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Short Passes – 27 May

27/05/2019

  UPDATE: The second round draws are out and are on the WRFU draws & results website HERE  How close were matters being different on Saturday afternoon? If MSP had denied Ories a bonus point at the Polo Ground, then it would have been the Magpies headed to the Hardham Cup. Similarly if Poneke didn’t

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Seven teams chasing five spots for Jubilee Cup tomorrow

24/05/2019

Above: Full steam ahead for OBU No. 8 Teariki Ben Nicholas last weekend against Wainuiomata (photo Stewart Baird). Top: Marist St Pat’s right wing Willie Schutz crosses the chalk against Norths (photo Andy McArthur). Both OBU and MSP are seeking bonus point wins tomorrow over Paremata-Plimmerton and Oriental-Rongotai respectively – but will that be enough? 

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The need to avoid “Human Related Accidents”

24/05/2019

By Touchline Eight of the 48 matches in the 2019 Rugby World Cup are being played at “Tokyo (Ajinomoto) Stadium”, 25 kilometres west of the Imperial Palace. Tokyo, a metropolis of 14 million people, is the sixth largest city in the world. The city is serviced by an extensive metro-rail system, comprising both over and

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First Round champions HOBM not partying like it’s 2015

22/05/2019

By Adam Julian. Hutt Old Boys Marist have won the Swindale Shield with a week to spare and gained 44 out of a possible 45 points so far this season. Has the Eagles’ first round triumph felt as dominant as the points table suggests? “Not necessarily,” responds captain Sheridan Rangihuna. “We’ve had to really hustle

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Forgotten club rugby trophies of Wellington: The Swinson Challenge Cup

22/05/2019

John Swinson emigrated from England to Wellington around 1912, while in his early 20’s. He became the Wellington Branch Manager of Chandler & Co., a US advertising company who he worked for in the US, before emigrating. In 1914 he was seriously injured in the Whangamarino railway accident while travelling from Wellington to Auckland, suffering

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This week in club rugby history 20-26 May

21/05/2019

Above: The Wellington Axemen and Avalon Wolves Colts sides after their match this week in 2017, in memory of Axemen Colts player Daniel Baldwin who passes away during the week. This week’s round of club rugby in 2017 was dedicated to Baldwin. In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights

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Short Passes – 20 May

20/05/2019

Above: Like a rare bird sighting, Johnsonville tries have been few and far between this season so far. Here Hawks right wing Rohan Rawlings dives through to score on Saturday against the Upper Hutt Rams. The Rams won 34-17. PHOTO: Peter McDonald.  A massive Saturday coming up in the Swindale Shield. While Hutt Old Boys

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First half blitzes see HOBM win Swindale Shield

18/05/2019

Swindale Shield Results & Standings HERE  Summary: The upshot of the Swindale Shield is that HOBM (on 44 points) will be crowned champions next Saturday and Norths (on 35 points) are safely in the Jubilee Cup. But there are still seven teams chasing five places in next week’s final round. This includes third equal Oriental-Rongotai

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Penultimate round fireworks predicted in club rugby

17/05/2019

This week’s Swindale Shield teamlists and draw is HERE (use ‘select competitions’ menu to change competitions) By Scott MacLean Its another weekend of clutch matches with the penultimate rounds in the three main men’s grades, with the weekend starting off with tonight’s historic Women’s game at Westpac Stadium. Its also the last weekend of the

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