News in briefs

Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Sunwolves in Tokyo


He’s only on the bench but the most pleasing news for me this week was the return of James Marshall. You may recall he suffered a nasty (is there a nice?) dislocated shoulder against the Waratahs in what seems ages ago. I and a lot of people probably assumed it was season ending. Now utility

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Short Passes – 15 April


Above OBU beat Avalon 8 tries to 2 on Saturday. This coming weekend they play Petone. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius. At the top level, the 2019 club season in Wellington is a month old. In a 10-round competition to find the top 7 places for the championship Jubilee Cup and the bottom 7 for the Premier

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Short Passes 8 April


Above: The Norths and MSP Women’s teams take the field on Saturday for the first time this season. Defending champions Norths won 66-0. Norths try scorers not known at time of publication. Please email with these. Two weekends of warm, sunny weather, followed by one of cold wintry conditions. Welcome to Wellington club rugby

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Crusaders #2


Above: Ardie Savea with Isaia Walker-Leawere in support in last week’s win against the Stormer. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius. By Kevin McCarthy I don’t think anyone thinks the timing of the Hurricanes v Crusaders derby is ideal. No wonder the Kiwi sides are looking forward to the Super Rugby rejig and having to play each other

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Short passes 25 March


Above: Tawa’s Kemara Hauiti-Parapara and Tawa’s scrum press towards the try line against Petone. Hauiti-Parapara started the match at first five-eighth but moved into halfback in the second half. PHOTO: Barry Stead. Another hot sunny day to open the new season of rugby around the Wellington region. Conditions were just about perfect for most summertime

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Get to Cardiff


By Adam Julian on tour. Get to Cardiff. It’s simple for a Kiwi rugby tragic travelling around the UK for the first time. Wales are playing Ireland on Saturday to win the Grand Slam. Get to Cardiff. My notorious inability to plan ahead hurts. A search for accommodation on Hostel World reveals the only room

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Short Passes – 21 March


Club Rugby in Wellington starts this coming Saturday. The draw is HERE Above: The Tawa and Marist St Pat’s teams observe a moment’s silence remembering the victims of the Christchurch shooting that took place some 24 hours earlier. PHOTO: Barry Stead. Terrible events in Christchurch last Friday. Watch the tribute by the Avalon Wolves below: 

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Short Passes 11 March


  The anticipation for the opening round of the Swindale Shield is gathering momentum. Wellington Premier club rugby kicks off on Saturday 23 March. View the draw HERE  Some encouraging pre-season hit-outs this past weekend, at home and away. Local clubs Tawa and Paremata-Plimmerton, Wainuiomata and Poneke and Wellington and Oriental-Rongotai met in full squad practice matches.

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Short Passes – 4 March


Above: Chase Tiatia in action on debut for the Hurricanes on Friday night. PHOTO: Dave Brownlie. Full gallery at Just under three weeks to go before the greatest show in town kicks off. Check out the first week Swindale Shield draw HERE The first weekend of March saw many clubs in action in pre-season fixtures.

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