Jubilee Cup

Season in review: 1930 (Part One the club rugby season)


  A highly competitive club rugby season, a successful representative season culminating in the return of the Ranfurly Shield and a hugely popular in-bound tour by Great Britain – 1930 remains one of the vintage seasons in Wellington rugby. As we build up to the 2020 year in rugby, we rewind the clock to 90

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Club Rugby teams of the decades


Welcome to the 15th decade of club rugby in Wellington, which gets underway on Saturday 21 March. Ahead of the new season, we have looked at the most dominant (statistically in most cases) teams of each decade so far. See below from the 1880s right up to the 2010s. 1880s  – Poneke Championships won: 4

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The 12 Rugby Questions of Xmas


Above: Fulltime in the 2019 Jubilee Cup final – who will win the title in 2020? PHOTO: NZ Lenz.   The festive season is a time for family and friends, for relaxing and making merry. But soon enough, the attention will turn to the 2020 rugby season. See below for this year’s third annual 12

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Rolling subs [updated] rugby news throughout the holiday period


Club Rugby news desk: editor@clubrugby.co.nz  Earl Va’a to Norths Sydney, 28 December: Late last month it was revealed that former Scots College and Wellington Lions coach Earl Va’a is heading to the Shute Shield in Sydney in 2020: View this post on Instagram 🚨 #RUGBYALERT @northsrugby appoint experienced Kiwi coach Earl Va’a to lead the

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Tries of the Season: Men’s Club Rugby Part 2


Above: Tupou Sopoaga (Petone) and Dane Coles (Poneke) in action in their F.J Tilyard Shield fixture earlier this year. Both players feature separately in tries below. PHOTO: Andy McArthur. Part 2 of our Tries of the Season series, looking back at some of the action in 2019 in club rugby. (Part 1 HERE) Continuing the

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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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Twenty years since Athletic Park closed


Thirty thousand patrons entered Athletic Park for the final time 20 years ago today, 10 October 1999, to watch the Wellington Lions play Otago in round nine of the National Provincial Championship. Athletic Park had been the home of all rugby in Wellington for 97 years. The Lions were also having their best season for

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Club Rugby Awards of the Year


By Club Rugby correspondents The 2019 club rugby season is all but over, and bar a spectacular entry from the tail-end of the Reserve Grade Division 2 competition, our annual Club Rugby website awards are below. Three club Teams of the Year: Northern United Premiers – The Jubilee Cup champions had an often rocky road

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