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25 May: Waitohi player Bevan Moody passes away

A Tasman club rugby player has passed away after suffering cardiac arrest during a game on Saturday. New Zealand Rugby announced today that 22-year-old Bevan Moody passed away this morning. He is survived by his partner Kendra and his two-year-old daughter Maddison. Moody had been in an induced coma in Nelson Hospital since Saturday evening. The young prop suffered cardiac arrest in the second half of the match between Nelson Club and Waitohi and stopped breathing. t is the second rugby related death in as many weeks across the country. 19-year-old Wellington club player Daniel Baldwin died last Wednesday after suffering an injury in a game the previous weekend. Moody played for the New Zealand Barbarians in 2013 and was a trialist for the New Zealand under-20s side the following season. Read more here

24 May: Read joins Steelers

All Blacks Captain Kieran Read headed back to school today for a special event, with the inspirational loose forward announcing he has signed a new two-year contract with New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders through to the end of 2019. In recognition of his roots, Read has also revealed he is returning to the province where he was born and raised, and has also signed with Counties Manukau through to 2019. 31-year-old Read made the announcement in front of an excited school assembly at his old school, Rosehill College, in Papakura this morning.

22 May: Rangataua knock over previous leaders in BoP

Rangataua Sports proved they are more than capable of defending their Baywide title with a comprehensive 33-19 victory over previous leaders Te Puna at Te Ariki Park on Saturday. Rangataua's first-half performance was about as complete a 40-minute performance you could hope for with fast ruck ball and clever switches of play from their sharp backline proving too much for the Te Puna defence. Scottish winger Frank Robson, centre Timo Gardiner and lock Jesse Parete finished off excellent team tries with Steamers fullback Chase Tiatia returning to his best form with ball in hand as Rangataua led 19-5 at the break. Read more here 

20 May: New caps in NZ Sevens team

Tamati Samuels and Jesse Houston are the new faces in the New Zealand team for the final tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series in London. Samuels, from Hawke's Bay, and Houston, from Canterbury, come into the side after Rocky Khan (calf), Sione Molia (shoulder) and Jamie Booth (quad) were ruled out because of injuries they suffered in the Paris leg last weekend. Tasman's Andrew Knewstubb returns from injury for London, which begins on Saturday night (NZT). Read more here

18 May: Wellington Colts player passes away

Club Rugby's thoughts today are with the family, friends and teamates ofWellington Axemen Colts player Daniel Baldwin passed away yesterday evening. Daniel had been in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital since Saturday after collapsing during a match at Ngati Toa Domain last Saturday. The collective thoughts of everyone in the Wellington rugby community are with the Baldwin family and the Wellington Football Club at what is an extremely difficult time for everyone involved in our game. The New Zealand Rugby Foundation, New Zealand Rugby and the WRFU have offered their full support to the Baldwin family and offered counselling to other parties affected by this tragic accident.

17 May: Triggs to retire from rugby

Hayden Triggs has confirmed his retirement from rugby after a 'stressful' season where the former Maori All Blacks lock had to cope with losing his three-week old baby daughter Stella. Triggs, 35 and a former Linton Army solider, had represented the Hurricanes, the Highlanders, the Chiefs and the Blues before joining Leinster in 2015. He first played at provincial level for Manawatu in 2002 and won 70 caps for the Manawatu Turbos, as well as representing Otago (2009-2010) and North Harbour (2014-15). Read more here

16 May: First XV 'arms race' heats up

A group of principals were concerned that some schools were taking advantage of the rules to gain an edge, Christchurch Boys' High School headmaster Nic Hill said in a statement. The New Zealand Schools Rugby Union (NZSRU) changed the rules last year so 19-year-old non-domestic players could no longer compete. Hill said Canterbury's UC Championship, run by the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU), was not being consistent with the national rules. It still allowed players who would not be eligible under the national rules to receive "dispensation" to play. Read more here 

12 May: Manawatu mid-season report

At the halfway point of the Manawatu club rugby season, the regular playoff contenders have worked themselves into a handy lead from the chasing pack.But they might not have it all their own way with many of the teams below them rounding into form. A look at how each team is looking for the second half of the season. Read more here

11 May: MAGS second in the world

Mount Albert Grammar School's First XV rugby team are the second-best high school side in the world. The team picked up the silver medal at the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in Japan last month - a competition that has been won by New Zealand schools nine times throughout its 17-year history.They beat out high school teams from Russia, Japan, South Africa, Fiji, England, Chinese Taipei, and Korea, before losing to Lycees de la Borde Basse from France in a close final.But it could have gone the other way for MAGS, who lost 3-9 to the French team, and were disallowed a try that the referee later apologised for not awarding. Read more here

10 May: Two teams withdraw from sub-union versus premier grade

Central and Eastern sub-union players could be forced to merge with other teams, as the two sub-union teams are unable to muster enough players for their matches against premier grade rugby teams on Wednesday and Saturday. The four Southland country sub-unions of Western, Central, Northern and Eastern plus the Southland Under-19 team and a Town team had all been selected to be playing two games each this week against the six clubs from the Premier grade. This initiative was designed to give club players an extra pathway to represent Southland Country, Town and Southland B. Read more here

Stories
NZ Provincial Barbarians confirm squad
26 May: NZ Provincial Barbarians confirm squad

The New Zealand Provincial Barbarians have extended their squad to face the Lions in their tour opener. The final selection includes several changes from the original team announcement last month, with a number of players involved in Investec Super Rugby action. Experienced campaigner Dwayne Sweeney comes into the midfield, alongside former All Blacks Sevens player Sam Vaka.

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   NOBM win Hawke’s Bay first round competitions
21 May: NOBM win Hawke’s Bay first round competitions

The Napier Old Boys Marist club is top of the pile in the Hawke’s Bay. One of the dominant teams in New Zealand club rugby at present, NOBM cruised to the first round Premier Nash Cup title yesterday with a 39-10 win over Napier Pirate and Sports. The NOBM Reserves won the second tier first round Pratt Trophy yesterday as well, while their Colts also won their first round title.

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Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Crusaders review and Cheetahs preview
18 May: Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Crusaders review and Cheetahs preview

So it was a case of Down Trou Monday, and not-so-bad Tuesday. Were you, too, baffled by some of the comments out of the Canes camp? The team got a fair bit of a roasting in media at the start of the week;  a reflection of the general gloom about the Canes getting well beaten by a Crusaders side with a tough pack, in your face defence, and a ruthless mindset. On reflection, some of that flagellation was a bit overdone.

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Coastal on top halfway through Taranaki club rugby competition
15 May: Coastal on top halfway through Taranaki club rugby competition

Coastal finished top of the first round of Taranaki premier rugby, but Tukapa are breathing down their necks in second. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography. Coastal have taken out the Brian Duffy Memorial Trophy after claiming top spot at the halfway point of Taranaki Premier club rugby with just the one loss to their name in seven matches.

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Two new caps in Black Ferns squad
14 May: Two new caps in Black Ferns squad

Two new players have been selected in the Black Ferns squad for next month's International Women’s Rugby Series. Auckland's Theresa Fitzpatrick and North Harbour's Rebecca Wood are the two new faces. Centre Fitzpatrick has played the last three seasons for Auckland and has also previously represented the Black Ferns sevens, while Lock Wood played all seven matches for North Harbour in her debut Farah Palmer Cup campaign last year.

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Featured Points Table
National Provincial Championship Premiership 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Canterbury 10 8 2 0 397 219 8 40
Taranaki 10 7 2 1 338 259 7 37
Tasman 10 7 2 1 306 234 4 34
Counties Manukau 10 6 4 0 284 234 10 34
Auckland 10 5 5 0 335 302 10 30
Waikato 10 5 4 1 269 259 8 30
Hawke's Bay 10 2 8 0 251 383 8 16
Featured Points Table
National Provincial Championship Championship 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Otago 10 7 3 0 290 267 6 34
Wellington 10 6 4 0 300 296 8 32
North Harbour 10 5 4 1 262 263 4 26
Manawatu 10 4 6 0 259 266 7 23
BoP 10 3 7 0 302 316 11 23
Northland 10 1 9 0 280 380 7 11
Southland 10 2 8 0 201 396 3 11
Featured Points Table
Heartland Championship 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wanganui 8 8 0 0 362 110 6 38
South Canterbury 8 7 1 0 324 162 8 36
Buller 8 6 2 0 258 190 6 30
Wairarapa Bush 8 6 2 0 240 174 6 30
Mid Canterbury 8 5 3 0 282 198 7 27
King Country 8 4 2 2 236 170 5 25
Poverty Bay 8 3 5 0 296 268 8 20
North Otago 8 2 4 2 230 246 5 17
Horowhenua Kapiti 8 2 5 1 224 260 5 15
West Coast 8 2 6 0 188 404 3 11
Thames Valley 8 0 7 1 158 324 3 5
East Coast 8 0 8 0 166 458 3 3
Featured Points Table
Women's NPC - Farah Palmer Cup 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Counties Manukau 6 6 0 0 218 33 5 29
Auckland 6 5 1 0 220 84 6 26
Canterbury 6 5 1 0 229 108 5 25
Wellington 6 4 2 0 149 128 4 20
Manawatu 6 3 3 0 153 125 7 19
Waikato 6 2 4 0 111 121 3 11
North Harbour 6 2 4 0 116 161 3 11
Otago 6 0 6 0 66 300 1 1
BoP 6 0 6 0 26 228 0 0
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