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Tries of the Season: Men’s Club Rugby Part 3

12/12/2019

Above: Northern United win the 2019 Jubilee Cup final. PHOTO: NZ Lenz. Part 3 of our Tries of the Season series, looking back at some of the action in 2019 in club rugby. (Part 1 HERE) (Part 2 HERE ) Continuing the series in the men’s game, with some highlights from the Swindale Shield, Hardham

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Autumnal Equinox start for club rugby 2020

09/12/2019

Mark down Saturday 21 March for the first day of club rugby in 2020 – the opening day of Autumn. The shadows will be lengthening and the days getting shorter, but that means one thing in Wellington: the Swindale Shield. The WRFU has released the draw for the first round of the 2020 season –

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Tries of the Season: Men’s Club Rugby Part 2

09/12/2019

Above: Tupou Sopoaga (Petone) and Dane Coles (Poneke) in action in their F.J Tilyard Shield fixture earlier this year. Both players feature separately in tries below. PHOTO: Andy McArthur. Part 2 of our Tries of the Season series, looking back at some of the action in 2019 in club rugby. (Part 1 HERE) Continuing the

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Tries of the Season: Men’s Club Rugby Part 1

06/12/2019

Above: Pepesana Patafilo streaks clear to score one of his two tries for Tawa against Marist St Pat’s in early May. PHOTO: Barry Stead. A torrent of tries were scored this season in Wellington club rugby. In the first part of our try-scoring clips highlights this year, we take a look at some of action

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Short Passes 25 November – rugby news and happenings

25/11/2019

A balmy day at Porirua Park on Saturday for the second annual Wellington Provincial 7s tournament. A small group of teams took part in what was a warm-up event for this coming weekend’s Central 7s qualifiers in Levin (and in the case of Canterbury, the Southern qualifiers in Timaru). Wellington fielded two men’s and two

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Twenty years since Athletic Park closed

10/10/2019

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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Billy Wallace competition Team of the Season

02/08/2019

For many years we’ve named a team comprised of the best of the Billy Wallace Best & Fairest standings, and our seventh edition for 2019 is no different. There’re a few curiosities in this year’s competition, where the 3-2-1 scoring was again allocated by the match officials. Traditionally the domain of big ball-carrying loose forwards

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This week in club rugby history 24-30 June

25/06/2019

Above: Tyro centre Wes Goosen bursts through to score for OBU when they beat MSP 29-20 on the Basin Reserve in 2015. In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below 24 June 1967: The Dominion reports that “the relentless progress of

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Time Still On Wainui’s Side

20/06/2019

Above: Wainuiomata celebrating their first round win over Old Boys University at Nairnville Park. Header: Teru Time playing against Paremata-Plimmerton in the Swindale Shield. PHOTOS: Stewart Baird. By Adam Julian In 2014 Wainuiomata reached the Jubilee Cup final for the only time in their history. The best run of consecutive victories achieved that season was

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This week in history: 10-16 June

12/06/2019

In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below. 10 June 1961: Petone snaps a four-year first round losing streak to Onslow, beating them 9-3 and retaining their three-point lead at the top of the table after seven rounds. Petone maintain their

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