back winners in Premier 2.
Robbie Fruean (Northern United)
has signed a two-year deal with the Hawke's Bay Magpies
and will play his ITM Cup rugby out of Napier this year.?
Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) is officially a Hurricane again. The Miramar peninsula powerhouse has signed a one-year deal for 2015. He replaces departing players Alapati Leiua (Northern United) and Tim Bateman (Old Boys University) in the Hurricanes squad for next year.
Video highlights of the First XV Round 7 match and Traditional on Saturday 5 July between Wellington College and Rongotai College are here
It's a month this evening until the start of the 2014 ITM Cup for the Wellington Lions, who take on the Waikato Mooloo in their season opener at Westpac Stadium on Saturday 16 August at 6.35 pm. They also play home matches against Manawatu (29 August), Tasman (21 September), Taranaki (5 October) and North Harbour (11 October).?
There are two catch-up Colts competition matches scheduled to be played this Wednesday night. In the Colts Division 1 competition, MSP Colts and OBU Black meet at Te Whaea at 7.45 pm. This is their round four match that was previously postponed. In the Colts Division 2 action, Tawa and Poneke meet at Lyndhurst Park at 7.00 pm. This game is a catchup on the competition between the side relegated from Division 1 mid-season and the side that lost the promotion game at the same time.
Update: St Pat's Silverstream lost 0-31 to Christchurch BHS. The St Pat's Silverstream First XV is today playing Christchurch Boys High School. The match kicks off at noon. Previously, CBHS drew with Wellington College 19-19. We will endevour to bring the result. Looking ahead to next Wednesday 23 July, Silverstream play St Pat's Town in the final round-robin Premier 1 fixture of the season.?
The final score from the match at Porirua Park last night was 8-0 to the Hurricanes U18s over the Wellington U19s trial team. The match was played in wet, chilly conditions and the Wellington U19s fielded a different starting XV each half.?
Several new photo galleries from the weekend's Jubilee Cup, Hardham Cup (all four games covered) and women's competitions can be viewed by visiting the Photos link above. Re-live the weekend's action from the comfort of your computer or internet viewing device.?
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).?
Piri Weepu (Wainuiomata)
is set to leave NZ rugby for English club London Welch, it has been revealed
HOBM midfield back Ope Peleseuma will play his 40th and blazer match for HOBM Premiers tomorrow against Tawa. Ope, a former NZ Secondary Schools and NZ U20 player, made his Premier debut for the Eagles in the first round of the 2011 Swindale shield against Norths. He played for Taranaki in last year's ITM Cup.
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.
The Manawatu Rugby Union have announced that they signed former New Zealand U20 and Wellington Lions halfback Kayne Hammington (Upper Hutt Rams) for a year. Hammington moved to the Manawatu at the start of this year where he has been playing club rugby in 2014.?
Scott Fuglistaller (Wests Roosters) has been named to captain the Melbourne Rebels in their last round match against the Bulls on Saturday morning.
Visit Photos across the top of this page for new galleries recently added, featuring Jubilee Cup, Hardham Cup, Senior 1, Women's and First XV rugby. Plus more galleries to come from this past weekend.?
Ma'a Nonu (Oriental-Rongotai) could be readying his return to the Hurricanes in 2015. Read more
There were two Victoria Tavern third round Women's matches last night and one fifth round Colts Division 1 encounter. In the Women's games, Avalon defeated MSP-Poneke 56-15 and Wainuiomata beat Old Boys Universiy 24-15. The Colts fixture saw the OBU Green team win its 32nd consecutive match in downing the Ories Colts 40-10.
Update: Some club rugby matches are being played tonight, including the Premier Women's Friday Night Under Lights round, featuring three out of four Victoria Tavern Round 3 games. Women's games tonight are: OBU v Wainuiomata at Te Whaea at 6.30 pm and Avalon v Poneke at Maidstone Park at 7.30 pm. The Ories and OBU Green teams meet at Te Whaea at 8.00 pm in Round 5 of the Division 1 John E Kelly Memorial Cup.
The Upper Hutt Rams have said Au Revoir to first five-eighth Liam Berry for the rest of the season, off to France to play for club side Avenir Valencien
Petone lock James Saolele transferred over the hill and captained Wainuiomata for two seasons. Should he take the field tomorrow, he will played his 100th Premier match for Petone against Wainuiomata. Meanwhile, Petone welcome back former NZ Sevens player Belgium Tuatagaloa from a long term injury after returning at the end of 2013 from a season in Canterbury.
The Tawa College First XV retained the Beard Trophy at Porirua Park last night against Bishop Viard College, winning 34-0 (17-0 at halftime).?
Outside back Jason Woodward (Upper Hutt Rams) has confirmed he will join the Ricoh Wellington Lions for the 2014 ITM Cup. The 24-year-old recently signed with the Hurricanes for two years. Woodward played his first provincial season with the Wellington Lions in 2011, before taking up a Super Rugby contract with the Rebels in 2013. Previously, Woodward played 18 matches and clocked up 145 points for Wellington, scoring a hat-trick on championship debut against Taranaki.
Wellington locks Sanita Levave (Norths - pictured above) and Jackie Patea (Wainuiomata) have been selected in the Black Ferns Women's Rugby World Cup squad. The tournament kicks off in France on 1 August.
Wellington College will play Nelson College in Wednesday's final of the annual Quadrangular tournament, played at Wanganui Collegiate. In Monday's games, played in stready rain, Wellington beat Wanganui 31-10 and Nelson beat Christ's College 19-6. In other First XV matches on Wednesday, St Pat's Silverstream and Rongotai College meet at Silverstream and St Pat's Town challenge Francis Douglas Memorial College for the Hibernian Cup in New Plymouth. On Wednesday evening, Tawa College and Bishop Viard College meet at Porirua Park in the Beard Trophy.
Explore the Photos section above for a selection of new photo galleries from the weekend's club rugby in Wellington.
Earlier in the the year it was Alapati Leiua. Last night it was lock Blade Thomson who sunk the Crusaders. Thomson scored two tries including the match winner from halfway at the end in the 16-9 victory, pictured here by Dave Lintott.?
The Waikanae U85 kg Division 1 team made it two from two to start the second round Paul Potiki Shield last night, beating the Upper Hutt Rams 12-9 under lights at Maidstone Park.?
Ahead of the Hurricanes playing the Crusaders at night, tomorrow's kick-offs are all earlier. All eight Jubilee and Hardham Cup matches start at 2.15 pm. In a curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby fixture, the St Pat's Town and Hutt International Boys' School First XVs meet at 5.15 pm at Westpac Stadium
Centre Robbie Fruean (Northern United
) returns to the Chiefs
starting line-up for their Super Rugby NZ derby against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday night after a period away from the team and stint playing club rugby in Hamilton.
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.
Referee Richard Gordon and MSP captain and halfback Peter Sciascia, pictured above in discussion, will both be reaching milestones in Jubilee Cup rugby on Saturday. Gordon will be refereeing his 50th Premier match in the match between Wainuiomata and Ories and Sciascia will be playing his 100th match for MSP against HOBM at the Hutt Rec. Prior to joining MSP in 2008, Sciascia played for Avalon between 2004-2007 and is a former Best & Fairest competition winner with that club.
Update: St Pat's Silverstream lost 14-22 in Palmerston North today. The St Pat's Silverstream First XV travels to play Palmerston North Boys' High School today in a non-competition Traditional. Silverstream will be out to keep their run of Traditonal wins this year alive and also to emulate Wellington College's narrow win over them earlier in the season at Westpac Stadium, where St Pat's Town and HIB will be playing this Saturday evening at 5.15 pm.
The Hutt Recreation Ground will host this year's Colts Division 1, Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup finals on Sunday 3 August.
Motu Matu'u (Ories) has announced today that he will be re-joining the Wellington Lions for this year's ITM Cup.
The top U18 rugby players from the Hurricanes' region will gather in Feilding next month for what will be a more intense development camp than ever before. A total of 60 players have been selected from 242 nominations, to participate in the camp from July 7 to 11 at Feilding High School. The camp isn't just a chance for players to develop their technical and tactical rugby, but take in presentations around physical preparation, mental skills and nutrition requirements. The week-long event will also provide courses for first XV coaches, franchise selectors and technical analysts to up-skill in their specialist areas.
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.
Wellington Premier referee Ben O’Keeffe has been selected to referee this Friday’s IRB Junior World Cup final between England and South Africa at Eden Park. This is the second year a Wellington referee has refereed the World U20 final after Mike Fraser last year. New Zealand plays Ireland in the playoff for third and fourth at 5.05 pm, ahead of the final at 7.35 pm.
The second round U85kg Division 1 Paul Potiki Shield starts this weekend, with the opening salvoes fired at the St Pat's Artificial on Friday night when first round winners MSP Blues play the Poneke Cavs at 6.30 pm. Joining the Blues and the Cavs in the six-team double round-robin competition are the Tawa Titans, OBU Onslow Spartans and first round Divison 2 winners and runners-up Avalon and Waikanae. Follow the Paul Potiki Shield from later this week through the Draws & Results section (above).
Hutt Old Boys Marist
loose forward Dylan Hayes has signed to play for French club Grenoble on a three-year deal, the club has reported.
Like most Mondays, club rugby fans are still catching their breaths this morning after another top-notch round of Senior club matches on Saturday. Re-live some of the selected action through photos by visiting the Photos link across the top of this page.
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.
The Wests Roosters are holding their Old Timers' Today at Ian Galloway Park, with their Senior 1 team hosting the Upper Hutt Rams at the Cage at 3.00 pm and the clubrooms open for all past players and supporters of the Western Suburbs, Karori, Onslow and Athletic clubs.
Congratulations to the MSP Blues for winning the U85kg Division 1 JC Bowl title, beating the Tawa Titans 27-10.
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.
Updated: No rugby nominees won their awards. Several Wellington players and officials are nominees in the Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year awards. Finalists are: Sportsman of the Year Conrad Smith (Old Boys University); Team of the Year Wellington 7s Rugby; Coach of the Year Scott Waldrom (Avalon) and Chris Boyd (Lions) Personality of the Year TJ Perenara (Northern United); Offical of the Year Mike Fraser.
In four matches played yesterday involving Wellington Premier 1 First XV colleges, St Pat's Town beat Hato Paora College 60-0 in their 50th annual match for the Tyrconnel Shield, Tawa College beat Porirua College 25-6 in their Beard Trophy fixture, St Bernard's College lost 7-47 to Francis Douglas College in New Plymouth and St Pat's Silverstream beat Wellington College 24-12.
Most capped All Blacks in Tests: Richie McCaw (125 Tests), Keven Mealamu (111), Tony Woodcock (108), Dan Carter (100), Mils Muliaina (100), Sean Fitzpatrick (92), Ma'a Nonu (89)
Tawa’s Shaun Treeby has resigned with the Wellington Lions until the end of 2015.
James O'Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist) and Sosi Tuimavave (Poneke) will make their first tournament starts at hooker and right wing respectively in New Zealand's Junior Rugby World Cup third round Pool match tonight against Scotland. No. 8 Matt Peni (MSP) comes off the bench. The game kicks off in Pukekohe at 7.35 pm.
St Pat’s Silverstream edged out Scots College 28-26 in a classic encounter
in yesterday’s third round of the Wellington Premier 1 First XV competition. Silverstream host Wellington College on Wednesday in their midweek Traditional.
Congratulations to halfback TJ Perenara (Northern United) for making his All Black debut last night in the narrow 20-15 win over England. Perenara, along with Victor Vito (Marist St Pat's), came off the bench late in the match and created impetus. Conrad Smith (Old Boys University) scored the winning try at the end.
2005 Upper Hutt Swindale Shield winner and former Wellington Colts and Academy flanker and now London Irish loose forward Blair Cowan
is set to make his international debut for Scotland against the USA today (NZT).
With seven wins and four defeats in their inaugural season, The Upper Hutt Rams finished fourth in the just complete first round Swindale Shield. Re-live their first round video highlights
The Stokes Valley Rugby Football Club celebrates its 65th anniversary this weekend, with a big wekend of rugby and festivities planned at Delaney Park including the club's Senior 2 side and President's team in action at 3.00 pm.
Upper Hutt Rams fullback Jason Woodward is returning home to play for the Hurricanes for the next two seasons, it was announced today. Woodward has spent 2013 and 2014 playing with the Melbourne Rebels in Australia.
Dane Coles (Poneke), Victor Vito (MSP), TJ Perenara (Norths), Ma'a Nonu (Ories), Conrad Smith (OBU), Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) and Julian Savea (Ories) were all named in the 31-man All Black squad for the upcoming 3-Test series against England.
UPDATE: second round Jubilee Cup Premier, Hardham Cup Premier 2, Ed Chaney Cup Senior 1 and HD Morgan Senior 2 draws are out are up in the Draws & Results section (link above).
Former Wellington College star, Old Boys University Goat and Wellington Lion Lima Sopoaga is now a Stag. Sopoaga will ply his trade for Southland
in the ITM Cup for the next two years.
The Dominion Post
reports this morning the tragic death of former Wellington College Old Boy, Old Boys University Premier and Wellington Development team Manager Richard Newsome
. We wish his family and friends condolences and best wishes.
Several new photo galleries have been uploaded to the website, covering Premier Swindale Shield, Senior 1 Harper Lock Shield and First XV rugby. Click on Photos above.Â
The All Black Sevens came back from 0-21 down to beat Australia 52-33 in this morning's IRB London Sevens final, also claiming the title. In a new award, Oriental-Rongotai wing three-quarter Ambrose Curtis
is this year's IRB Sevens Rookie of the Year
Wellington players Tauasosi Tuimavave (Poneke), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United), Matt Peni (Marist St Pat's) and James O'Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist) have been selected in the 28-player NZ U20 squad for the IRB Junior World Championship in 2014.
The Wellington Lions host the Waikato Mooloos at Westpac Stadium in their 2014 ITM Cup season opener on Saturday 16 August. This year’s ITM Cup semi-finals will be played in the weekend of 17 October, with the ITM Cup Championship Final on Friday 24 October and the Premiership Final on Saturday 25 October. Wellington's other home matches are against Manawatu (29 August), Tasman (21 September), Taranaki (5 October) and North Harbour (11 October).