This weekend Bay of Plenty Steamers lock Culum Retallick will run out for his 100th time for the Bay of Plenty Provincial side in Auckland, when Bay of Plenty takes on North Harbour.
Retallick becomes Bay of Plenty Rugby’s seventeenth centurion, having played all his provincial rugby for Bay of Plenty. Retallick debuted for Bay of Plenty on 13th July 2007 against Hawkes Bay in Napier. He achieved his fiftieth cap against Counties Manukau in 2011.
Canterbury have won the Ranfurly Shield, beating Waikato 29-23 in Hamilton on Wednesday night. A Shield thriller was on the cards, but Canterbury second five-eighth Jordie Barrett nailed to late penalties to break a 23-23 deadlock. This is the first time since 2011 that Canterbury has held the famous NZ provincal rugby prize aloft. Their one challenge this year is against North Harbour on 7 October.
Robbie Fruean has linked with his old New Zealand coaches at English club Bath. He will move north once he completes his stint with Hawke's Bay in the NPC. Kiwi coaches Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson are making a rapid impression at Bath, who sit third on the English Premiership table with three wins and a loss from the opening month. Fruean is held in high regard by the coaching duo who returned him to the Crusaders in 2015 and 2016 after a deal with the Chiefs was blighted by illness. Fruean started with the Hurricanes in 2009.
Wellington Rugby and Losi Filipo have mutually agreed to the termination of his contract. Filipo today withdrew himself from the Wellington Lions 2016 Men's NPC squad in a move he hopes will go some way toward helping the victims of his assault move on with their lives. With support from his representative and the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association Filipo approached Wellington Rugby this afternoon seeking a release from his playing contract and, after discussions the parties agreed that the termination of his contract was the best outcome for all parties.
UPDATE: It's a Counties Manukau v Auckland final next weekend. Auckland will host Canterbury and Counties Manukau will entertain Wellington in today's two Farah Palmer Cup Women's NPC semi-finals. View the line-ups at Draws & Results across the top of this page.
Canterbury (Premiership) and Otago (Championship) are the two teams on top of the two Men's NPC divisions after another completed round of matches. The two teams met each other on Saturday, with Canterbury winning 45-34. Auckland completed the round with a 44-38 win over Bay of Plenty in the last match on Sunday. The compeition resumes on Wednesday night when Waikato put the Ranfurly Shield on the line against Canterbury. For more view Draws & Results across the top of this page.
Most of the stars of Hawke's Bay's 1966-1969 Ranfurly Shield rugby era will be in Napier this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the day the shield was won. Hawke's Bay hadn't held the Shield for32 years when they challenged new holders Waikato in Hamilton, on Saturday, September 24, 1966, and won 6-0. The anniversary falls this Saturday, with a reunion of players at the 2016 Magpies' Mitre 10 Cup 7.35pm match against Tasman Makos at Napier's McLean Park, where capacity crowds up to a record 26,000 for one game watched 22 defences before the first defeat when Canterbury claimed the Log o' Wood with an 18-11 win on September 28, 1969. It would be another 47 years before Hawke's Bay won the shield again. Read more here
Prop Kalolo Tuiloma's unlikely try treble powered Counties-Manukau to a 35-26 NPC victory tonight over Waikato to see them go to the top of the table. Tuiloma scored all his tries early as the Steelers raced to a 19-0 lead. Read more here
Northland's search for a Men's NPC win comes back to the last ground on which they tasted victory. They take on an in-form Wellington at Toll Stadium in what shapes to be a decisive fixture. Despite not registering a win so far in 2016, the Taniwha could still make the playoffs......all they need to do is simply win every one of their four remaining matches. That begins with a clash against Wellington who are running second in the Championship. They're coming off the back of a 24-10 win over Bay of Plenty, a side that beat Northland just two weeks ago 52-25. Read more here
The Ranfurly Shield stays in Hamilton after a 20-all draw.No 8 Toa Halafihi charged over for two of Taranaki's tries that looked to have tipped the scales in their favour in a thriller at Waikato Stadium on Sunday, after impressive Fijian winger Sevu Reece bagged a brilliant brace for Waikato. But the holders fought back and Tyler Campbell's try on debut and Sam Christie's penalty levelled the scores at 20-20. One controversial flash point was the TMO's adjudging of Seta Tamanivalu's no-arms take out of Christie in the lead-up to Stephen Perofeta crossing the tryline for Taranaki. It was disallowed and it denied them a 25-17 lead. Read more here
Jordie Barrett (Coastal/Lincoln University) has signed a two-year deal to play for Hurricanes and will join his brother Beauden in Wellington for the 2017 and 2018 Investec Super Rugby seasons. The multi-talented 19-year-old will become the third member of the Barrett family to play for the Hurricanes after his father Kevin and older brother. Barrett was a member of the New Zealand Under 20s team at the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championships in England and will again be available for the national age grade squad in 2017.
Above photo: Parents and supporters were entertained after Day 5 of the Roller Mills tournament in New Plymouth. Auckland East, Auckland West, Bay of Plenty and Northland are the four top teams heading into the Roller Mills Tournament semi-finals tomorrow after five days of round robin play.
Perhaps it was case of the rugby season being a bit too predictable to date, but 10 days ago I decided to mix up things a bit by having a heart attack and winding up in Wellington's cardiology ward. I don't know if you've had a similar shock but on Saturday evening, it was certainly panic stations to learn I was being admitted to hospital. Obviously it's totally unfamiliar territory, and the key question was where and how was I going to watch the Boks test.
Article courtesy of College Sport Media The 2016 New Zealand Schools and Barbarians Schools teams have been named today. The series, to be played in Auckland, involves matches against Fiji Schools and Australia Schools.
Above: Alex Fidow on the burst for Wellington against Canterbury in their bronze match. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography The Jock Hobbs National U19 tournament concluded yesterday in Taupo with Waikato winning the main event.
Above: Waikato celebrating their win at the National U19 tournament in Taupo today. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography UPDATE 2: Waikato are the Premiership Graham Mourie Cup final champions and Counties Manukau are the Championship Michael Jones Trophy winners at the conclusion of the third annual National U19 tournament in Taupo today.