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Short Passes 18 November


Above: Winter 2019 flashback. When Wainuiomata beat Oriental-Rongotai 21-12 in the opening round of the Jubilee Cup. Full gallery of this game HERE Update: Website server issues. Apologies for our website being down sporadically on Monday morning – this is a server issue and out of our control. A quiet weekend for rugby in the

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Jackie Dougan and the Onslow 1955 Jubilee Cup team


Petone and Onslow first five-eighth Jackie Dougan passed away last week in Masterton, aged 93. The following story was published on this website in 2015:  1955: The year the suburbanites won the Jubilee Cup The history of the Jubilee Cup is littered with fairytale wins. In recent times, championship wins by Oriental-Rongotai (2011) and Tawa

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Short Passes: 11 November


Above: The HOBM Eagles warm up ahead of one of their games on Saturday – they went on to win the Men’s tournament. Photos by Andy McArthur HERE +++++ There are two more weekends of rugby to come in the Wellington region for the rest of 2019. Despite no presence at the just completed American

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Hutt Old Boys Marist and Old Boys University win club sevens series


The Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles (Men’s) and Old Boys University (Women’s) are the 2019 American Ambassador’s WRFU club sevens champions, following the second and final leg of the series in blustery and at times wet conditions at Onepoto Park on Saturday. The HOBM Eagles backed up their runner-up finish last week by beating Oriental-Rongotai

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American Ambassador’s sevens tournament leg two on Saturday


Same place, same time. The 2019 American Ambassador’s Sevens series is set to be decided late on Saturday afternoon at Onepoto Park, with men’s and women’s series winners to be crowned. It will be hard to go past Northern United kicking not going on and winning the tournament and raising the American Ambassador’s Trophy silverware

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Short Passes 4 November (Monday evening edition)


A successful day of sevens rugby on Saturday down at Onepoto. For the teams there it was a competitive morning and afternoon of rugby, with several eye-catching contributions across the leading grades. Defending American Ambassador’s champions Northern United took the honours in the Men’s grade and are odds-on to retain the American Ambassador’s Trophy when

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Norths and OBU take out American Ambassador’s opening leg


Northern United (Men’s) and Old Boys University (Women’s) won today’s re-booted opening leg of the WRFU American Ambassador’s Sevens series in fine, cool conditions at Onepoto Park. In the Men’s Cup final, defending series and national club champions Norths blanked the Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles 39-0. Aotea College school-leaver Ropati So’oalo scored a hat-trick

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WRFU sevens starts tomorrow


After a false start a fortnight ago, the WRFU American Ambassador’s 7s series kicks off tomorrow with the first of two legs at Onepoto Domain, Titahi Bay. Some 20 teams will contest the three grades, with the men playing for the American Ambassador’s Trophy and the Women playing for the Eleanor Roosevelt Trophy. Teams and

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Short Passes 29 October


This Saturday is the rescheduled opening leg of the WRFU American Ambassador’s 7s series at Onepoto Park. The series becomes a two-tournament shootout, with the final leg at Upper Hutt next Saturday. The first one at Wainuiomata was washed out. Draws and teams to be confirmed later in the week, but Short Passes suggests this

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Aisle be Back: All Blacks v England RWC semi-final


By Kevin McCarthy How are your nerves? I strangely don’t have any ahead of the semi-final. Kind of confident the All Blacks will dispose of England and set up a shot at the three-peat. Not that sort of arrogant confidence that a few indulged in after the blitzing of Ireland. The sort that assumes what

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