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National Sevens this weekend
This weekend’s National Sevens will feature 16 provincial unions who qualified at the Northern, Central and Southern Regional Qualifiers held at the start of December. Sixteen men’s and 12 women’s teams will vie for top honours at the Tauranga Domain. In the men’s division, Tasman, Wellington and Counties Manukau topped their respective qualifying events, with defending champions Waikato finishing second in their Northern Region tournament. South Canterbury and Wairarapa Bush join the 14 NPC Unions to round out the 2018 men's competitors...More
NZ Amateur Sport Association Club Survey 2018
Over three-quarters of clubs (77%) report receiving no direct funding from any governing body, despite most (90%) having to pay affiliation fees or levies, according to the results of a recent survey of Sports Clubs undertaken by the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc., in partnership with the Auckland University of Technology. With nearly two-thirds (62%) of clubs either “losing money” or “approximately breaking-even”, only one-half of clubs (53%) reported having a Strategic Plan, (with nearly half of all clubs (43%) having no financial sponsor), suggesting that balancing the Love of the Game with the financial challenges of maintaining a vibrant community presence is a key focus...More
Wellington and Manawatu teams win Central 7s
The Wellington men’s and Manawatu women’s successfully defended their Central Zone 7s titles today at the annual qualifying tournament for the Nationals in a fortnight. In the finals, Wellington beat Hawke’s Bay 14-7 and Manawatu defeated Wellington 22-10. Manawatu beat Taranaki in the men’s playoff for third and fourth and Hawke’s Bay defeated Taranaki 27-7. The order of finishing determines seeding for the Nationals. All four women’s teams entered in the Central 7s qualify for Nationals, but just five of the seven men’s sides...More
Aisle be Back: Fulltime on the season
Above: Northern United celebrate winning their opening Swindale Shield match against Petone back in March.  Rugby has stopped. In case you hadn’t noticed. Sometimes the news cycle makes you feel like the year never ends, even in rugby. This off-season will no doubt be full of much speculation and conjecture. If in doubt conjecture. So anyway, here in no particular order, are some jottings. We’ll know a year from now, but was this the mythical year of losses we had to have in order to succeed in 2019...More
Central 7s in Levin on Saturday
The Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union is celebrating its125th anniversary in 2018. On Saturday festivities in a huge year will conclude at Playford Park, Levin in hosting the 25th annual Central Zone 7s tournament.  The tournament runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm and features 21 games. Men Pools:Pool A: Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Wanganui, ByePool B: Taranaki, Manawatu, Wairarapa Bush, Horowhenua-Kapiti Wellington won the inaugural event in 1993 and will look to defend the title they won against Manawatu 12 months ago...More
Five Wellington schools heading to Condor 7s this week
Five Wellington sides will look for glory at the Condor Sevens national finals, once again being hosted by Auckland’s Sacred Heart College. Scots College and St Mary’s return as the regional winners, joined by St Pats Silverstream and Wainuiomata High School’s girls side. Scots College head back gunning to go one better than last year when they fell in the final to Hamilton Boys. They were clearly a step ahead of the pack on Labour Day, progressing with ease and then relatively untroubled in beating Silverstream 26-10...More
 WRFU rep squads win Piri Weepu Sevens tournament
Men's tournament MVP Tasi Masoe in action in the final for home team Wainuiomata against the WRFU squad.  The WRFU men’s and women’s representative squads annexed today’s eighth annual Piri Weepu Invitational Sevens tournament at Wise Park, Wainuiomata. The Wellington Women won the final comfortably enough against the Northern United club side, conceding the first try but responding with four first half tries and another two in the second half to win 40-5. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Wellington Men’s outfit, who found themselves trailing the Wainuiomata club team just after halftime before going on to win the final 33-17...More
Piri Weepu Sevens tournament to take centre stage on Saturday
Expect a stream of traffic heading over the hill to Wainuiomata on Saturday morning. The eighth annual Piri Weepu Sevens tournament is being played at Wise Park and it is the last chance for fans to have the opportunity to watch their favourite local players before rugby in the capital goes into hiatus for three months. This year’s edition features 16 teams as well as off field entertainment and an expected appearance by the man himself who the tournament is named after, Piri Weepu. Eleven men’s and five women’s teams will take the field from 9...More
Aisle be Back: the rub of the Green
Well, as the song goes, it’s the end of the world as we know it – and I feel fine. In fact, I don’t think there’s a better time than right now, in the early 21 st century, to be an All Blacksfan. Thanks to Ireland, England. South Africa and the Lions – and no doubt, ourselves – New Zealand are now down somewhere with the better mortals. That is, a team which doesn’t have a sufficient edge to blitzkrieg its way to victory 90 per cent of the time. So goodbye to the quest for the perfect game or those winning streak targets, or any of the other substitute motivations that the All Blacks, as number one, have used...More
The Barrett dilemma?
Beauden Barrett could shortly became the first player ever to be crowned World Rugby Player of the Year three times in a row. Despite this global recognition of excellence, there remarkably exists in New Zealand at present a debate about his place in the team. Barrett was at his absolute best against Australia in August when he scored a record four tries at Eden Park. In the last three months, Barrett and the All Blacks form has dipped and Richie Mo'unga has surfaced as a compelling challenger for Barrett’s position...More
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