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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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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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Community sport receives another warning


    By Touchline. In what appears to be a further sign of the continued decline of organised amateur sport in the community, of the 177 Incorporated Societies already dissolved by the Registrar in 2019, nearly a third (a total of 52), are amateur sports clubs. Incorporated Societies are dissolved when the Registrar determines that

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Have we reached “peak rugby” in schools?


  By Touchline A recent study of participation in all forms of tackle football in United States high schools showed dramatic growth in the decade to 2008, a peak in 2009 and a decline thereafter. Since 2014, high school football is reported to have lost more than 45,000 participants. In the last year alone, the

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