Wins for Tawa College, HIBS and St Pat’s Town in midweek rugby


Midweek secondary school rugby kicked off in the capital this week with two successes for local outfits against touring opposition and a successful Beard Trophy defence by Tawa College against Porirua College under the floodlights of Jerry Collins Stadium. St Pat’s Town accounted for St John’s College, Hastings 39-11 at Evans Bay Park while Club

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College Rugby season starting this weekend


Above: St Pat’s Town beat St Pat’s Silverstream to win the U15 final last year. Above top: The St Pat’s Silverstream Second XV retained the Premier 2 Murray Jensen Cup in 2018. PHOTOS: Andy McArthur. By Scott MacLean and Steven White The College Rugby season gets underway this weekend. At the top end there’s the

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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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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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Rugby this weekend


For Wellington clubs, this coming Saturday 16 March is the penultimate round of pre-season fixtures before the first round of the Premier Swindale Shield and Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield competitions. For others around the Hurricanes region, it is the opening round of the season proper. Both Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay start their Championship seasons

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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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