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Tasman's ability to beat Taranaki away from home has been highlighted for a second straight year after they upset the Mitre 10 Cup [Men's NPC competition] Premiership top qualifiers 30-29 in New Plymouth. The victory sets up another final in Christchurch next Saturday with Canterbury favoured to continue their domination of domestic rugby. While Taranaki looked arguably the more dangerous side for periods, they were let down badly by their discipline as they got on the wrong side of referee Nick Briant and paid the ultimate price in failing to send veteran coach Colin Cooper off in the sort of style many in their province would have wanted. Read more and watch video highlights here
Veteran Black Ferns and Auckland Storm halfback Emma Jensen has been named in the British Barbarians first women's team. Former Black Fern Jensen will join players from seven countries under the banner of the famous English club. The women's team will play a Munster outfit at Thomond Park in Limmerick, Ireland on November 10. Read more here
New Zealand’s rugby community is mourning the loss of former All Blacks Head Coach Peter Burke, who passed away aged 90. A Taranaki centurion, Burke played 117 matches for the amber and blacks including a successful Ranfurly Shield tenure as captain in 1958. Burke played 12 matches for the All Blacks, including three Tests, he retired from playing in 1959. Turning his attention to coaching, Burke served as a selector and assistant coach of Taranaki, and tasted more Ranfurly Shield success as the Union enjoyed their most successful Shield tenure in history during this time. Burke coached the All Blacks in 1981 and 1982, his 11 matches in charge of the All Blacks included series wins over the Springboks and the Wallabies. Burke served as New Zealand Rugby Union President in 1994 and received a New Zealand Order of Merit in 1997 for services to sport. In 2008 Burke was named a life member of New Zealand Rugby
Two of the country's leading women's players are celebrating 100-game milestones this weekend in round 5 of the Farah Palmer Cup. Black Ferns captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili celebrated her 100th game for the Auckland Storm on Friday night with a try in the Storm's 37-5 win over North Harbour. Black Ferns fullback Selica Winiata is set to play her 100th first-class game (69 for Manawatu) on Saturday for the Manawatu Cyclones against the Hawke's Bay Tuis in Napier.
Former All Blacks and Marist St Pat's loose forward Victor Vito has been named the 2017 French Top 14 Player of the Year. Vito who plays for French Club La Rochelle was awarded Top 14 Player of the Year after being nominated. Vito who played 33 tests for New Zealand and eight seasons for the Hurricanes before joining La Rochelle last year, beat out fellow nominees Clermont centre Remi Lamerat and Lyon flanker Carl Fearns for the honour.
Wellington Football Club is seeking expressions of interest from Coaches and Managers for the 2018 season for multiple coaching and management positions. To find out more about the Axemen, visit their website or Facebook page www.wellingtonfootballclub.org.nz / www.facebook.com/WellingtonAxemen To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Club Captain, Walker Manaena or if you require any further information please contact:Walker Manaena Club Captain, Wellington Football Club email@example.com or Charlie Fuller Rugby and Coach Development Officer, Wellington Football Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Neither Mitch or Luke Jacobson were alive when two brothers last played together for Waikato. But the two youngest of three Jacobson brothers became Waikato's first in 23 years when Luke made his Men's NPC debut against Taranaki in August. The last were Tom and Richard Coventry during Waikato's 1994 season and former All Blacks Steve and Rob Gordon were before them having played for the Mooloos in 1991. Five Clarke brothers - Ian, Doug, Don, Brian and Graeme - famously played together for Waikato against Thames Valley in 1961 and four Clarkes on the field at once wasn't uncommon in that era. Read more here
Hastings Boys’ High School have won the National Top Four for the first time after defeating Hamilton Boys’ High School 25-17 in a gripping final which featured six lead changes. St Mary’s College beat Hamilton Girls’ High School 29-12 to win the Girls final, while St Peter’s School beat Feilding High School 31-3 to win the Co-ed Cup final. Read more here
Emma Jensen is set to become the first player to mark 100 matches in the women’s national provincial championship when she takes the field for the Auckland Storm at Eden Park on Saturday. The former Black Ferns halfback has played 24 matches for Waikato and Saturday sees her 76th match for the Auckland Storm, against traditional rivals Canterbury (kick off 12.05pm). Jensen played in the first season of women’s provincial championship rugby in 1999 and spent five seasons with Waikato. The three-time Women’s Rugby World Cup winner has also won 10 provincial titles with Auckland, has 49 Black Ferns Test caps to her name and earlier this year celebrated 150 matches for her club side College Rifles.
The NZ Barbarians National 1st XV Championships are being held at the Sport and Rugby Institute in Palmerston North this coming Friday and Sunday. The ‘Top Four’ tournament has been staged every year since 1982. See the link below for a compilation of results and scoring from each of the finals 1982-2016. This year’s semi-finalists are Saint Kentigern College, Hamilton Boys’ High School, Hastings Boys’ High School and Southland Boys’ High School. Read more here
After an exciting weekend of semifinal action, the 2017 finalists have been confirmed across the Men's NPC, Farah Palmer Cup and Heartland Championship. Canterbury will get the chance to defend their Premiership title at home next week and once again host Tasman in the final. Canterbury were too strong for North Harbour in their semifinal, winning 35-24 at home. Tasman upset the table-topping Taranki with a thrilling 30-29 victory in New Plymouth.
Can't wait for Bledisloe Three this weekend. The battle between the world number 1 and number 3 teams. Actually I could happily not have Bled Three. Happily not see another test match against Australia for oh, a year or so. Because, as I've said before, the Bled is officially boring. The three-test Bledisloe is a historic hangover, from the days when the Wallabies had parity or even supremacy. That was pretty much the late 20th century. Aussie fans are voting with their feet.
The top four teams and the venues have been determined in each of New Zealand’s three national rugby competitions and divisions of the Men’s and Women’s NPC and the Heartland Championship. In the Men’s NPC , the Premiership semi-finalists were already decided heading into the last round, but the order of finishing needed resolving. Top qualifiers Taranaki will take on the Tasman Makos and second placed Canterbury will host third placed North Harbour.
A new era of professional sevens rugby in New Zealand is officially here as All Blacks Sevens Coach Clark Laidlaw introduces new talent, rejuvenates experienced legs and unveils a new home base for the squad. With more than half of the 2017/18 squad finalised, Laidlaw has today confirmed Bailey Simonsson (Bay of Plenty) and Jona Nareki (Otago) among the new talent contracted for the 2017/2018 international season.
The Ranfurly Shield is returning to the North Island. Photo credit: Sky Sport. Taranaki added spice to this year’s Men’s NPC competition by taking the Ranfurly Shield off Canterbury in their eighth round fixture in Christchurch on Friday night. The amber and blacks have won the Ranfurly Shield five times before and most recently in 2012, but this was the first time they had won it off Canterbury, a perennial holder. They did it in style too.