Wellington Lions

Short Passes 29 October


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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Aisle be Back: The RWC quarter-finals


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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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: The Lions win at the death and the All Blacks are named


Above: The Wellington Lions retained the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy on Thursday night with a 29-22 win over Counties Manukau.  By Kevin McCarthy Two tries in three minutes and the Lions came roaring home at the death last night against Counties-Manukau. Talk about taking the win and all that, but the coaches will probably wish

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Short Passes 26 August (afternoon edition)


Another month is drawing to a close, but before it does there is a banquet of rugby coming up over the next several days. This sumptuous rugby experience starts this Thursday when the Wellington Lions play the Counties Manukau Stadium Steelers at Wellington Stadium for the Jonah Lomu Trophy (more on that at the bottom)

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Short Passes 5 August


Above the Wellington Axemen U85kg side – back-to-back Division 2 U85kg division champions. The men’s National Provincial Championship starts this Thursday when Southland host Northland but Wellington fans could be forgiven for barely knowing this given the Wellington media’s general rejection of rugby and the closed shop nature of professional rugby. The Wellington Lions open

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Short Passes 29 July – bumper edition + Lions squad naming


Has the bar at Norths’ HQ at Porirua Park closed yet? +++++ Despite being named on Ories’ bench for the Women’s final, Black Fern Selica Winiata was withdrawn prior to kick-off. While Club Rugby firmly believes this was belatedly the right decision, questions have to be asked why the idea of a non-Wellington affiliated player

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Short Passes 15 July (bumper edition)


Monday evening edition.  The championship end of the season is upon us. As of Monday morning there are Jubilee and Hardham Cup semi-finals at the Polo Ground, Lyndhurst Park, Evans Bay Park and the Hutt Rec ( OBU are moving their operation to firmer pastures). View the semi-finals HERE  With school holidays, another quiet week

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