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Short Passes 4 November (Monday evening edition)

04/11/2019

A successful day of sevens rugby on Saturday down at Onepoto. For the teams there it was a competitive morning and afternoon of rugby, with several eye-catching contributions across the leading grades. Defending American Ambassador’s champions Northern United took the honours in the Men’s grade and are odds-on to retain the American Ambassador’s Trophy when

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WRFU sevens starts tomorrow

01/11/2019

After a false start a fortnight ago, the WRFU American Ambassador’s 7s series kicks off tomorrow with the first of two legs at Onepoto Domain, Titahi Bay. Some 20 teams will contest the three grades, with the men playing for the American Ambassador’s Trophy and the Women playing for the Eleanor Roosevelt Trophy. Teams and

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Aisle be Back: The World Cup exit and the reboot begins

31/10/2019

Above: The All Blacks may not out-sing the Welsh, but they will be hoping to beat them on Friday night in the third-fourth playoff. PHOTO: Getty Images via NZR media.  By Kevin McCarthy Next comes the great Convulsion. You’ll remember the last one, when we crashed out of the Rugby World Cup in 2007 in

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Short Passes 29 October

29/10/2019

This Saturday is the rescheduled opening leg of the WRFU American Ambassador’s 7s series at Onepoto Park. The series becomes a two-tournament shootout, with the final leg at Upper Hutt next Saturday. The first one at Wainuiomata was washed out. Draws and teams to be confirmed later in the week, but Short Passes suggests this

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Lions fall short in NPC final

26/10/2019

For the eighth time in 20 years, the Wellington Lions have fallen short at the final hurdle of the National Provincial Championship, beaten 14-31 by the Tasman Mako in the Premiership final on Saturday evening. The Lions had their chances to push the Mako close and perhaps press on for the win had one or

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Lions gunning for second title in 10th final on Saturday

23/10/2019

The Lions have a record of one win from nine attempts in NPC Division 1/Premiership finals. On Saturday they play in their 10th final since their first in 1999 – can they win a second decider? Their record in these finals at a glance is: 2013: Lost to Canterbury 13-29 2009: Lost to Canterbury 20-28

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Short Passes 21 October

21/10/2019

Another blockbusting game by Lions No. 8 Teariki Ben Nicholas on Saturday – he would be a worthy pick-up by a Super Rugby side when the squads are confirmed soon. PHOTO: Mike Lewis Pictures. It was a case of one from two for the Wellington teams in the National Provincial Championship semi-finals on Saturday. The

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Aisle be Back: The RWC quarter-finals

17/10/2019

By Kevin McCarthy Guy who writes this blog has to confess he’s going to be stuck on a commercial plane flight right through the All Blacks’ quarterfinal against Ireland. Seriously. How do you manage to organise that rugby-watching apocalyptic scenario, you might ask. Or less politely, is he a complete idiot? Let’s say it’s complicated.

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Wellington Lions: five memorable semi-final wins

16/10/2019

Above: Kemara Hauiti-Parapara and the Lions scrum will need to fire up when they play Canterbury this coming weekend. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius. Since 1992, when the present finals format was introduced into the National Provincial Championship, Wellington has played in a number of Semi-finals. Here’s a look back at five of those wins: 2000 v

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Short Passes 14 October (lunch edition)

14/10/2019

Pepesana Patafilo in action for the Lions on Saturday. Short Passes thinks that he could be in a Super Rugby squad and not in Tawa’s next year. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius. A big weekend of rugby to look forward to this coming Saturday. There are three sevens tournaments – details, teams and draws to be published

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