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Short Passes 26 August (afternoon edition)


Another month is drawing to a close, but before it does there is a banquet of rugby coming up over the next several days. This sumptuous rugby experience starts this Thursday when the Wellington Lions play the Counties Manukau Stadium Steelers at Wellington Stadium for the Jonah Lomu Trophy (more on that at the bottom)

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Short Passes 5 August


Above the Wellington Axemen U85kg side – back-to-back Division 2 U85kg division champions. The men’s National Provincial Championship starts this Thursday when Southland host Northland but Wellington fans could be forgiven for barely knowing this given the Wellington media’s general rejection of rugby and the closed shop nature of professional rugby. The Wellington Lions open

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Short Passes 29 July – bumper edition + Lions squad naming


Has the bar at Norths’ HQ at Porirua Park closed yet? +++++ Despite being named on Ories’ bench for the Women’s final, Black Fern Selica Winiata was withdrawn prior to kick-off. While Club Rugby firmly believes this was belatedly the right decision, questions have to be asked why the idea of a non-Wellington affiliated player

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Short Passes 22 July


Above: The Petone Rec stand will be heaving this coming Saturday afternoon.  Monday evening edition… Welcome to the biggest week of the year for local rugby in the Wellington region. Wainuiomata and Northern United will be contesting the Jubilee Cup final at the Petone Rec on Saturday, one of nine finals scheduled for the day.

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Aisle be Back: The Rugby Championship kicks off


By Kevin McCarthy Argentina should be kicking themselves for not finally nailing the All Blacks on Sunday. Facing a deliberately weaker visiting side, it really was set up for them. Not that the All Blacks will ever surrender easily and so we saw. There was a ton of starch in the defensive effort and just

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Short Passes 15 July (bumper edition)


Monday evening edition.  The championship end of the season is upon us. As of Monday morning there are Jubilee and Hardham Cup semi-finals at the Polo Ground, Lyndhurst Park, Evans Bay Park and the Hutt Rec ( OBU are moving their operation to firmer pastures). View the semi-finals HERE  With school holidays, another quiet week

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This week in club rugby history 8-14 July


In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below 8 July 1978: MSP crush an understrength Petone 38-9 to effectively end Petone’s 1978 Jubilee Cup challenge, while the Wellington Axemen overrun University 29-0 in these two third round Jubilee Cup clashes. MSP

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[Evening edition] Short Passes 8 July


Results & Standings HERE  Late Monday edition – content below to be added. Email if you have news or information or a shout-out to an individual or team. A cold day for club rugby on Saturday with a range of  close-knit results across all grades setting up a big final weekend of round-robin action.

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This week in club rugby history 1-7 July


Above: When Petone beat Wainuiomata 27-27 this week in 2014 in a thriller. PHOTO: NZLenz In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below 1 July 1939: The Dominion: “Rugby interest ran high today, a record crowd [10,000] for the season being

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Short Passes 1 July (updated Tuesday)


There are two weeks left in the Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup competitions before the semi-finals and, if you count Petone (need calculators to come out) there are still six teams chasing four spots for the playoffs in both competitions. Plus home semi-finals need to be earned. Similarly, the Division 1 Colts competition is also

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