Boys n da Hood win Fa’atonu Fili 7s


Fa’atonu Fili’s invitational team were celebrating in the rain this afternoon at Rongotai College, after winning the inaugural tournament in his name in association with Toki Services at Rongotai College. Pouring rain for the two semi-finals eased somewhat for the final between Fili’s Boys n da Hood team and national club champions Northern United in

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Sophie Devine enjoying new rugby challenge


“All the girls knew what I was getting in for and who I was up against in my first game but I had no idea and they didn’t want to scare me off,” says Sophie Devine on her debut rugby match against Oriental-Rongotai and marking Black Ferns wing Ayesha Leti-l’iga. “They didn’t tell me until

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Jaguares (Club Night)


By Kevin McCarthy Now of course the game this weekend is important. They’re all important. The Jaguares can be formidable on a good day and their pack is the sort that could give ours some undue grief. But really, it’s those same Jaguares the Rebels, the Bulls, and the Lions – and the Highlanders –

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Mid-table scramble after high scoring eighth round


Premier Swindale Shield results HERE (individual points scorers to be updated) By Steven White and Scott MacLean The 2019 Swindale is set to go down to the wire over the final fortnight, with Hutt Old Boys Marist out in front and still  unbeaten, but with Northern United and Oriental-Rongotai breathing down their neck – and

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Eagles go top after Kilbirnie thrillers


Draws & Results HERE  UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING: The Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles have soared to the top of the 2019 Swindale Shield standings after the opening month, hanging on to beat Poneke 36-34 this afternoon and registering their fourth straight win to start the season. The Eagles put on a strong performance in the

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Short Passes – 1 April


  Above: HOBM edged Twa 25-24 on Saturday in one of several close games in hot conditions. PHOTO: Warwick Burke. Two weeks into the Premier season, and there are eight unbeaten teams of 28 in the Premier and Premier Reserve grades that have been in action so far. View the Draws & Results HERE More

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Chiefs


By Kevin McCarthy. Ngani Laumape plays his 50 th match for the Canes this round so its as good a time as any to wonder why he is still seemingly a fringe All Black selection. Given his consistent form for nigh on two seasons, and this, and his clear talents as a powerful, go-forward second

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Club Rugby A-Z 2019


Above: Northern United players celebrate their 2018 opening win over Petone. Norths went on to win the Swindale Shield and make the final of the Jubilee Cup. PHOTO: NZ Lenz.  The 2019 club season gets underway across the province next weekend, with the first round of the now-abridged Premier Swindale Shield and Premier Reserve Harper

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NZ Development Men’s and Women’s 7s teams head to Japan


  The New Zealand Men’s and Women’s 7s Development teams will assemble this weekend to travel to Okinawa, Japan for matches against the Japanese national sevens teams. The All Blacks Sevens Development team is Losi Filipo Wellington Dan Fransen Canterbury Taylor Haugh Otago Jacob Kneepkens Taranaki Peni Lasaqa Bay of Plenty James Little North Harbour

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Wellington’s “Ghost” Rugby Clubs Part 11: Wadestown RFC


  Photo above: Soon to be selected All Black, Neven McEwan in 1955, left, with Australian sporting great, Ken McGregor. A MOST VALUABLE MEANS OF CIVILISING YOUNG MEN “The Wadestown Club” By Gordon Noble-Campbell. On 10 February 1910, the then Mayor of Wellington, Dr Alfred Kingcome Newman, remarked when opening the new Wadestown clubrooms on Pitt

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