Super Rugby

The 12 Rugby Questions of Xmas


Above: Fulltime in the 2019 Jubilee Cup final – who will win the title in 2020? PHOTO: NZ Lenz.   The festive season is a time for family and friends, for relaxing and making merry. But soon enough, the attention will turn to the 2020 rugby season. See below for this year’s third annual 12

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Rolling subs [updated] rugby news throughout the holiday period


Club Rugby news desk:  Earl Va’a to Norths Sydney, 28 December: Late last month it was revealed that former Scots College and Wellington Lions coach Earl Va’a is heading to the Shute Shield in Sydney in 2020: View this post on Instagram 🚨 #RUGBYALERT @northsrugby appoint experienced Kiwi coach Earl Va’a to lead the

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Aisle be Back: the end of the year and the elephant in the room


Mid December and summer just starting and the National 7s this weekend in Tauranga – but we are now closer to the start of the 2020 rugby season than we are to the end of the this year’s season so enjoy the rugby break. By Falkland Islands correspondent Kevin McCarthy. So this is Christmas and

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Short Passes 2 December – news in briefs and happenings


A compelling Central Region 7s tournament on Saturday, with Wellington (men) and Manawatu (women) deserved winners. Both sides were a notch above all others, particularly in the breakdown and turnover. The Rob Law Max Wellington men came together well and Short Passes predicts that a top four finish at Nationals at Mt Maunganui in a

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Short Passes: 11 November


Above: The HOBM Eagles warm up ahead of one of their games on Saturday – they went on to win the Men’s tournament. Photos by Andy McArthur HERE +++++ There are two more weekends of rugby to come in the Wellington region for the rest of 2019. Despite no presence at the just completed American

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Twenty years since Athletic Park closed


Thirty thousand patrons entered Athletic Park for the final time 20 years ago today, 10 October 1999, to watch the Wellington Lions play Otago in round nine of the National Provincial Championship. Athletic Park had been the home of all rugby in Wellington for 97 years. The Lions were also having their best season for

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Short Passes 7 October


+++++ Job done and a perfect representative season for the Wellington Maori side. A late change to proceedings saw them only needing to play once in Saturday’s Te Tini A Maui tournament, taking on Hawke’s Bay Maori for the trophy. A 22-15 win to Te Upoko saw the Hikaia Amohia Trophy put back on the

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Short Passes 16 September (afternoon edition)


Welcome to the last week of winter. The dark days might be behind us soon for another year, but there is an extra spring in the step of rugby players and supporters with the start of the Rugby World Cup just days away. The All Blacks start their campaign against the Springboks this coming Saturday

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Aisle be Back: Rugby World Cup predictions


By Kevin McCarthy Time to make predictions! Utterly useless predictions most likely, but everyone does it and it wouldn’t seem fair not to join in the fun. Are they pointless? Well no obviously not, but you can guarantee that while some assumptions will prevail, others will be ruthlessly overturned by the actual bounce of the

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