Representative Rugby | 25 October 2018 |
I’m struggling to muster enthusiasm for the Japan thing. That bit where one part of the All Blacks play a pretty meaningless further Bledisloe match, then another part full of players most of us have never seen before, play the Japanese national team.
It’s no-one’s fault except the Wallabies that they don’t set the pulse racing. As I’ve said before, we play them way too often these days, and frankly, it’s not actually helping them nor the prestige of the Bled...More
Sevens Rugby | 25 October 2018 |
UPDATED: There are two sevens tournaments on Saturday for supporters to follow.
The Wellington Secondary Schools U15s tournament is being played at Naenae College, with organisers having confirmed a seven-team boys tournament and no girls section.
The U15 tournament starts at 9.20am with pool play and ends with the final at 2.20pm.
The pools for this tournament – are:
Pool A: Scots College, Wellington College, Rongotai College, Wainuiomata High SchoolPool B: St Pat’s Silverstream, St Pat’s Town, Taita College
Following this is the Condor 7s U15 tournament in Auckland for any Wellington school that chooses to attend, which runs over two days and precedes the main Condor 7s tournament, which Scots, Silverstream (boys) and St Mary’s College and Wainuiomata HS (girls) will be attending...More
Sevens Rugby | 22 October 2018 |
& Steven White
In sweltering sun at Naenae College today the Wellington Secondary Schools Sevens titles were decided with Scots College, St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, St Mary’s College and Wainuiomata High School earning trips to the National Condor Sevens in Auckland in December.
Boys: Christian Cullen Cup
Scots College successfully defended the Christian Cullen Cup, outpacing St Pats Silverstream 26-10 in the Cup final.
Scots scored the first four tries of the finale unanswered before Reilly Higgins and Ryan Amer restored some respectability with consolation efforts for the Catholics...More
Representative Rugby | 20 October 2018 |
& Scott MacLean
The Wellington Pride and Moata’a were the two big winners from this afternoon’s Porirua Park rugby deciders.
The Wellington Pride beat the Otago Spirit 57-5 to claim the Women’s NPC Championship silverware, while the Hutt Valley Samoans beat the Wainuiomata Samoans 28-26 in the final to win the 2018 Wellington Samoan Rugby Union Village Kings 10-a-side tournament.
The Wellington Pride have roared back into the Farah Palmer Cup Premiership ranks for 2019 after accounting for a gallant but overmatched Otago Spirit side 57-5 in the Championship final at Jerry Collins Stadium...More
Sevens Rugby | 19 October 2018 |
The Kat Simpkins Cup (left) for the Girls and the Christian Cullen Cup for the Boys will be up for grabs on Monday in the Condor 7s Qualifying tournament at Naenae College.
Once again Labour Day Monday means College 7s at Naenae College, with this year’s Wellington regional qualifier for the National Tournament in a few weeks’ time.
As with last year there are four places – two boys and two girls – up for grabs at the national tournament at Auckland’s Sacred Heart College at the end of November and start of December...More
Representative Rugby | 19 October 2018 |
Above: Old Boys University pair No. 8 Teariki Ben Nicholas (with ball) and fullback Wes Goosen both start for the Wellington Lions in their NPC semi-final on Saturday afternoon at Eden Park.
No matter how good Auckland have been this season, I bet most of you are feeling optimistic about Saturday’s huge semi at Eden Park.
What’s not to feel good about. With Dane Coles in the mix and Vaea Fifita having fought his way back into the All Blacks A squad, they have got to be the go.
At least there’s nothing dour about the two teams...More
Representative Rugby | 18 October 2018 |
The seventh annual Wellington Samoa Rugby Union’s Village 10s tournament is being held on fields 3 and 4 of Porirua Park (top fields) on Saturday.
This year’s Village Kings is an eight-team tournament. Teams are representing several villages and districts in Samoa, plus the Wellington and Hutt Valley Samoans teams and a composite invitational Fijian team this year.
Teams taking part are: Aiga Malisi (defending champions), Wellington Samoans, Vaitoloa, Faleata, Wellington Fijians, Tanugamanono, Hutt Valley Samoans and Moata’a...More
Representative Rugby | 18 October 2018 |
Farah Palmer is a global women’s rugby icon, having played 35 Test matches for the Black Ferns and represented Otago, Waikato and Manawatu at provincial level. In 2014, Palmer was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame and two years later the National Provincial Championship was named after her.
Palmer was initially reluctant to have a trophy bearing her name.
“It was in 2016 they convinced me to let that happen. I agreed on the basis that it was all about women and encouraging them to play the game,” Palmer recalls...More
Representative Rugby | 17 October 2018 |
“It was good to get a fresh start. I got a feeling I wasn’t wanted by the Lions so going to Auckland where nobody knew me was a good way to regain my confidence and drive,” Salesi Rayasi reflects on his shift from Wellington to Auckland.
The former Upper Hutt Rams wing left the capital in 2017 and has since earned a place in the New Zealand Sevens team and is presently the second equal leading try scorer in the National Provincial Championship with nine forays over the whitewash...More
Representative Rugby | 16 October 2018 |
Above: Monica Tagoai (top), Joanah Ngan-Woo (bottom left) and Ayesha Leti'L'iga in action recently against Otago, whom they meet in this coming weekend's WNPC Championship semi-final.
Four uncapped Black Ferns from the Wellington Pride, Oriental-Rongotai players Ayesha Leti-L’iga and Joanah Ngan-Woo and Marist St Pat’s players Monica Tagoai and Marcelle Parkes are in the Black Ferns squad for their upcoming tour of the USA and France.
The four players join Petone’s Jackie Patea-Fereti in the 29-strong squad that will play an historic triple header Test against the USA in Chicago and two Tests against France next month...More