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Short Passes 14 October (lunch edition)


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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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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Inaugural Fa’atonu Fili 7s this weekend


Strap on the afterburners, the sevens season is here. The 2019/20 summer of sevens starts this Saturday at Rongotai College with the inaugural Fa’atonu Fili 7s tournament, hosted by Toki Services. Nine Wellington club squads and a ‘Fa’atonu Fili 7’ team will take the field on Rongotai No. 1 for 24 games starting at 9.00am

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Short Passes 30 September (afternoon edition)


Above: Northern United had their trophies on display at the cafe at Te Rauparaha Arena whilst Short Passes was there last week.  The Jubilee Cup on the right, while the American Ambassador’s Trophy is back left and will soon be contested in the WRFU’s three-leg men’s club sevens series.  Senior representative 15 rugby has now

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Wins for Wellington Lions and Wellington Pride


The Wellington Pride and the Wellington Lions both went big in the second halves of their games at Westpac Stadium on Saturday to beat Waikato and Northland respectively. Both teams are in semi-finals positions as the business end of the season draws nearer. Meanwhile, the Wellington Development’s scheduled fixture against the Auckland Bs was cancelled

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Lions and Pride at home this Saturday


UPDATE: The Wellington Development versus Auckland B fixture has been cancelled, owing to a flight cancellation and unavailability of a new flight.  September comes to a close on Saturday with the Wellington Lions and Pride teams playing at home against Northland and Waikato teams. See below for more: The Wellington Development team that was scheduled

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Sevens season just around the corner


Rugby never sleeps. An exciting season of 15s rugby is drawing to a close around the playing fields of Wellington and the lower North Island, ushering in the 2019/20 sevens season. There are several prominent college, club and representative Sevens tournaments to look forward to in Wellington and further afield between now and February, including

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Short Passes 23 September


Above. The Wellington U16As after their 67-5 win over their Wairarapa Bush counterparts on Saturday. PHOTO by Andy McArthur. Full gallery of these photos here  Updated: The Rugby World Cup and climate change are the two issues dominating New Zealand at the moment. Closer to home and back in reality, there is still some rugby

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What’s on in rugby Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 September


Sumptuous September for rugby supporters continues this weekend, with several matches involving Wellington teams to follow, near and far. Matches at a glance: Saturday 21 September Wellington Development v Tasman Development, Blenheim, 1.30pm Wellington Maori v Tasman Maori, Blenheim, 12.00pm U18 final – Centurions U18s v Whanganui U18s, Cooks Gardens Whanganui 12.45pm U18 3rd v

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