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Poneke and Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes retires
Above: Reggie Goodes (centre, headband) and his Poneke teammates track Wellington's Vaea Fifita in a Hardham Cup semi-final in 2014.  Poneke, Wellington Lions and Hurricanes loosehead prop Reggie Goodes has announced his retirement from rugby.  The 26-year-old former Wellington College First XV bookend has made the decision to end his playing career after taking medical advice following a series of concussions.  Goodes has not played since suffering a head knock during a pre-season match for the Hurricanes in February 2017, the third time he had been forced to take extended leave from the game due to concussion since 2014...More
Wellington club rugby championship winners 1880-2017
Reference article: See below for a list of winners in each of the Swindale Shield, Jubilee Cup, Hardham Cup and pre-Jubilee Cup championship competitions, up to date to the end of 2017. For future reference, when this drops off the stories list type your query into the search bar above and find it these lists that way. Swindale Shield Swindale Shield winners 1969 - 2017 1969 Petone1970 Petone1971 Petone1972 Wellington and Petone shared1973 Petone1974 Petone1975 Petone1976 Petone1977 Marist-St...More
Eden defends National Club Sevens title
Above: Eden celebrating their back-to-back title win after beating Napier Old Boys Marist in the Cup final. Photo credit: Eden Rugby Club Facebook  Auckland’s Eden has become the first club since Otago’s Alhambra-Union in 2009 to defend the Middlesex County Wavell Wakefield Cup, winning the National Club Sevens title in style at home at Gribblehurst Park on Sunday afternoon. In wet conditions, Eden beat Hawke’s Bay Champions Napier Old Boys Marist, winning 24-14 in the final. Earlier on day two, Eden had defeated Northland’s Old Boys Marist 19-0 in their quarter-final and overcome Waikato’s Hamilton Marist 14-5 in their semi-final...More
Hurricanes see Blue in Brisbane
For the first time since 2003, the Blues have won a Super Rugby trophy. The perennial underachievers from Auckland beat the Hurricanes 10-7 in the final of the Brisbane 10s to capture the pre-season title for the first time. Two vital mistakes cost the Hurricanes victory. Ahead 7-0 with three minutes remaining, Brayden Iose conceded a cynical penalty which allowed the Blues to march into the Hurricanes 22 and strike out wide via Akira Ioane. In the final minute Jamie Booth lost the ball ten-metres shy of his own goal line and the Blues mounted a final assault which saw George Mola stretch out in the corner after initially being restrained...More
Defending champions Eden and Hamilton Marist unbeaten at National Club Sevens
Dunedin’s Alhambra-Union in 2009 was the last club to defend the Middlesex County Wavell Wakefield Cup. Since then there have been seven different winners from six provinces, but defending champions and this year’s tournament hosts Eden are looking good to back-to-back on day two on Sunday. Led by the Argentine Costa brothers, Eden comfortably won all three of their games and will return in the morning to Gribblehurst Park with high hopes of holding on to the New Zealand Club Sevens Championship title for another year...More
Fresh faces in Rams squad for club sevens nationals
UPDATED: The Upper Hutt Rams will go into this coming weekend’s National Club Sevens Nationals in Auckland missing several familiar players from recent sevens campaigns and previous club nationals. Key among them are the Schrijvers brothers, Hayden and Daniel, with Hayden sidelined for several months with an ACL injury and Dan attending a New Zealand Sevens Development camp in Mt Maunganui this weekend which clashes with this tournament. Other players missing from recent Upper Hutt Rams Sevens campaigns include former All Blacks Sevens player Max Pearson (broken leg late last season), dynamic 15s openside flanker Mitchell Markov (work commitments), Tafa Tafa (just married and honeymooning) and experienced Nua Fono-Hunt (newly minted father, family commitments)...More
The New Zealand Club Sevens has grown to be one of the most hotly contested tournaments on the rugby calendar to win. Last year’s winners Eden Rugby Club became the seventh different winner of the tournament in as many years, and this year a string of provincial club sevens champions are set to descend on the club’s home ground Gribblehirst Park in Auckland, most hoping to take home the title for the first time. Current club sevens champions from Northland, Auckland, North Harbour, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Canterbury fill the16-team field for the two-day tournament...More
The shared club rugby championship seasons
The Wellington club rugby championship has been shared nine times in its history. Here is a summary of those seasons. 1883: Wellington and Greytown The inaugural WRFU Senior Championship was contested in 1880 between Wellington and Athletic, who played in the city division, and Greytown, Masterton and Carterton, who played in the Wairarapa division. Athletic were the first winners, there were “No Contests” in 1881 and Athletic won again in 1882. The introduction of Poneke the next season formed a six-team competition in one division...More
Name Aisle 7 After GC Williams
Graham Williams' fingers were so badly damaged during his rugby career he resorted to wearing his wedding ring on a string around his neck. If ever there was an illustration of commitment to his wife (Williams was married to Sharon for 52 years) and rugby this was surely it. Speaking at Williams' funeral yesterday Wellington Rugby Union President Brendan Gard'ner passionately asserted Williams touched every aspect of the “Wellington Rugby family.” Gard'ner acclaimed Williams as a player, coach, administrator, referee, commentator and fan of high repute...More
Matt Proctor and Peter Umaga-Jensen set for returns
Above: Matt Proctor in hot form for the Hurricanes in early 2017. The return from injury for midfield backs Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai) and Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata) are positive features of the opening Hurricanes squad of the season to play the Crusaders in Greymouth on Friday, kick-off 5.30pm. Both spent the second half of 2017 out of the game and have been named to start together in the Hurricanes midfield in an extended 32-player squad for Friday’s first encounter of the season and first of two pre-season matches (not counting the Brisbane 10s next weekend) before the season opener against the Bulls in Pretoria on Sunday 25 February (NZT)...More
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