Club Rugby

Big wins for Petone and Poneke as opening day sizzles


Above: The Wainuiomata and HOBM teams observe a moment’s silence at their start of their opening Swindale Shield in commemoration of the recent Christchurch shootings.  Round One Draws & Results HERE It is important to start well in a 10-round competition, and the old guard Petone and Poneke both did just that today in the

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Get to Cardiff


By Adam Julian on tour. Get to Cardiff. It’s simple for a Kiwi rugby tragic travelling around the UK for the first time. Wales are playing Ireland on Saturday to win the Grand Slam. Get to Cardiff. My notorious inability to plan ahead hurts. A search for accommodation on Hostel World reveals the only room

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Swindale Shield Round one preview


Round One Draws & Results HERE  By Scott MacLean Here we go, the 141st season of club rugby in the capital since the formation of the union in 1879. With it comes the fourth different format in five years with the shortening of the Swindale Shield (and the season as a whole) by three matches,

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Short Passes – 21 March


Club Rugby in Wellington starts this coming Saturday. The draw is HERE Above: The Tawa and Marist St Pat’s teams observe a moment’s silence remembering the victims of the Christchurch shooting that took place some 24 hours earlier. PHOTO: Barry Stead. Terrible events in Christchurch last Friday. Watch the tribute by the Avalon Wolves below: 

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Gains and Losses 2019


The 2019 Wellington club rugby season kicks off this coming Saturday. Round one Swindale Shield teams will be named here in the Draws & Results section (above) on Friday, as well as on the new NZR App. As always there is player movement between clubs and new players from school First XVs and some others from overseas

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School Leavers to watch 2019


 – By Adam Julian and Steven White. Wellington Secondary Schools rugby was in a weak position in 2018. Participation numbers across the board were down while the First XV Premiership competition was won by St Patrick’s College, Silverstream – averaging more than 50 points per game. Despite the dip in standards it’s undeniable younger players

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Some players to watch in club rugby in 2019


Above: Old Boys University players and supporters celebrate a try in last year’s Jubilee Cup final. OBU beat Norths 32-19. PHOTO: Mike Lewis Pictures. Below: The Tawa and Marist St Pat’s squads pack down a scrum in their final pre-season hit-out on Saturday. PHOTO: Barry Stead.  The 2019 club rugby season kicks off this coming

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Rugby this weekend


For Wellington clubs, this coming Saturday 16 March is the penultimate round of pre-season fixtures before the first round of the Premier Swindale Shield and Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield competitions. For others around the Hurricanes region, it is the opening round of the season proper. Both Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay start their Championship seasons

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100-game milestone proud achievement for Ash Carmichael


                                     Above: Ash Carmichael in action in last year’s Hardham Cup final.  Since the start of 2013 Ash Carmichael has been a familiar face for both home and visiting team supporters alike at Upper Hutt’s Maidstone Park as

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Short Passes 11 March


  The anticipation for the opening round of the Swindale Shield is gathering momentum. Wellington Premier club rugby kicks off on Saturday 23 March. View the draw HERE  Some encouraging pre-season hit-outs this past weekend, at home and away. Local clubs Tawa and Paremata-Plimmerton, Wainuiomata and Poneke and Wellington and Oriental-Rongotai met in full squad practice matches.

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